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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

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Mayor Garcetti Agrees to Rethink Parking Ticket Racket

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Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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It looks like Mayor Eric Garcetti might be regretting his plan to use an increase in parking tickets as a projected $3 million or so fund-raiser for the city budget.

See also: Mayor Garcetti's Parking-Ticket Shakedown Blasted

His budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes money to hire 50 more part-time traffic officers. But there was, of course, a backlash. And Garcetti this week had to deny to CBS Los Angeles' Dave Bryan that this was about a de facto parking tax.

Now Parking Freedom Initiative honcho Jay Beeber, a chief critic of the budget plan, says the mayor has agreed to create a "working group on parking reform." Sounds promising:

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Video Spoofs Sorry State of L.A.'s Sidewalks

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Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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  • Honora Talbott/YouTube
A new video spoofing the sad state of L.A.'s sidewalks has hit YouTube, and already it has been tweeted out to the followers of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Garcetti said, "Love this video parody."

The clip shows a number of young people tripping and falling as a result of cracked and raised sidewalks. One woman in a wheelchair gets stranded by a steep section that apparently won't let her wheel away:

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A STILL OF LAST SUMMER'S BOARDWALK TRAGEDY VIA @SNAPCHAT
  • A still of last summer's boardwalk tragedy via @Snapchat
Less than seven months after a car drove onto the Venice boardwalk and plowed into crowds of beach-goers, killing a tourist from Italy, several temporary barricades placed at key locations have been damaged or vandalized to the point of ineffectiveness.

See also: Car Plows Into Crowds on Venice Boardwalk; 1 Dead, 11 Injured

Following the horrific crash at Austin's SXSW festival in which two people died after a car burst through temporary barricades and collided with music lovers early yesterday, we learned that efforts to protect boardwalk users from another such tragedy in Los Angeles have been slow-going.

See also: 2 Killed, 23 Injured After Alleged Drunk Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd

Even as beach weather has graced Los Angeles early this year, permanent "bollards" to block drivers from venturing onto Ocean Front Walk appear to be months away:

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

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Mega-Erupting Sidewalk Endangers Westchester Walkers

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Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:30 AM

MEGAN DISKIN
  • Megan Diskin
A plan to improve four blocks in Westchester -- hailed by former L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Congresswoman Maxine Waters as they posed at its "groundbreaking" last March -- has completely stalled, leaving severely buckled sidewalks that a gymnast might have trouble safely negotiating.

Rosendahl and Waters praised the $1 million "Westchester Streetscape Improvement" project, in which 16 big shade trees, blamed for ruining the sidewalks, were chopped down. And then, nothing. The roots were left exploding from the ground, but no improvements ever came.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

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Villaraigosa Joins USC as a Policy Professor

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Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

USC
  • USC
It's official. Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is getting more work than Robert Downey Jr.

See also: Villaraigosa Joins Mega-PR Firm Edelman.

Villaraigosa turned his post–City Hall career into a six-pack by taking on his sixth job this week, this one as a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, the university announced today.

Such a Mexican. The guy only has a half-dozen jobs:

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Villaraigosa Joins Mega-PR Firm Edelman

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Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

LA WEEKLY
  • LA Weekly
For the ex-mayor who has everything, how about yet another job?

See also: Bitter Herbalife Battle Pits Antonio Villaraigosa Against An Old Friend.

The world's largest public relations firm, Edelman, announced today that Antonio Villaraigosa is coming on-board as a "senior advisor." By our count that makes five gigs for Mayor V. since he left office in July:

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

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Here is 'L.A.'s Coolest Street,' Y'all

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Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 8:08 AM

A YORK CORNER BY MRS MARISSA LYNN / LA WEEKLY FLICKR POOL
The gentrification of inner-city neighborhoods in Los Angeles is bulldozing through at a such a pace that we wouldn't be surprised if a national publication were to name the hypodermic homeland known as San Julian Street on Skid Row as America's next great shopping strip.

As it is, you can't thumb through the pages of a New York-based magazine these days without reading about the wonders of surfboard furniture on Abbot Kinney Boulevard or the insane coffee brewed from beans found in rare Guatemalan rat droppings that you can find on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park:

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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LAPD's No-Tow Policy For The Unlicensed & Undocumented is Safe For Now

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Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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The political hot potato that is the LAPD's towing policy when it comes to unlicensed drivers just got a new topping.

The L.A. City Attorney's office today announced that a state appeals court ruled in City Hall's favor, allowing cops to not tow and impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers stopped by officers or ensnared in DUI checkpoints.

The LAPD policy known as Special Order 7 is a big deal because ...

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

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Down-Home Malibu is Sick of Excessively Vapid Rich Malibu

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Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Our dream of Malibu. - ALEX BEATTIE
Ojai banned chain stores long ago, and that lovely valley town is packed with crowds seeking art, jazz and fine food. Old Town Pasadena welcomed every tony chain and lots of crap ones, erasing Old Town and its hip crowds to lure dazed suburban families and professionals who spend wildly. To each his own.

Malibu -- artsy, salty, get-away-from-Rodeo Drive Malibu -- surprised us. It went with Newport Beach teetering on glam high heels. It forklifted parts of South Coast Plaza to Cross Creek Road so it needn't drive down there. Now, the City Council is -- once again -- considering a chain store ban, so bored is it with Sephora, Kitson, Juicy Couture, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, True Religion and Crapster (just kidding) where ballet and book shops once were. Developers now want Whole Foods, which means Costco and Malibu Jiffy Lube can't be far behind.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Keep Lyft, Uber, Sidecar Apps in L.A., Change.org Petition Says

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Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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  • Uber / Facebook
See also: Ride App Services Told to Shut Down in L.A.

The city of Los Angeles has ordered the hipster ride app companies Lyft, Uber and Sidecar to stop operating locally because they don't have specific permission from City Hall.

The companies -- we talked to two of them -- claim they don't need permission. Now a Change.org petition is backing their side and urging the city to back off on its cease-and-desist order against the ride apps:

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