Archive for May 6th, 2013

Dodger Stadium to host Kings-Ducks face-off next January

Local | | May 06 2013, 5:32 PM

Dodger Stadium will transform part of its baseball field into a hockey rink next January 25th for the Freeway Face-off between the Kings and Ducks.

DeMint's Departure: A onetime ally spurns Rubio | | May 06 2013, 5:29 PM

In his new role as president of the Heritage Foundation, the former South Carolina senator parts company with a conservative Senate ally on the subject of immigration.

What would immigration reform cost? A lot, says new report

Local | | May 06 2013, 5:14 PM

New report by conservative group says reform would be costly. But it's based on old numbers -- and critics say it ignores key facts.

Without San Onofre, a 'potentially very scary summer' for energy supply

Local | | May 06 2013, 5:02 PM

"We still have local reliability concerns focused on the LA basin, Southern Orange County, and San Diego County. We’re going to be watching that very closely,” a Cal ISO spokesman said. Read the full report.

UPDATE: LAPD to probe excessive force, profiling allegations at USC party (VIDEO)

Local | | May 06 2013, 5:01 PM

A group of students who attended a party near USC over the weekend allege LAPD officers engaged in racial profiling and used excessive force when responding to a noise complaint.

PUC recommends record fine of $2.25B against PG&E in San Bruno pipeline explosion

Local | | May 06 2013, 4:54 PM

The fine against the public utility in connection with the 2010 blast that killed eight would be the largest ever by a state regulatory agency. The fine is subject to approval by a judge.

Camarillo Springs Fire 80 percent contained

Local | | May 06 2013, 4:19 PM

Firefighters building containment lines around a huge Southern California wildfire are now dealing with muddy and slippery conditions as rain moves in.

2,000 California birth certificates found in unsecure location

Health | | May 06 2013, 3:59 PM

If you were born in 1974 in one of several California counties, officials say your Social Security and other personal information may have been at risk.

After playoffs defeat, LA Clippers mapping out its future

Local | | May 06 2013, 3:45 PM

Execs for the Los Angeles Clippers are getting feedback from coaches and players to decide team's future ... namely, whether to invite back the head coach.

Urban Outfitters to open in historic downtown LA

Business & Economy | | May 06 2013, 3:09 PM

The hip clothing and kitschy gift retailer will open a store in the site of the former Rialto Theatre early next year. The theater has been closed since the 1970s.

Investigators seek answers in deadly Bay Area limo fire

Local | | May 06 2013, 2:56 PM

Authorities searched for answers Monday in the fire that roared through a stretch limo packed with women on a girls' night out, hoping to learn what sparked the blaze.

ACLU, EFF call for details on license plate readers

Local | | May 06 2013, 1:58 PM

Two privacy rights groups questioning law enforcement's use of automated license plate readers asked a judge Monday to order the LAPD and Sheriff's Dept. to provide more details on how they use the technology.

Port executives from around world attend Los Angeles conference

Local | | May 06 2013, 1:49 PM

Los Angeles hosts biennial conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, bring executives from ports around the world to LA.

MAP: California Supreme Court rules cities can ban pot dispensaries (PDF)

Local | | May 06 2013, 10:57 AM

Local governments in California's have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California's highest court ruled on Monday.

'Scarface'/'Rocky III' actor/LA newsman Mario Machado dies

Arts & Entertainment | | May 06 2013, 8:35 AM

An L.A. TV news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who appeared in movies like “Rocky III" has died. Machado was L.A.’s first Asian-American newscaster.

Extra deputies at West Ranch High due to social media gun rumor

Crime & Justice | | May 06 2013, 8:17 AM

The Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station planned to post extra deputies at West Ranch High School Monday in response to a rumor that a student planned to bring a gun to campus.

LA firefighters shifted to EMT duty to accommodate increase in 911 calls | | May 06 2013, 6:44 AM

On Sunday the Los Angeles Fire Department shifted dozens of firefighters to serve as emergency medical providers in the Department's ambulances.

LA is a technology oasis for some, a tech desert for others (map)

Education | | May 06 2013, 6:00 AM

A tech consultant, seeing a dearth of tech opportunities in South LA, wants to arm inner city teens with the tools to become entrepreneurs.

San Gabriel City Council decides to seat councilman-elect

Represent! | | May 06 2013, 7:32 PM

Chin-Ho Liao was elected two months ago, but the City Council kept him in political limbo while weighing a challenge of his residency.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

Multi-American | | May 06 2013, 5:46 PM

The Senate immigration reform bill proposes ways to eliminate decades-long backlogs for family visas. Here's where the backlogs stand now.

The beach app Malibu residents really don't want you to have

The Latest | | May 06 2013, 5:14 PM

A new app spilling beach-access secrets of the rich and irritated could be washing ashore in Malibu this summer.

UCLA study: Teens consume equal calories at Subway, McDonald's

OnCentral | | May 06 2013, 3:20 PM

The lead author said the study focused on what teenagers actually ordered at the restaurants, not how healthy the menus are. In South L.A., where obesity is a serious health issue, up to 70 percent of the restaurants are of the fast-food variety.

LA city unions insist scheduled pay raises should be honored

Represent! | | May 06 2013, 2:56 PM

The Coalition of L.A. City Unions told a city council committee that the mayor's budget, which calls for postponing the pay hikes, is "dishonest."

PHOTO GALLERY: Lucha VaVoom slams Mayan Theatre for Cinco de Mayo

Without A Net | | May 06 2013, 1:27 PM

Lucha VaVoom rolled through Los Angeles Sunday night for Cinco de Mayo, after a stop in Chicago on Saturday. Check out all of the event's colorful sights.

