Category Archives: Los Angeles

Eeek, check your tap water quality

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Not bank robbery captital of the world for nothing

“LAPD detectives won’t have far to go to investigate this crime. A credit union across the street from the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters building was robbed this morning. “Police said the bandit got away on a bicycle — … Continue reading

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Stadium Healthcare

“INGLEWOOD, California (Reuters) – Inside an aging sports arena, where rows of dental chairs and a hospital smell have replaced the former Los Angeles Lakers basketball court, thousands of Americans are seeking free healthcare. “Hundreds were turned away just on … Continue reading

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People of Los Angeles

It’s nice the Lakers won, but could you please shut the fuck up and GO HOME? I can hear you all the way up on N Broadway. Christ, no wonder the LAPD was stressed out about this. I mean, I … Continue reading

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Guns, Obsession, and the LAPD

“About a month before LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus allegedly beat and shot to death the wife of an ex-boyfriend, she confronted the woman at work and told her, ‘If I can’t have John, nobody can,’ according to a lawyer for … Continue reading

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High School Music Students Rock

“They’ve recycled cans, baked cookies, hawked magazines, written letters and, in one case, even sold barbecue-flavored crickets. “‘They tasted like Cheetos but with legs,’ said Brenda Llamas, a 13-year-old trumpet player from Pacoima Middle School. “With proposed state budget cuts … Continue reading

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Parking Tards of Los Angeles

“I managed to take 2 photos before I was caught and unable to take the piece de resistance of parking tard photos: “Owner: Can I help you? “Me: Is this your truck? “Owner: Yes. “Me: You’re taking up 4 compact … Continue reading

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In addition to being a heartless bastard

Arnold can’t do math: “In the short-term, expenditure reductions in any of these programs (CalWORKS, etc.) have significant implications for the state economy. The multiplier effects for these programs are found to range between 1.05 and 1.44, meaning that output … Continue reading

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Our Arnold helps the poor get poorer

Fuck California: “Consider this partial list of the governor’s proposed cuts to health and humans services: · Elimination of the CalWORKs program; · Elimination of the Healthy Families Program; · Eliminating certain Medi-Cal state-only programs; · Elimination of community based … Continue reading

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People who should never ever work with children

“A former probation department guard convicted of child abuse for letting five minors beat a boy who she wrongly believed had taken her cellphone at a Los Angeles juvenile hall was sentenced to a year in jail. “Diane Buchanan was … Continue reading

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What a newspaper can still do well

Shame TPTB into action. At least in Los Angeles: “Villaraigosa signed off on the $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of Agapito Gaspar Nicolas on the same day that an article in The … Continue reading

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Three cheers for Sherwin-Williams

“Carson Joseph said he had struggled to find steady work since being released from prison four years ago, and when he graduated from a new job training program last week he hoped it would finally give him ‘a step up … Continue reading

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What’s good about Los Angeles

“This is the second blog in a series in which young artists talk about the art they created on city traffic control boxes as part of our effort to beautify East Hollywood, Thai Town, and Little Armenia. LA Commons — … Continue reading

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Now the Octomom is in trouble

“Octuplets’ mom Nadya Suleman has turned down an offer of a home and 24-hour pediatric nursing care, attorney Gloria Allred said this morning during an appearance on CBS’ ‘The Early Show.’ “The nonprofit Angels in Waiting volunteer nurses ‘would have … Continue reading

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I hate electronic billboards

I hate all billboards, really, but I really hate the electronic ones. So I really like this: “Assemblymember Mike Feuer is introducing a statewide moratorium on electronic billboards, and I am fully supporting this effort. “Electronic billboards are cluttering our … Continue reading

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Thanks a lot, Ahnold

Schwarzenegger calls for sales tax hike, cuts in services.

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And the AIG horror continues

“The next potential victims of the nation’s credit crunch: nearly 1.5 million people who ride buses and trains each weekday in Los Angeles County. Transit officials say riders could soon be facing serious service cuts. “That’s because the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Agenda Shemnda

“DENVER — This week’s Democratic convention sought to relaunch Barack Obama’s presidential campaign by doing three things: Healing the party’s internal rift, showing voters who Obama is, and spelling out more clearly what he would do as president, especially on … Continue reading

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Southern Californians: Vote NO on the MTA 1/2% increase sales tax

“Popular wisdom may suggest that toll roads are unfair to the poor, but a new study shows these pay-as-you go transportation options may actually be fairer to all income levels than paying for road improvements through sales taxes.” ~snip~ “The … Continue reading

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More horror, more greed in Los Angeles

“‘California’s largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization’s president, documents and interviews show. “‘The Los Angeles-based union, which represents low-wage caregivers, … Continue reading

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Why Los Angeles suffers so much

Hey, I want to be Cindy Montanez when I grow up. “It depends on the meaning of ‘recover.’ She (Montanez) still has not been elected to office after leaving the Assembly at the end of 2006. “However, she was quickly … Continue reading

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There is hope for everyone

in this particular handbasket: “When an artist becomes branded, the market tends to accept as legitimate whatever the artist submits. Consider the attraction of a work by Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara, whose Today series involves painting a date on … Continue reading

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Why aren’t there more places like this in Los Angeles?

“I joined community members in celebrating the grand opening of the Witmer Heights Apartments, a 49-unit complex for low-income families in the Pico-Union neighborhood. In addition to the one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, the complex also features two community rooms, … Continue reading

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Self Help Graphics building sold

“After its humble founding by Catholic nun Sister Karen Boccalero more than 35 years ago, non-profit organization Self Help Graphics & Arts was notified that the Catholic Archdiocese sold the building to a private real estate and investment company. As … Continue reading

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Here’s what I did over the holiday weekend

Anime Expo 2008: Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4

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New York will honor California same-sex unions

Start spreadin’ the news: “California is the second state to marry same-sex couples after Massachusetts, but it will be the first ready to grant licenses to couples from any state. Gay marriage is rejected by 45 states, but New York … Continue reading

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A better BEA report than mine will evah be

“Arrived in L.A. around 5:30. Flying in, I got a view of all these amazing purple trees lining the streets (I forgot to take a picture, but Cynthia informs me they are jacaranda trees). After de-planing, spent the better part … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the “F” word

“Mentioned on this web log from time to time, L.A.’s irreplaceable Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) has once again curated an exhibit of great importance to designers, artists, and activists. Reclaiming the “F” Word: Posters on International … Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of LA Murals

“I’m sure there are those who assume Twitchell is now ‘set for life’ because of his settlement with the government, and that he can now retire to the lap of luxury. He is under no obligation to continue being a … Continue reading

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Goat cheese lady at Atwater Farmers’ Market

People of NE Los Angeles: GO to the Atwater Farmers’ Market, Sundays 10-2, buy some lemon and lavender infused goat cheese spread from the goat cheese lady (next to the sage honey lady), buy some strawberries from the stand across … Continue reading

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