How qualified LAFD job applicants were rejected in seconds. But overtime pay jumped for hired firefighters. Garcetti's mission to Mexico. Website squatting in the sheriff's race. The sport of roller pigeons. Watch a 32-story tower rise downtown. Plus more.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer put an end to the public image catastrophe and economic wrath from Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve lesbian and gay customers if the discrimination was based on a “sincerely held religious belief.” Both Republican Senators in Arizona opposed the bill.
Celeste Fremon has covered for many years the foibles and scandals of Lee Baca's sheriff's department, and in the new issue of Los Angeles Magazine she gets more than 10,000 words to explain for newcomers the "morass" that formed under the management of Baca and top deputy (and now candidate) Paul Tanaka.
It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.
Jerry Brown keeps paroling lifers. Ron Calderon pleads not guilty. Matt Miller in Daily Beast. Venture capitalist claims he's serious about splitting California into six states. Why Alec Baldwin spoke to New York Magazine. SportsNet LA launches tonight. An editor on losing her mother. "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" screens in Washington. Police academy cafe closes. Plus more.
Robin Abcarian, the LA Times columnist, stopped in to see her Venice neighbor this morning. They talked about the event that re-injected the former CBS 2 anchor into the news stream last week: Walker's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Anaheim, and the release of a police mug shot that showed her looking, in Walker's words, like rocker Steven Tyler.
Times says let homeowners pay for sidewalk upkeep. Councilman Parks wants renters to pay cost of earthquake fixes. Beverly Hills still an obstacle to Purple Line. WiFi coming to LA subway. Netflix will pay for clear Comcast signal. Piers Morgan out. Alec Baldwin out. Economist man in LA to get Europe column. Amtrak buys good will from writers. Plus media moves, Moviefone shuts down and more.
American University Preparatory School, which is taking applications from high school students around the world, will open in the fall in the former Laemmle movie theaters and adjacent converted office building at 3rd and Figueroa streets.
For a Column One story in the LA Times, reporter Joel Rubin and photographer Brian Van der Brug embedded with a class of recruits at the LAPD academy a few years ago. They followed the careers of several who made it through.
Money for the Downtown Regional Connector. Garcetti plans Mexico trip. Campaign 2014 moves. USC's curious decision to kill the masters in professional writing program. Finalists for LA Times Book Prizes. Best lede ever? SoCal's secret water control center. And more.
NBC and the LA Times are reporting that the two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day in 2011 may accept a plea bargain in court on Thursday. NBC4 says that Stow's family will be in court.
Another Californian leaves Congress. Garcetti on infrastructure. Villaraigosa has a young NYC girlfriend. A caretaker on the school board. Archdiocese settles with victims for $13 million more. No more free Dodgers TV games. A Trader Joe's for DTLA? Plus more
KCRW will get a new stronger signal on the Central Coast at 88.7 FM and produce Santa Barbara versions of "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Santa Barbara will continue to hear classical music on 93.7.
Edwin C. Krupp, the longtime director of Griffith Observatory, bought his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro new when he was a grad student. It's got 479,000 miles and no power steering or brakes. ABC7's Dave Kunz checks it out.
White House to screen Clooney's "Monuments Men." Council members to propose living wage hike for hotel workers. Police commission poised to OK new shooting review shift. Jimmy Fallon debuts and Bob Costas returns. The sad case of Casey Kasem. Gustavo Dudamel in Venezuela. Culver City ice rink still can't reopen. Plus much more.
Restructuring Occidental Petroleum will give up its longtime home at the busiest intersection in Los Angeles. “Energy companies feel very welcome in Houston and in Texas,” says the head of the LA Chamber of Commerce.
The California Highway Patrol announced today that Officer Juan Gonzalez, 33, and Officer Brian Law, 34, died this morning when their cruiser came upon a crash on state route 99 near Kingsburg, south of Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley.
This weekend's pouring of the concrete base for the Wilshire Grand Hotel turned into a fascinating dance of engineering, street-level logistics and photo ops. This piece by David Leonard is our favorite.
California mansions are being bought by Chinese families, foreign tycoons and U.S. celebrities as a hedge against currency and stock market disasters or the vicissitudes of politics, Bloomberg Luxury says.
Streets were closed all around Wilshire and Figueroa on Saturday and early Sunday to make way for a big fleet of trucks pouring concrete for the base of the new Wilshire Grand hotel, being built by Korean interests as the highest skyscraper on the West Coast.
