It was only a matter of time before Southern California produced its first skateboard sex bandit. The LAPD overnight said a serial butt-grabber was on the loose in Van Nuys. And he's allegedly using a skateboard to ride up on victims and then get away. Here's the 411:
Updated with the boy's death and ID. First posted at 9:07 a.m. Beverly Park is a gated community along the ridge line above Beverly Hills. It has been home to many a celebrity (Barry Bonds, Camille Grammer, Wayne Gretzky) and features $20 million-plus properties. It's also a place where a terrible ... More >>
There are all sorts of unusual places names in this part of the country we call "The Southland." We have names of historic English derivation, not so unlike what you'd find back in the civilized East (Whittier, Torrance, Hawthorne, Glendale). We have place names of Spanish derivation (Tujunga, Rese ... More >>
Bad news for Hollywood tourism hit just as summer's official, opening weekend is upon us. First we learned that a transgender woman was severely beaten by as many as four thugs on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Then this tragedy: A 23-year-woman was fatally stabbed by panhandlers on that same tourist ... More >>
What the hell is wrong with people these days? Los Angeles has seen its second report of a dognapping in as many weeks. The latest involves a woman who went into a Van Nuys yard, took pictures, and then took a 5-year-old Siberian Husky.
This week's list of dance shows to see includes one that locavores might enjoy and another set in an unlikely corner of Van Nuys.
Occupy has been a mostly quiet force since it was booted from the City Hall lawn late last year, save for a few eruptions like July's clash with cops over "chalking" at Art Walk. Maybe the movement has found its forte, however, in more focused occupations, like one today of a Van Nuys residence it ... More >>
St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend ... When will it stop? Never!, says the LAPD. Not until every drunktard ever is either in jail, broke or completely diverted from getting behind the wheel. As the weather heats up, the drunk patrols are getting hot too. And so, as a public se ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "I was never trying to make a statement about vegetarianism at Ubuntu, I was just trying to showcase the best ingredients I had available." Q & A With Jeremy Fox: Paper or Plastik, Prefabs, His New L.A. Restaurant Life Post- ... More >>
An SUV reportedly exploded yesterday night after smashing into a center divider (as well as the post holding up an overpass) on the 405 freeway. The driver has since been identified as 27-year-old Hiram Medina of Van Nuys, reports NBC LA. And commenters at the LA Daily News say he was a "tattoo art ... More >>
So you're curious to go to a strip club, but unless your buddy is a regular and brings you along, how are you going to pick which one? Yelp? Give me a break. Thankfully for you, our L.A. Weekly experts have compiled the top ten strip clubs in L.A. But don't get too excited -- save it for the girls.
Tom MeekThe Ron Jones Orchestra at the Jazz Bakery, 2008The Jazz Bakery, L.A.'s major jazz non-profit organization, is in turmoil because of the pending shutdown of the Culver City Redevelopment Agency. Jazz Bakery president Ruth Price had been working with the agency to reopen Jazz Bakery's ... More >>
A motorcycle like Campos'A young motorcyclist was riding his 2010 Yamaha R6 motorcycle down Vanowen Street in Reseda yesterday afternoon at around 3:20 p.m., when -- out of nowhere -- a Nissan pickup turned right in front of the motorcycle, driven by 25-year-old Steve Campos. The truck drive ... More >>
Better not to keep in the glove boxNext time you feel the rumblings of road rage begin to spread to your fingers (as it can only be felt in the traffic-opolis that is Los Angeles), remember the sad fate of 26-year-old Marvin Osvaldo Gonzalez, a Van Nuys resident who let his rage get the best ... More >>
An employee mans Los Angeles City Hall's state-of-the-art collections system.Valley Village resident Franklin Hanock, featured in an L.A. Daily News column by Kerry Cavanaugh, says "Where [LA] is heading scares the hell out of me." He got a $125 fine for a malfunctioning burglar alarm that ... More >>
NFLLAPD is on DUI alert this weekend.The LAPD is putting on a Super Bowl blitz this weekend, and if you think you're going to find a hole and complete a pass like Ben Roethlisberger, good luck with that. The po-pos have two DUI checkpoints specifically to weed out football drunktards ... and ... More >>
Flickr/Shaun Martin Reader comments are to blogs what letters to the editor used to be, more or less. But as anyone who used to read those has long recognized, blog comments are -- not unlike blogs themselves -- faster, shorter, and often far more irreverent. Which is what makes them so much ... More >>
Thanks to Judge Charles McCoy, cops now testify even when they don't recall
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold: My brother wants to open a doughnut shop that makes the best donut in Los Angeles. I believe he has the passion and skill to do it. In the process of research he has been seeking the best donut in Los Angeles and I can't say he's found it ... More >>
What does the perennial L.A. dream of stardom look like circa 2010?
