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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crazytown

Splitting California Into 6 States? FAIL

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Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM
SIXCALIFORNIAS.COM
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Updated at the bottom with the Six Californias campaign saying it will conduct its own review of the signatures. The group blames state "dysfunction" for today's failure.

A proposed initiative by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six separate states failed to gather enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the California Secretary of State's office said today.

The office said in a memo to local voter registrars and county clerks that "the petition has failed."

Former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, chairman of OneCalifornia, an opponent of the wild idea, welcomed the flop, saying the proposal "was a solution in search of a problem that didn’t address any of our state’s challenges."

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FILE PHOTO FROM THE L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
  • File photo from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department
In the middle of the scenic San Fernando Valley stood a 14,000-square-foot warehouse. And in this warehouse, cops say, was much weed.

So much weed, in fact, that the operation allegedly churned out $3.7 million dollars with of street-value marijuana every two months, the Los Angeles Police Department announced in a statement this week. That would be an alleged $22 million worth of pot a year.

This agriculture was so fruitful, cops state, that it posed a danger:

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ARELLANO FAMILY
  • Arellano family
Twenty-two-year-old Carlos Arellano was reportedly walking with his girlfriend, skateboard under his arm, when he was approached by three suspects and ultimately stabbed and killed over the board.

This on a busy night last month on Sunset Boulevard as many young patrons walked the streets between venues hosting the Echo Park Rising music festival. Police have yet to solve the case. Authorities have said the assailants might have been gang members.

See also: Young Man Killed Over His Skateboard in Echo Park

Tomorrow members of the L.A. skate community are hosting a memorial contest that will benefit Arellano's family, who could use help defraying the costs of his funeral, a co-organizer said:

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HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE
  • Harvey Mudd College
This week Caltech, UCLA and USC ended up in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" ranking of national universities.

Though it has its critics, the list is America's most widely read guide to the nation's most well-regarded schools. There's one other guide, however, that promises to help students find not the best education, but quite possibly the richest one.

See also: UCLA Beats USC in "Best Colleges" Ranking

The salary-search site PayScale this week did its own analysis of America's four-year institutions and concluded that an L.A.-based college gives its graduate the greatest "salary potential."

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Celebrities

Iggy Azalea Is Pissed Off About Sex-Tape Reports

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Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM
Iggy Azalea at Made in America in downtown L.A. - TIMOTHY NORRIS/L.A. WEEKLY
  • Timothy Norris/L.A. Weekly
  • Iggy Azalea at Made in America in downtown L.A.
Vivid Entertainment, the nation's most-prominent adult-video production company, today said someone has come forward with a purported Iggy Azalea sex tape.

The Australian rapper, who recently appeared at the Made in America festival in downtown L.A., has lashed out against the suggestion she made such a video.

The "third party" broker is apparently trying to sell the rights to the video for cash, Vivid said in a statement. The company is well known for releasing celebrity sex tapes, including those featuring Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson.

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ZACH SIMONE/L.A. WEEKLY FLICKR POOL
L.A. has the worst roads in the nation, and they're an embarrassment. But, worse than that, if you drive a vehicle regularly, they take money directly out of your pocket.

See also: America's Worst Roads Are in L.A.

A new report from national transportation research group TRIP says that you pay $2,458 a year for "extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the cost of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor."

That's quite a toll:

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LAPD
  • LAPD
Los Angeles police this week again asked for the public's help in identifying a woman whose remains were found at a recycling center in 2010. The right tip could earn $50,000 in reward money.

"Based on how she was disposed, we do believe it was a homicide," Los Angeles Police Department Det. Brian Putnam told us.

See also: Murders of 2 Young Eastside Women Connected, L.A. Official Says

In the intervening years there have been a number of body-dump cases in urban Los Angeles involving murdered women, but so far there appear to be no connections to this investigation, the detective said.

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Having a baby is hard enough these days. The costs of diapers and daycare can add up, not to mention a mother's astronomical physical pain and two solid years of never sleeping 8 hours.

In California those given hardships are compounded by living in a state with one of the highest costs of living on the planet. Rent and real estate here are just about expensive as can be in America.

Personal finance site WalletHub weighed infant-care budgets, hospital costs, and "baby-friendliness" to come up with a list of "2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby."

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crime

"Los Angeles Has Become the Epicenter of Narco-Dollar Money Laundering," Fed Says

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Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 2:09 PM
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
Federal raids on downtown Los Angeles Fashion District businesses and related bank accounts turned up a whopping $65 million, much of it in cash, that authorities say was drug money headed to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, the U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. announced today.

The whopping seizure of bank funds and currency, the latter of which was put on display for the press, was part of three cases against various fashion businesses, including lingerie and maternity concerns, that investigators say took drug money and exchanged it for imported goods so that the money would seem legit as it traveled south to the narco lords of Sinaloa.

In one case, feds allege, a business laundered $140,000 paid for the to release a man held hostage because 100 kilos of cocaine he was supposed to distribute ...

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FILE PHOTO BY HAMMERIN MAN/FLICKR
L.A city voters last year decided to shut down a vast majority of the medical marijuana businesses in town, and the City Attorney's office says many of them have indeed closed their doors.

But a new study by UCLA social welfare professor Bridget Freisthler suggests, at least, that shutting down pot shops might just put the whole business on the road.

According to a summary of the research, published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence and funded by the anti-marijuana National Institute on Drug Abuse:

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