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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lyfters
  • Lyfters
Uber and Lyft won a victory at L.A. City Hall last week when the City Council failed to muster enough votes to appeal state regulations allowing ride-sharing. But away from City Hall, the battle between ride-sharing apps and traditional taxis is just getting started.

The taxi industry is appealing the state's regulations, and United Independent Taxi Drivers has taken the matter to court. In a lawsuit, UITD -- one of L.A.'s taxi companies -- alleges that Uber, Lyft and Sidecar pose unfair competition.

"Our business has taken a dramatic hit from these companies operating everywhere," said Michael Giler, the operations manager for UITD. "We needed to protect ourselves."

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FILE PHOTO OF A WATER TREATMENT FACILITY BY SKRYTEBANE / FLICKR
  • File photo of a water treatment facility by Skrytebane / Flickr
The discovery of body parts at two L.A. County wastewater treatment plants got more macabre today when an additional body part was found.

See also: Body Parts Found in L.A. County Water Treatment Facilities.

An official with the L.A. County Department of the Coroner tells the Weekly the find was reported to that office about 9 a.m. The location was the same wastewater treatment facility where remains were found Saturday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department:

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SANTA MONICA AIRPORT BY NOGWATER / FLICKR
  • Santa Monica Airport by Nogwater / Flickr
Following last month's fatal crash of a private jet at Santa Monica Airport, the city of Santa Monica is suing the Federal Aviation Administration over control of the neighborhood landing strip.

See also: Fiery Crash at Santa Monica Airport.

The community around Santa Monica Airport, including Mar Vista located on the City of Los Angeles side, has long been opposed to the kind of air traffic, including private jets, that affects the area. Critics maintain that the facility, surrounded by residential neighborhoods, was never designed for jets. But they have faced one problem:

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CHAD FAHNESTOCK FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Chad Fahnestock for LA Weekly
The scariest thing you could see tonight is an LAPD unit in your rear view.

So don't be that drunk idiot for Halloween. And if you are, try a taxi, Uber, Lyft or a sober friend. Just in case you don't get that message, Los Angeles police are warning that they'll be on the streets not only tonight but throughout the weekend, looking to show you what a real house of horrors their jail cells are.

Here's your 411 for fright night and beyond:

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JUNE CAMPBELL / FLICKR
  • June Campbell / Flickr
Just in time for Halloween, prosecutors announced that a former Lancaster funeral home embalmer operated as a quasi–grave robber by snatching gold crowns straight from cold bodies and pawning them.

Pete Jacob Lara, 39, was hit with more than two dozen felony counts, the L.A. County District Attorney's said this week. Prosecutors also allege he ...

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FILE PHOTO BY CHRIS YARZAB / FLICKR
A Southern California autistic teen caught up in a high school drug string is suing the district that allegedly let it happen.

See also: Autistic Teen's Undercover Pot Bust Angers Community.

Jesse Snodgrass, now 18, was busted for Chaparral High School in December of last year after allegedly providing an undercover cop posing as a student some weed. However ...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Corruption

Sen. Ron Calderon Bribed by Undercover Agent, Report Says

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SEN. RON CALDERON WITH WIFE ANA, VIA HIS OFFICE
  • Sen. Ron Calderon with wife Ana, via his office
State Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, took bribes in exchange for supporting legislation that would have extended tax credits to some low-budget films, according to Al Jazeera America, which bases its bombshell report on a federal affidavit it says it has obtained.

The organization also says Calderon's adult children, Ronald and Thomas, "collected more than $1 million in payments from people who have wanted to shape California laws to their benefit:"

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CECILIA ABADIE / FACEBOOK
  • Cecilia Abadie / Facebook
A Southern California woman might be the first person ever to have received a traffic ticket for driving while under the influence of ... Google Glass?!

Yes. Google Glass enthusiast Cecilia Abadie says she was ticketed for using the internet-connected device even though, she claims, it wasn't active when she was driving:

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FILE PHOTO BY LAPD / FACEBOOK
  • File photo by LAPD / Facebook
A man and his son were shot outside their home in Venice following a road rage incident last night, police said.

The pair were hospitalized in stable condition, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told us. The attack happened after the father got into a traffic incident with suspects in a silver Toyota four-door that had cut him off as he rode his motorcycle in Venice, an LAPD detective told us.

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We are truly media gluttons.

Researchers from the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at the USC Marshall School of Business crunched the numbers in terms of how much television, radio, phone and computer media Americans consume each day and came up with a number:

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