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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Education

John Deasy Might Run For Public Office

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Deasy in happier times, with then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. - ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA / FLICKR
Newly freed from the shackles of running the second largest school district in the country, former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy took part in a conference call this morning, answering reporters' questions for the first – er, second, if you count his Morning Edition interview he did earlier.

See also: LAUSD Chief John Deasy Resigns

Asked about his own plans for the future, Deasy said he hadn't made up his mind yet, but he saw three possibilities: working in "youth corrections," working to support "the development of superintendents," and... "A third would be running for political office."

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This particular neighborhood is media rich. - OMAR BARCENA/FLICKR
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  • This particular neighborhood is media rich.
We recently told you that California is America's "richest state," which is true. Now we're telling you that, for the third year in a row, California has been named as America's poorest state. That's also true.

See also: California Is America's Richest State

How can both statements be accurate? Well, unfortunately, the Golden State is symptomatic of the increasing gap between rich and poor in America. We have more cash here than most countries. But few people can actually call it their own.

Using supplemental data, the U.S. Census Bureau determined this week that California has a higher percentage of people living in poverty than any other state in the nation.

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Fall DUI checkpoints have returned to Los Angeles with a vengeance.

With Halloween approaching, don't get spooked by that black-and-white in your rear-view. You better drive sober, or not at all, the Los Angeles Police Department warns.

To that end, the LAPD wants you to know that its officers will be on the hunt for you this weekend. They're even telling you exactly where they'll be. Hipsters and club-goers should be especially vigilant. They're coming to your haunts and haunting your hoods.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Police

LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM
FRANK LYGA VIA JASMYNE CANNICK/NBC LOS ANGELES/YOUTUBE
  • Frank Lyga via Jasmyne Cannick/NBC Los Angeles/YouTube
Controversial Los Angeles Police Department Det. Frank Lyga, whose racially charged comments to a police training class prompted his bosses to send him home with pay, was recommended for termination by the LAPD's Board of Rights this week, a police official said.

The ball is now in the court of Chief Charlie Beck who could, if he so desires, fire Lyga any day now, said the official, who did not want his name published.

See also: Det. Frank Lyga Sent Home by LAPD Following Racially Charged Comments

What did Lyga, a decorated and hard-hitting narcotics investigator known for his undercover work, do to anger department brass?

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Updated at the bottom with a statement from San Diego County health officials.

An Ebola scare at Southwestern College in San Diego county might be a dud.

The Chula Vista school's spokeswoman told us this morning that much of the media speculation on the situation has been false: The student was not on a flight with the second Dallas nurse who contracted the disease, she did not vomit in class, and she was not exhibiting flu-like symptoms today, Southwestern's Lillian Leopold told us.

However, as a precaution, a campus building was evacuated and closed off and the student was checked out by a campus nurse.

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Education

LAUSD Chief John Deasy Resigns

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM
The long soap opera starring L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy and the seven-member school board is finally over, as the embattled Deasy tendered his resignation this morning, after the board ratified a separation agreement.

See also: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Appears Headed for the Exit

In a surprise twist, Deasy's interim replacement will be the man whom Deasy replaced in 2011 – the 82-year-old Ramon Cortines. According to the L.A. Times, he'll start Monday, while Deasy will remain with the district "on special assignment" until the end of the year.

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Boy, Los Angeles, you must really love your cars. You pay dearly to drive them.

Some have claimed that car culture is dead because the new generation likes smartphones better. New numbers released by traffic information provider Inrix suggest there are plenty of wheels still clogging our roads.

See also: You're Paying $2,500 a Year to Drive on L.A.'s Crappy Roads

The firm says our national-champion, congestion-related delays take $5,700 a year out of the wallet of the average Angeleno motorist. That's a whopping one-fifth the total cost of congestion for drivers nationwide.

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While the world frets over Ebola, the porn business continues to confront the scourge of STDs.

The industry trade group known as the Free Speech Coalition yesterday called for a three-day production shut down after learning from a public health official that a performer possibly contracted HIV on-set.

The Canoga Park-based organization said in a statement that the possible exposure happened "out-of-state," and that it is actively investigating the situation:

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Transportation

Sorry Uber, Owning a Car in L.A. Is Still Cheaper

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Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM
UBER
  • Uber
Have you ever fantasized about ditching your car forever and just using Uber, Lyft or another ride-share service for your point-A-to-point-B needs?

It's tempting. In an era when cars have become appliances (hello, Prius), a DUI case will cost you more than $15,000, and L.A. traffic remains the worst in the nation, we wouldn't blame you if you hung up your key fob for good.

But stop and think for a minute, because owning a car in Los Angeles is still cheaper than using an app:

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STRANGE DAYS VIA WORLEY CLARENCE/YOUTUBE
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The 1995 movie Strange Days was about the distant, high-tech future that would bring amazing and dark technology to our world in ... the year 2000. Yeah. If you can get past that part, the film could be seen as fairly prescient. 

The main character (played by Ralph Fiennes) is a space-age drug dealer who peddles software for your virtual reality gear. You know, so you can "jack in" and "wire trip." 

See also: Ticketed Google Glass Driver Cecilia Abadie Not Guilty

Don't laugh. We're nearly 14 years past the dawn of the millennium, but we now now have virtual reality headgear. It's called Google Glass. And with it you can virtually trip all day watching porn or whatever else you like, if you so desire. And that, says a Southern California researcher, could be addictive indeed:

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