Off-Ramp host John Rabe and contributors share thoughts on arts, culture, and life in L.A.

Sustainable Seafood Movie

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I served as a D-Level Celebrity judge Tuesday when the Aquarium of the Pacific held a sustainable fish (halibut) cookoff. The movie's below (WARNING: Edible Flowers!), and we've posted my interview with a bunch of the chefs on getting sustainable fish into their restaurants (as food, not customers). It also airs this weekend on Off-Ramp - Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 7pm.

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Councilmember says, "It's Okay to Break Laws"

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Cool!

LA City Councilman Greig Smith says if you don't like a law, feel free to violate it, as long as you offer a rationale. The Daily News, says, "In a direct challenge to the Department of Water and Power, Smith announced Wednesday he is violating the twice-weekly watering limitations -- and believes he is saving more water by doing so."

-- If I sweep the street in front of my house every week myself, may I not pay the ticket I'll get for breaking the streetsweeping parking restrictions?

-- The cops aren't doing enough to stop people from using their cellphones while driving, constituting a public hazard. My solution: shoot paintballs at their cars for easy identification by police later. It doesn't hurt anyone, and it aids public safety.

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More Parrots of Cypress Park

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The parrots were especially musical this morning in my front tree, so I thought I'd post a Stereo mp3 of them, in case they don't visit your part of LA. As usual, feel free to download, distribute, or remix.

Meantime, if you're videocentric, here's the video I posted last week.

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Fish Story, or Judge Others Lest Ye...

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Just a few days after my triumph as Ambassador in the Duarte Route 66 Parade, I have been asked to be a judge at the Aquarium of the Pacific's sustainable seafood cookoff this morning.

I'll be adding my amateur palate to those of Michael Cimarusti of Providence Restaurant and Bob Haskell from Pacific Life Foundation.

Best of all, the dishes the chefs will prepare must include halibut! That's pretty easy to take.

(In our photo, by Slobodan Dimitrov in the LA Public Library online collection, Rudy Rodriguez is icing down a palette of swordfish prior to an airline shipment. Swordfish is an acceptable choice when it comes to sustainability, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
as long as it's not caught on longlines in the international longline fleets.)

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