A 6 percent drop in the number of folks working in the entertainment industry (motion pictures and sound recording) had business journalists wondering if the porn industry's HIV-related shut-down in August caused the plunge. There were 22,000 fewer jobs in Hollywood and beyond last month, according ... More >>
America's for-profit colleges use students in their greedy quest for federal bucks -- then leave them holding the debt.
Isaac Chavez, a supervisor at the L.A. Department of Water and Power, was arrested on April 25 in Van Nuys for drinking and driving on the job. But unlike those other DWP deadbeats famously arrested for drinking, driving and strip-clubbing two years ago, Chavez didn't bother to wrap his beer in pap ... More >>
In this age of food we're bombarded by facts and opinions on how, what and where to eat. We Angelenos especially like our fine restaurants and casual eateries. But where to go? There are more than 20,000 restaurants in greater L.A., according to the Weekly's Voiceplaces.com. There seem to be ... More >>
Photo from Gustavo Turner's interview with Insane Clown Posse, a finalist for L.A. Pres Club's National Entertainment Journalism Awards
Employer of the yearUpdated after the jump: California Controller John Chiang won't list the names of state employees along with their salaries. When should privacy trump transparency? Originally posted July 5 at 3:05 p.m. While California's health and education budgets continue to landslid ... More >>
Jeanne Raya, a Latina Democrat on the commissionUh oh: La Raza is rising! California's voting districts are getting browner/bluer by the second. Before we know it, this'll be the goddamn Nation of Aztlán, are we right? The state's historic vote to let a group of 14 guys and gals with no pol ... More >>
Frank McCourt doesn't care what you thinkSince his remarkable press conference on Wednesday, alleged Dodger owner Frank McCourt has been on a media barnstorming tour.Why, after 18 months of silence, is he finally going public? What does he hope to gain? Well, consider who he's talking to.He has n ... More >>
Keila RibeiroIf ever there was a retail heaven for day trippers, it's Starbucks. Wi-fi, air-con and a cozy armchair to sit in with your shades on: Stoners really couldn't ask for much more when it comes to time-sucks. But as it turns out the Seattle-based chain once asked job applicants in t ... More >>
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports a downtown stadium.Yeah, this was bound to happen. The proposal to build an NFL stadium downtown now has its own YouTube video mash-up, courtesy of someone named MrNachoTax. We spotted the video (after the jump) after it was posted earlier this month. ... More >>
NBCJustin Timberlake demonstrates the steps for a proper Valentine's Day gift.What's the American guy's popular choice for a super-awesome Valentine's Day gift? Chose one: A) Chocolate B) Roses or C) Dick in a box? The modern man is so sensitive, romantic, and tuned into the feminine psyche ... More >>
L.A.'s fraud king is back and taking the media for another ride
GizmodoWoo-hoo. Echo Park hipsters rejoice. Verizon is said to be breaking AT&T's lock on iPhone service starting in January, when it will start selling the devices with its own service attached, according to Bloomberg News. Forget the improving economy, a win by your favorite World Cup team ... More >>
jeffkoons.com'Balloon Dog.'Los Angeles area art fabricator Carlson & Co., perhaps best known for its work giving life to some of Jeff Koons' visions, announced it is going out of business, according to Bloomberg News.
The Spruce Goose.Land adjacent to Playa Vista that once belonged to Howard Hughes has been sold in a deal with three buyers worth an estimated total of about $85 million, Bloomberg News reports. The deal includes the hangar-cum-soundstage where Hughes built the record-setting Spruce Goose ai ... More >>
Publications reap windfall from pot ads
Michelinhistorical Michelin tire adMichelin may have declined to hand out stars in Los Angeles this year (and Las Vegas too), but they're scattering them around Europe. Yesterday the Michelin Guide to Germany awarded 24 new stars, giving out one new 2-star rating, and 1-star awards to 23 prev ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal is reported to be pondering a Los Angeles edition as part of its expansion into cities that could be perceived to have weak local news dailies. Last week the paper moved into the Bay Area with a weekly edition following the threatened closure of the San Francisco Chronicle. T ... More >>
Photo credit: abbyladybugWheels of Parmesan cheeseWith the economy questionable and no one exactly sure when the markets will rebound, it's a good time to invest in solid, verifiable assets. Banks in Italy take an even more pragmatic approach, accepting as collateral for loans something not o ... More >>
It was a huge, huge night for LA Weekly at the Los Angeles Press Club's awards gala in Universal City a few hours ago. Staff writer Christine Pelisek triple-swept in the Hard News, Investigative and News Feature categories for major newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation, beating the Los Ang ... More >>
Bye-Bye Beckham! Or, make that, Arrivadercci, Los Angeles! as an Associated Press story reveals that Italian soccer -- whoops, we mean, football -- team AC Milan is exploring ways to get the former Manchester United captain to wiggle out of his contract with the L.A. Galaxy. The Los Angeles t ... More >>
Beverly Hills billionaire Ron Burkle (according to Forbes, America's 105th richest man) recently bought a 8.3 percent stake in Barnes & Noble, according to Bloomberg News. Burkle may also reportedly seek further "talks" with the faltering company. Judging from the way Burkle usually ... More >>
An LA Weekly man-in-the-street instant poll says "huh"?
Is super agent Scott Boras destroying the game of baseball? And what does he want now?
Brian Friedman wants you to fill 'er up with veggie oil
The caravan moves on, but someone forgot to pay the bill