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Oscars 2014: Hollywood street, sidewalk closures go into effect Sunday

Oscar street closures

Courtesy Oscars.org

By the end of the week, closures will go into effect on many of the streets surrounding the annual event.

Road closures and detours for next week's 86th Academy Awards will begin to go into effect in Hollywood Sunday night. 

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation says that some sidewalks and alleyways have already been closed. More will be blocked off starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, and Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Orange Drive and Highland Ave. The agency says it will begin aggressively ticketing and towing once the restrictions go into effect.

Here's a list of Sunday's planned closures: 

  • The south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland
  • will close at 6 p.m., with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access.
  • The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the
  • Dolby Theatre portal will close at 10 p.m.
  • The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to Orange,
  • with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access, will close at 10 p.m.
  • The pedestrian mid-block crosswalk on Hollywood Boulevard between
  • Highland and Orange will close at 10 p.m.

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Calderon corruption charges: Who's who in the investigation of California state Sen. Ron Calderon

ron calderon photo

Alice Walton/KPCC

California state Sen. Ron Calderon — a Democrat who represents several L.A. County communities including Montebello — was indicted, as was his brother Tom, on public corruption charges on Friday, Feb. 21.

Who are the people involved in this ongoing story? Here are short profiles of the key individuals so far, which will be updated as we get more information.


Ronald CalderonCA state Sen. For California's 58th District

  • Served as assemblyman representing California's District 58 from 2002-2008, succeeding his brother Tom and preceding his other brother Charles
  • Offices were raided by FBI June 4, 2013
  • From Montebello, CA
  • Attended Montebello High School
  • Graduated from UCLA in 1980 with B.A. in Psychology [Vote Smart]
  • Attended Western State University of Law
  • Work history:
  • -- Mortgage banker
  • -- Real estate agent
  • -- Manufacturing manager [CA.gov]
  • Calif. State Senator from Los Angeles County (D-Montebello) representing 30th Senate District including cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Montebello, Whittier
  • Calderon chairs multiple Senate committees and panels on:
  • -- Insurance
  • -- Film and television
  • -- International business
  • -- Economy development
  • A member of:
  • -- Banking and Financial Institutions
  • -- The California Wine Industry
  • -- The Joint Committee on the Arts
  • -- The Environmental Quality Committee
  • -- The Governmental Organization Committee
  • -- The California Film Commission [CA.gov]
  • Previously under scrutiny for a legal defense fund that:
  • -- Was created to cover costs stemming from a 2006 vote recount
  • -- Was spent on golf, a fundraiser and private airplane service [L.A. Times]
  • -- Prompted new rules limiting use of such funds to attorneys’ fees and legal costs
  • Calderon family called  "a political dynasty," spanning three decades. [L.A. Times]
  • Family members have held seats in Calif. legislature since 1983 [L.A. Times]
  • -- 2006: Ron joins Calif. State Senate; (replaced in Assembly by brother Charles)
  • -- 2012: Ian Calderon (son of Charles; nephew of Ron) elected to Calif. Assembly
  • -- Relatives and future relatives found on campaign payrolls [L.A. Times
  • Since 2000, Calderon took more than twice the gifts of other legislators [Sac Bee]
  • -- Calderon took approximately $40,000 in lobbyists gifts
  • -- His wife took approximately $6,000 in gifts
  • -- Chief deputy/spokesperson Rocky Rushing took approximately $5,000 in gifts
  • Since 2000, the largest gifts came from:
  • -- The California Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • -- The Association Of California Life & Health Insurance
  • -- The California Independent Petroleum Association
  • -- Applied Materials, Inc.

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A potential 2040 Los Angeles Metro subway system map

Nick Andert

Potential 2040 L.A. Metro map, based on existing plans and proposals with some creative license, designed by Nick Andert.

Los Angeles has long been notorious for being a car-based city — good luck getting around town using public transportation. While some manage to make a go of it between rail and buses, hobbyist designer Nick Andert put together a look at what the Metro system could look like with widespread political will, though Andert admits in his posts on Reddit that it might be more likely to see this kind of system in 40 years instead of 30.

Click here to see a full-sized version of the map.

The map has received continued attention, including a post Tuesday from the Washington Post. It's different than some earlier fantasy maps as Andert has tried to pay more attention to what he thinks is genuinely possible rather than a more idealized version of area rail.

"The lines on the map are extrapolated from Metro's concrete short-term plans and somewhat more vague long-term plans, along with a little guessing and creative license," Andert writes in an email to KPCC. "It's impossible to say, of course, how accurate this will actually prove to be when 2040 rolls around."

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Covered California hosts enrollment workshops at LA libraries

Panorama City Library

Alice Walton/KPCC

The branch library in Panorama City is just one library hosting enrollment workshops for Covered California.

Covered California

Alice Walton/KPCC

A Covered California representative helps two Angelenos enroll in health insurance.

Covered California

Alice Walton/KPCC

A Covered California rep passes out information on the Affordable Care Act to patrons at the branch library in Panorama City.


With a looming deadline to get signed up for health insurance, officials around Los Angeles County hosted a number of enrollment events to encourage more participation in the Covered California health exchange. 

Dozens lined up outside the  Panorama City branch of the Los Angeles Public  Library on Saturday to get help enrolling.

It was one of many libraries throughout the county that has partnered with Covered California to host enrollment workshops. Saturday was the deadline to sign up for health insurance that will take effect on March 1. Open enrollment ends on March 31 and anyone without insurance after that date could face a tax penalty.

That’s why Mayra Albarado showed up to the Panorama City branch library.

“I’ve been trying to apply since December, and it’s just difficult trying to get an agent to speak to you,” Albarado said. “It’s actually pretty difficult to talk to someone right now, too. But, I just don’t want to get charged the fees.”

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Weakened LAX shooting suspect Ciancia makes brief appearance at federal court downtown

LAX Shooting

Bill Robles/AP

This courtroom drawing shows Paul Ciancia during an appearance at the West Valley Detention Center wearing a bandage on his neck and with bruises on his face on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia made a brief appearance in a downtown L.A. federal court today for a status update. The 23-year-old is suspected of opening fire in an LAX lobby, killing TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez and injuring several others. 

Ciancia's appointed attorney, Hilary L. Potashner, told the U.S. District judge that her client was under 100 pounds — too weak to be removed from the San Bernardino medical jail facility where he's been housed since November, City News Services reported. 

Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ordered he be kept in San Bernardino, rather than the Los Angeles
federal detention center where he's expected to be held. According to the news service: 

  Gutierrez asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald when a death
penalty decision might be reached.

   The prosecutor indicated it was up to Attorney General Eric Holder to
decide whether death is an appropriate penalty in the case, and no timetable
for that decision had been set.

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