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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WTF

After Videotaped Fight, a Crackdown For Hollywood Blvd.'s Surly Superheroes?

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Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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A fight between Hollywood Boulevard's surly superheroes Tuesday was caught on video (see it below), and now one fed-up L.A. City Council member wants to crack down.

Tony Arranaga, spokesman for Hollywood-based Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, confirmed to us the news that his boss was working on a council proposal to address the masked mayhem, but details were not available.

It's going to be an uphill battle to fight with the comic-book and blockbuster-inspired men and women who roam the Walk of Fame in search of tips from tourists with cameras.

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Los Angeles is the most unaffordable city in America when it comes to the cost of putting a roof over your head. Rent is out of control. And even average home prices are laughably beyond the reach of a median-income family.

See also: It's Official: L.A. Is the "Most Unaffordable Rental Market" in America

Forget that we have the nation's worst roads or that our public school system has crumbling classrooms. This is L.A.'s most-pressing crisis by far. The only new affordable housing opening up in a town where the per capita single income is $27,900 and the average rent is $1,716 is next to the curb. Cozy.

What's City Hall doing about it? Not much. The East L.A. Community Corporation, which develops low-income housing on the Eastside and beyond, reminded our leaders about that this week.

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A Bill Bloomfield mailer touting Democrat Ben Allen
  • A Bill Bloomfield mailer touting Democrat Ben Allen
Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke running a hotly contested campaign for the 26th state Senate district, which covers much of West L.A., Santa Monica, and the South Bay. But so far, both of their campaigns have been outspent by one man: Bill Bloomfield.

Bloomfield, a retired businessman, has spent nearly $1.3 million* supporting Allen, including $710,000* in the last month. What makes this strange is that it's not entirely clear why.

To hear Bloomfield tell it, he basically just likes the guy.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Police

Controversial Detective Frank Lyga Fired by LAPD Chief, His Lawyer Says

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Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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Updated at the bottom: An LAPD spokesman confirms that "Lyga is no longer in LAPD employee."

Controversial cop Frank Lyga was terminated by Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, the detective's attorney, Ira Salzman, told L.A. Weekly today.

Lyga was sent home with pay in June after a recording of comments he made to an ongoing-training course for law enforcement was brought to the media's attention by political consultant Jasmyne Cannick. The white detective, who justifiably* shot a black officer in 1997 while both were out of uniform, said, "I could have killed a whole truckload of them."

See also: LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

During the November class at the Police Academy, Lyga also called a black civil rights attorney an Ewok, described a fellow cop as a "fruit," and suggested that an LAPD captain slept around.

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The Hollywood film and TV industry told taxpayers that $100 million a year in tax giveaways to keep the business from heading to other states wasn't enough.

And so Sacramento responded by giving one of California's wealthiest industries nearly $1.6 billion of your money over five years, starting in 2015. This despite a finding by the state Legislative Analyst's Office that such "tax incentives" don't really benefit you, the people.

See also: $1.65 Billion Hollywood Tax Giveaway Approved, and It's a Shame

And now we find out the truth: Hollywood hasn't been hurting much at all this year.

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PETE SOUZA FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
  • Pete Souza for the White House
Do you really care what users of a sexually charged hook-up app for guys' guys think about politics?

We do! Remember we're L.A.'s alternative news source. The gay male community is relatively happy with the performance of President Obama, who has made no secret of his support for LGBT rights.

While Obama's overall average approval rating for his latest quarter in office is about 41.5 percent, according to Gallup, approval among Grindr users seems slightly higher:

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Los Angeles is many things to many people. Some idiots think we're all about Hollywood. But a vast majority of the daily lives of average Angelenos has zero to do with Tinseltown. 

Here's an aspect of the city you might have neglected: College and post-college life. We certainly don't have the academic glow of Boston. Yet, by one measure we have the best university on the planet.

See also: Once Again, 2 of the World's Top Universities Are in L.A.

And now a report released this week by CityObservatory shows that Los Angeles is a magnet for the nation's degree-holding young adults:

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ILLUSTRATION BY FRED NOLAND
  • Illustration by Fred Noland

Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver don't seem to like each other much.

The two candidates vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors appeared on KCRW's Which Way L.A.? broadcast last week. Reporters were allowed to remotely listen in to the recording session. Before the broadcast began, Kuehl, her mic already turned on, could be heard bickering at Shriver:

"No wonder your initials are B.S." she said to Shriver, whose response could not be heard. "You're a younger brother, aren't you?"

The candidates' styles could not be more different. Both are charming in their own way. The 73-year-old Kuehl is Zev-esque in her blunt, brusque demeanor, her prickliness and her irritability. One might say she doesn't suffer fools; one might also say she feels a sense of entitlement, as if she deserves the job and Shriver doesn't.

The 60-year-old Shriver exudes buoyancy and boyishness. He can appear excitable, almost manic at times. Where Kuehl is detail-oriented, Shriver is big-picture. Kuehl speaks of the enormity of the job of managing the county's gargantuan $26 billion budget. Shriver speaks of bringing in new blood and new ideas.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Health & Nutrition

Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes For Outdoor Diners

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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Santa Monica, once a bastion of liberal freedoms, has formally banned e-cigarette use in outdoor dining areas, in parks, at beaches, around libraries, and at the city's famed pier.

Santa Monica even banned vaping near ATMs, at bus stops, and "within 20 feet of the entrance, exit or open window of any building open to the public," according to a city statement released yesterday.

See also: L.A. E-Cigarette Ban in Bars, Clubs Burns Some

The City Council recently took a second and final vote on the matter. The ban goes into effect ...

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Something tells us that if African American actress Daniele Watts would have kept quiet and walked away after she was contacted by police for allegedly having sex with her boyfriend in a Mercedes parked at an L.A. curb last month all this would have gone away.

But Watts, known for her work in Django Unchained, immediately claimed racism was at work. It turned out to appear to be a false accusation against the police, and today the L.A. City Attorney's office filed misdemeanor charges of suspicion of lewd conduct against Watts and paramour Brian James Lucas stemming from that alleged sex show in Studio City Sept. 11.

See also: Daniele Watts' Story About a Racist LAPD Stop Is Falling Apart

Witnesses said they saw the pair getting it on:

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