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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Repo Man Murdered After Legally Towing a Car, L.A. Deputies Say

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Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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You've seen repo men and women on reality television, and even though the scenarios sometimes seem set up, you get the picture: This is a dangerous job.

One L.A.-area repo man was murdered yesterday after he hooked up a car and drove away in his tow truck, only to be followed by people in "multiple vehicles," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

A shots fired call at Rosecrans and Atlantic avenues in Compton brought out the cops ... 

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A woman worried because her husband didn't return home to Long Beach Saturday night after embarking on a fishing trip phoned the U.S. Coast Guard, which launched an epic search for the man and his four pals.

They were just fine, spending some quality bro time docked at Avalon Harbor, the USGS says.

The woman isn't facing any possible charges, but the agency said this case illustrates how important it is to have a plan, stick to it, and communicate when you hit the high seas:

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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L.A.'s 5 Most Expensive Rental Neighborhoods Are on the Westside

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM
L.A. is in the midst of a housing crisis, including impossible real estate prices and some of the highest rents in America.

And, according to the online rental marketplace Lovely, it's not getting much better: Rent increased six percent compared to last year, the site says. The good news is that the city saw a "slight" decline in the median rent in the second quarter of 2014.

But rents in some of our neighborhoods are just astronomical. Here are L.A.'s 5 most expensive rental neighborhoods, according to Lovely, which analyzed rental inventory in select American big cities:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

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Spider-Man Kicked Out of Echo Park Lotus Festival (PHOTO)

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Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM
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In 2010 the masked characters known as the superheroes of Hollywood Boulevard won a huge federal court case that allows them to continue to perform on the Walk of Fame near Highland Avenue.

See also: Superheroes Allowed Back On Hollywood Boulevard Thanks To Federal Judge's Ruling

The Los Angeles Police Department had previously shooed them from the area for allegedly harassing tourists for tips, but a federal judge issued an injunction that now prevents police from arresting or moving the superheroes for simply being in costume.

So why was Spider-Man kicked out of a public park over the weekend, an event that was captured with a photograph?

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

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Hidden Cash Giveaway Returns to L.A.

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Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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The once-anonymous man behind the "Hidden Cash" Twitter account says he'll bring his treasure-hunt generosity back to L.A. this week.

The giveaways of $20 to sometimes $180 or so caused pandemonium in Los Angeles in late May when he hid cash around the county, causing some to run into traffic and swarm parks, beaches and other drop points to find the hidden currency.

Some of the money was stuffed into Angry Birds toys:

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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L.A. has the worst roads in the nation, a parking-ticket army gone rogue, and a housing crisis that has middle class families scrambling to afford even a crappy apartment to rent.

But the L.A. City Council, as always, seems to think that giving your hard earned money to rich people is the solution to many of our problems. The rallying cry of L.A. city leaders is jobs! Maybe they'll hire you. If you like to clean hotel rooms.

See also: California Report Confirms That Tax Giveaways to Hollywood Are a Waste

Yesterday the council voted unanimously to start the process of giving a Chinese developer $39,190,000 in city money, including a significant break on L.A.'s hotel tax:

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Monday, June 16, 2014

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is a fairly mild-mannered mayor. Despite his hipster tendencies (he's a fan of superstar DJ Steve Aoki), the guy certainly has a more conservative personal reputation than, say, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was caught on-camera partying in Baja with Charlie Sheen.

See also: Here's the 411 on Today's L.A. Kings Victory Parade

But today Garcetti is an L.A. hockey bro to the fullest. In his exuberance over the L.A. Kings' Stanley Cup victory, he dropped what appeared to be a somewhat scripted f-bomb on live television.

It happened during the Kings' victory rally at Staples Center. Here's what G-Dogg, holding a bottle of beer, said:

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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L.A. Parking Tickets Would Be Limited to $23 (!) Under New Proposal

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Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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Updated at the bottom with a response from the mayor's office.

If the voters of Los Angeles have the opportunity to weigh in on this,  it will probably win with flying colors.

The folks behind the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, who were invited by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to be part of a "Working Group on Parking Reform," say they're presenting a proposal to cap parking tickets at $23 to the group today.

See also: L.A. Parking Ticket Scheme Rejected by City Council

That's a far cry from the $68 citations we have now. And it could certainly slow down this cash cow that City Hall loves to tap for money:

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Friday, May 30, 2014

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It's hard to find a neighborhood north of the 10 freeway and south of the hills in the city of Los Angeles that hasn't been gentrified.

Boyle Heights has been a holdout, although some would argue that it, too, has seen plenty of gourmands and house flippers.

The historic immigrant community that has been home to people of Jewish, Japanese and Mexican descent is up in arms over a real estate agent's "gentri-flyer" offering a bike tour of the neighborhood for those interested in paying less for monthly mortgages than the cost of some rents in L.A:

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Hidden Cash Could Be Coming to L.A.

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Tue, May 27, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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The anonymous person who has been hiding cash, sometimes $100 worth, on the streets of San Francisco could be expanding his or her "Hidden Cash" project to Los Angeles.

The person who claims to be the donor told the Huffington Post that the project would likely be coming to L.A. this weekend and then to New York soon afterward.

The big question, of course, is why?

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