‚ÄčPolice are on the lookout for a struggling porn actor who allegedly killed a coworker with a machete at an adult video warehouse in Van Nuys on Tuesday night.Steven Hill, 30, was told he could no longer live at the Ultima DVD, Inc., production and distribution facility on Tuesday, according to LA ... More >>
‚Äč(Updated: The pair was reportedly found in the area shortly after 5 p.m. after a resident reported they asked him for clothes). Sheriff's deputies are searching the Castaic area for two inmates who escaped overnight from the North County Correctional Facility.Winder Barrios (left) and Jose A ... More >>
A 37-year-old man was shot to death while standing next to his car in Van Nuys on December 20. According to police reports, Carlos Bonilla left his residence around 8:15 p.m. in the 14700 block of Archwood Street to go to work. Bonilla was standing near the driver's side door of his vehicle when h ... More >>
CHPFile photo.We've heard of families that do everything together, but this is ridiculous. Los Angeles police report that a couple took a 6- and 4-year-old along for an alleged, early morning robbery spree in the San Fernando Valley Monday. The suspects hit a Rite Aid at 13333 Riverside Driv ... More >>
Today's Daily News and the biz section of the L.A. Times both profile the post-Daily News career that ex-reporter Julia Scott has created for herself as an expert on how to live cheaply. The bargain-hunting maven staged a Frugal Festival this past Sunday that drew 300 people in Van Nuys and she is f ... More >>
He-e-e-r-re's Eddie! Ed McMahon, the sidekick's sidekick, who for 30 years suffered and shone as Johnny Carson's foil, straight man and MC, has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 86. L.A. TimesSheriff Stops DNA Search Blaming budget woes, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has halted his department' ... More >>
An L.A. politician votes for public subsidies that boost her home's value
Dear Mr. Gold, Do local Argentines eat anything but steak? Because when I was in Buenos Aires last year, there were fish restaurants and trattorias and fusion restaurants, plus a lot of chic, chef-owned bistros, but in Los Angeles it all seems like meat-meat-meat. Am I looking in the wrong places? ... More >>
DWP Ordered to Refund Customers A Superior Court judge has ordered the DWP to pay back $30 million in fees it channeled into cash-strapped city agencies. L.A. TimesBenefits Take a Holiday Employees of papers belonging to the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (Daily News, Daily Breeze, et al) have been tol ... More >>
The unexpected Thai restaurant
P.S.: I am in the Bahamas and really don't give a crap what you do for fun this week
A Valley smackdown is brewing for tonight's 6 p.m. density Town Hall at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Studio City, with scores of pissed-off San Fernando Valley residents from five different Neighborhood Councils in the Valley confronting Antonio Villaraigosa's administration over its quiet pla ... More >>
Jazz around L.A.
Pig heaven in Pacoima
Digging into El Parron’s Chilean stews
Best psychic portal into the murky future
L.A.s bilingual poppers stake their claim to crossover fame with Mix Tape
From Renu Nakorn to Zankou
Through the past darkly with a former pro
Adult entertainment industry lands in City Councilís lap
Several suspects hauled in for robbery spree
Running Riordan: A modest proposal
The big veal keeps on turnin'