In immigration news: Senate bill markup to start, hurdles to reform, the recession and people of color, foreign-bride fetish, more

Multi-American | | May 06 2013, 10:10 AM

Senators to offer changes on immigration bill - Politico The Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Senate's immigration reform bill starts this week, with Democrats and Republicans set to propose changes.

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates find common ground

Represent! | | May 06 2013, 7:45 AM

Today is Monday, May 6 and headlines include the latest debate between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, Rick Caruso's thoughts on the city budget, and more endorsements.

LA Mayor’s Race: Candidates face city pension problem

Represent! | | May 06 2013, 6:00 AM

L.A. faces ballooning pensions costs. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel bicker over who would be the better negotiator over an issue many people don't understand.

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Lean Sideways, Part 3: Gummy Bear Suicide

| May 06 2013, 10:02 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh's take on food preparation.

The Loh Down On Science

Scientists resurrect an extinct species

| May 06 2013, 6:00 AM

The first step toward Jurassic Park?


California’s Supreme Court rules to allow cities to ban medicinal marijuana dispensaries

| May 06 2013, 10:55 AM

California’s Supreme Court rules to allow cities to ban medicinal marijuana dispeneries

Malibu’s hidden beaches and how to access them

| May 06 2013, 10:35 AM

What tricks are employed to dissuade Angelinos from accessing Malibu’s beaches? Why isn’t there more access to these beaches? Are some beaches private and others public? How do you tell the difference?

Tray tables up & wallets open: Airline to charge extra for beverages and carry-ons

| May 06 2013, 10:22 AM

How will the marketplace respond to the beverage fee? What about passengers? Will this make for grumpy, penny pinchers on board? Could it start a trend? What about the carry-on fee? How much financial gain will Frontier see?

Oil Boss Irani swept out of job in wave of shareholder activism

| May 06 2013, 10:21 AM

One of the highest-paid execs in Corporate America is out of a job. Investors at the Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum voted to oust Executive Chairman Ray Irani at its annual shareholder meeting last Friday.

Keeping your pets safe in summer heat

| May 06 2013, 10:21 AM

With summer right around the corner and temperatures heating up it’s important to remember to take time to make sure your pets stay cool too. When it’s hot for you, it’s even hotter for them. Too much heat can be extremely dangerous and even fatal for animals.

Take Two®

Tom's River: An all too-familiar story of industrial pollution with a twist

| May 06 2013, 12:11 PM

Corporation X pollutes Town Y.

Riverside could ban medical marijuana after CA court ruling

| May 06 2013, 12:10 PM

The California Supreme Court issued a decision allowing local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Cities like Riverside could soon move to ban the shops in their borders.

Farmworkers search for affordable housing

| May 06 2013, 12:05 PM

There was a ribbon cutting in the Coachella Valley east of Palm Springs, for a new housing complex to replace a dilapidated mobile home park. That 80-unit development is welcome news, but much more is needed.

A new (mobile) home for retirement villages

| May 06 2013, 11:57 AM

There's a healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers. And in most places, it's already there. It's called a trailer park.

CA politicians start lobbying for state budget surplus

| May 06 2013, 11:42 AM

Next week, Governor Jerry Brown is set to release a revised budget proposal for the state.

LA youth struggle with tech deserts

| May 06 2013, 11:33 AM

Tech entrepreneurs in Southern California want to challenge Silicon Valley's place as the nation's technology startup capitol. One way they hope to get there is to incubate talent.

Wrapping up Hollywood: Iron Man 3's big premiere

| May 06 2013, 11:28 AM

Iron Man 3 had a great opening weekend to kick off the summer movie season. The $175 million premiere could make Hollywood executives feel better about the other big bets they've made on summer blockbusters.

Vote for gun background checks cause political backlash in Arizona

| May 06 2013, 11:16 AM

Congress is back in session today after a week-long recess. For Republican Senator Jeff Flake the return to Washington may come as a relief. Some of his constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the freshman senator is ignoring their calls for a public meeting. Peter O'Dowd from the Fronteras Desk reports.

The city pension problem facing the next LA mayor

| May 06 2013, 11:05 AM

One of the biggest challenges facing the next mayor of Los Angeles is the ballooning price of retirement benefits for city employees. Those expenses take from street repairs, paramedics and other services. Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel promise to reduce pension costs, but offer few specifics. KPCC's Frank Stoltze examines the pension problem facing the next leader of LA.

Garcetti and Greuel face off at USC debate

| May 06 2013, 10:48 AM

Only two weeks are left until voters, or at least some of them, go to the polls to elect L.A.'s next mayor. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti ended a busy weekend of campaigning with a debate last night at USC.

'Trailblazer' takes an in-depth look at Jerry's Brown's political legacy

| May 06 2013, 10:28 AM

Governor Jerry Brown has had perhaps one of the most colorful political careers of all time. Son of California political royalty, he served as California's governor in 1974 and 1978, ran for President in 1976, and in 1980, famously challenged President Jimmy Carter, who belonged to the same party, for the nomination.

CA Congressman Duncan Hunter challenges Army's intel-gathering system

| May 06 2013, 10:27 AM

A battle is brewing over a military computer system called Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS. The Army insists it can help commanders piece together intelligence gathered from various sources and provide real-world help, but Marine-turned-Congressman Duncan Hunter (Rep-Calif.) disagrees.

Living among coyotes is a fact of life in Los Angeles

Environment & Science | | May 06 2013, 6:52 AM

If you live in Los Angeles, you may be familiar with the large population of coyotes that lives in the area. Living near coyotes requires some extra precautions (like keeping pets indoors), but there are some things you can’t prepare for. Jed Kim reports.


Commentary: getting skeptical about LACMA's new redesign plan

Arts & Entertainment | | May 06 2013, 12:13 PM

What is wrong with the old museum?