Ex-governors to pitch new death penalty law. Why did the AIDS Healthcare Foundation go after Yaroslavsky? Why is the Times obsessed with Ridley-Thomas' garage? City Hall may let your neighbor keep bees. A rival looks back at the Waxman-Berman machine. KCET's dire financials. Jimmy Fallon's crime against California. And the Stratocaster turns 60. Plus more.
Former LA Times reporter Hilary MacGregor describes quite amusingly the battle between her neighbors on Las Palmas Avenue in the Whitley Heights section of Hollywood, and the drivers who want to park there.
Cervenka is putting clothing, instruments, vintage jewelry, vinyl records and other personal items up for bidding in an estate sale that begins Thursday. "She is downsizing and plans on relocating soon," says the website.
Drought politics heating up. An opening coming to California Supreme Court. Herb Wesson endorses Wendy Greuel. Why LA high-rises don't have sprinklers. White House guest list. New hires at Bloomberg film beat and Sitrick PR. And the perp who smashed LAPD car windows while Darth Vader watched.
For five years during the Great Depression, Shirley Temple was the most popular movie star in America of any age. Her popularity saved 20th Century Fox. She later became an ambassador and prominent Republican.
Leonard Knight spent almost 30 years building a colorful mountain of adobe covered with donated paint in the Imperial Valley desert near Salton Sea. Knight and Salvation Mountain were featured in the film "Into the Wild."
The KTLA entertainment anchor made a mistake with Jackson on live TV this morning and has been the butt of jokes and social media comments the rest of the day. And probably will be tomorrow too, despite an on-air apology. Bad on KTLA: the video clip inside starts automatically.
Starting today, the 1-3 pm slot is filled by Mark Thompson, the former Fox 11 weather anchor, and Elizabeth Espinosa, the former Fox 11 and KTLA reporter and anchor. Yes, the LA home of angry white guy talk now has a Latina co-host.
Garcetti first guest on new set of "News Conference." Mayor and Beck split on Dorner officers. Ted Lieu, Jose Huizar, Dean Logan, Lori Gottlieb, Amy Wallace, Bill Keller, Chery Glaser, Sam Zell, Roy Choi and more.
Jocelyn Y. Stewart used to cover hard news for the Los Angeles Times, an assignment that often took her into the South LA neighborhood where she grew up to cover homicides and other crimes. Then one night, late, her phone rang.
"Of course, I did not molest Dylan," Allen writes. "I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being."
Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA Weekly politics writer Gene Maddaus have a different view of how the mayor is doing so far. "His head is swirling with ideas, but...his record is surprisingly thin," Maddaus writes.
Two men from Ensenada were convicted of ramming a Coast Guard inflatable, throwing Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III into the water near Santa Cruz Island. He suffered a fatal injury in the 2012 incident.
LAPD officers broke policy during Dorner shootings. CVS to drop tobacco. Villaraigosa endorses Greuel. Sandra Fluke to run for state Senate. Jay Leno mocked Democrats more than Republicans. Sochi sounds bad. BuzzFeed's LA media maven and more.
The storied West Hollywood area hot dog stand Tail o' the Pup has been in storage in Torrance for seven years — until Monday. The stand's wiener and bun were placed on a flatbed and launched toward some kind of destination in Las Vegas for restoration.
This is pretty awesome. Ernie Marquez, a member of the land-grant family that owned Santa Monica Canyon, grew up in the canyon himself and later in life became an LA historian and collector of historical photographs.
Hilda Solis and the FBI. City Hall pays nine LAPD officers to work for the union. More candidates declare. Garcetti's mandate such as it is. Judge Cunningham files claim against UCLA police who cuffed him. KCET Departures' new look. Moby loves LA in the Guardian. Dodgers jack prices way up. Plus more.
Since the deadly Sylmar earthquake in 1971 it has been recognized that the flood control dams in the San Gabriels were not built sufficiently strong to hold up if a severe regional quake hit while the dams retained a full load of water.
Dylan Farrow accuses father Woody Allen. Amy Wallace on the Tom Sherak she knew. A major San Diego journalism voice dies. Michael Hiltzik versus today's media and the NFL. Leo Braudy on Pete Seeger. Plus politics, media and book notes and a new spokesman for the sheriff, and some news about the Culver City Ice Arena.
Ted Lieu gets in. Wendy Greuel pays down some debt. Remembering the Henry Waxman legacy. Ed Edelman endorses Bobby Shriver. The political tension between Gloria Molina and Kevin de Leon. Plus Dan Schnur, a City Hall move and more.
The Academy Award-winning actor was discovered this morning with a syringe in his arm and a packet of what appears to be heroin, a law enforcement source told the New York Times. He was 46. More inside.
Donna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
After 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos
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