You might get to vote again on full marijuana legalization in California next year. The "The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014" has asked the state Initiative Coordinator for permission to circulate a petition. If organizers, including the group Americans for Policy Reform, ga ... More >>
Going to a food festival (especially one being held for the first time) is always a risky thing. As these things always seem to be held during the summer, there will be heat. There will be crowds. And, above all, there will be lines. Which brings us to this past weekend's first annual Ramen Yokocho ... More >>
Ramen Yokocho Fest Weekly LALALA, the L.A.-based Japanese free magazine, is presenting the first Ramen Yokocho Festival, a two-day noodle extravaganza, in Torrance. Billed as the "largest ramen festival in the U.S.," the event will have 12 vendors, from Japan, Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Jose and L.A. Lo ... More >>
The LAFD has become a huge mobile health clinic. And that's simply unsustainable
For more than six months a man has been robbing remittance businesses from San Diego County to L.A., and he might have even been casing a similar target all the way up in San Jose, police say. The LAPD has given the suspect the unfortunate name of the "Asian Wig Bandit." (Can you imagine the Black ... More >>
Greater Los Angeles is the biggest town in a state, California, that has more billionaires than any other. We're home to Malibu, Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Real estate prices here are often record-breaking. But the gap between the Real Housewives and the rest of us is huge, and maybe that's the rea ... More >>
Jesse Katz admits that attacking journalist Gary Webb's CIA-cocaine expose ruined Webb's life
Hate to say it, but some of you at Coachella (which starts today!) are going to be approached by police officers assuming you have drugs. Well, you just may, but guess what? You still have rights, man. See also: Everything You Need to Know About Coachella Cameron Bowman is here to help! As a music ... More >>
From the Department of Tell Us Something We Don't Already Know we bring you Tom Tom's latest "congestion index" data. This particular breaking news involves the GPS company's round-up of North American cities with the absolute worst traffic at the end of 2012. And you know who the wiener is:
It's been a whirlwind start to 2013 for Los Angeles beer. The scene celebrated it's unofficial third birthday with the near-simultaneous anniversaries of Ladyface, Eagle Rock and Strand brewing companies and El Segundo Brewing Company released its first round of production bottles, which are now spr ... More >>
No big surprise here. Every quarter, it seems, new data supports the fact that Los Angeles is the absolute worst place in the nation for traffic. This time around TomTom's annual Congestion Index gives us the crown once more. Yay!
If you wonder where at least some of that fine kush at L.A.-area marijuana dispensaries comes from, we don't. There has been a rash of busts involving indoor grow houses in the Los Angeles area in recent years, including a three-house take-down yesterday in the San Gabriel Valley. (In the meantime, ... More >>
A Canadian doctor who wants to legalize ecstasy says the drug is safe and that it's only the adulterated version of MDMA you find on the street that can kill you. But doctors at Los Angeles emergency rooms have told us that pure ecstasy can kill, including causing vital oxygen deprivation to organs ... More >>
The Brewers Association has just released this year's numbers on U.S. beer sales. If you prefer Manifesto Eagle Rock Wit to Blue Moon (which is owned by MillerCoors) the news is good. Beer sales slowed overall, slipping 1.3% by volume. Within the craft beer industry numbers continued to rise with a ... More >>
There's a Waylon Jennings song called "Too Dumb for New York, Too Ugly for L.A.," and that goes for these twin towers, dubbed Elleven and Luma (yes, that's how it's spelled), in downtown's quickly developing and gentrifying Southpark district too.
Los Angeles is the densest metropolis in the nation, according to an analysis of the latest U.S. Census figures. What's really important here is that we beat New York! The U.S. Census today stated that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region has 7,000 people per square mile, beating out not onl ... More >>
Democrats fray as cost skyrockets, feds bail, and Amtrak starts to look good
Anne Fishbeina Slaw Dogs hot dogA U.S. District court arraigned two men last week for selling guns and methamphetamine to undercover officers at a San Jose hot dog stand. After multiple drug and weapon transactions, the feds finally arrested 58-year-old Jose Gilberto Ortiz on Sept. 2. His par ... More >>
Anne FishbeinA hunk of meat from Salt's Cure.Sometimes, the hive mind is just wrong. Men's Health took a poll to determine the "manliest restaurants in America." With all that blather about "the wisdom of crowds" and whatnot, what did the genius readers of the magazine decide was the most man ... More >>
Shannon CottrellEjen Chuang at the book release party for Cosplay in America, May, 2010Check out Ejen Chuang's photography in "Cosplay in America: Ejen Chuang's Portraits from Anime and Comic Book Conventions." In 2010, Ejen Chuang self-published Cosplay in America, a photography book filled ... More >>
Charles Calderon lets special interest groups ghostwrite his laws
photo by J. HettwerGayBiGayGay One last post about the 2011 edition of SXSW: In its 6th year, the SXSW spin-off Gay Bi Gay Gay Fest packs in enough merrymaking and debauchery to hold everyone over until Gay Pride in June.
There's lots of hidden City Hall fat to fuel the 73 shuttered libraries
Swell Season: Man commits suicide at their show in SaratogaOur sister publication the SF Weekly offered a harrowing account of last night's public suicide of Michael Edward Pickels, 32, of San Jose, in the middle of a Swell Season concert in Saratoga, California. The Swell Season is best kno ... More >>
The Melvins Attack the West Coast on New Tour
A hypersincere eco freak-out is the new so-bad-it's-good cult classic
Last week we told you how Los Angeles wasn't really a big city when it comes to the size of certain anatomical parts. Now comes word that Angelenos aren't really big spenders either. Despite the region being home to Rodeo Drive, the biggest Porsche-buying market in the nation and a large if ... More >>
Growing up near San Jose and eating dim sum with his family, Alex Chu developed a passion for the cuisine. But it wasn't until he worked as a dim sum server that he learned how to prepare and present the steamed buns and delicate dumplings. "I learned how to cook all the items," Chu says. "I learn ... More >>
Prop. 8's backers probably wouldn't appreciate it if you called him Hey-soos.It's nice to know where the anti-same-sex-marriage-law backers are coming from in the challenge to Prop. 8 being heard in San Francisco this week. Indeed, on Tuesday they seemed to put their cards on the table by inv ... More >>
America the Beautiful. Home of hot dogs, competitive eating and as of last weekend, the "chew view" camera.
Jason Quevers new record on Devendras Gnomonsong label: It feels honest. Its not a put-on. Its very scary
Okay, the flyer itself ain't the best -- competing fonts, a non-sequitur collection of LAX, an astronaut and a zebra standing on the moon, faux-thrown-together vibe -- but the intent and the message more than make up for the design deficiencies. To wit: Rong Music, which has been releasing some of ... More >>
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Fur flies over kill rate at LA animal shelters
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