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  • Vision Zero, a ‘Road Diet’ Fad, Is Proving to Be Deadly

    01/19/2019 5:23:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2019 | Christopher D. LeGras
    ... Los Angeles, like cities nationwide, is transforming its streets. In July 2017 the city installed a “road diet” on a 0.8-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, reducing four lanes to two and adding bike lanes separated from traffic by parking buffers. The project is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2025. Launched in 2015, Vision Zero is the most radical transformation of how people move through Los Angeles since the dawn of the freeway era 75 years ago. By almost any metric it’s been a...
  • 25 Years After The Northridge Earthquake, Is LA Ready For The Big One?

    01/17/2019 6:42:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20195 | Jacob Margolis
    Twenty five years ago, at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Angelenos from their beds. For those of us who lived through it, the memories of chaos early in the morning are unforgettable. "We were just literally startled awake by a freight train driving right through our bedroom," said my father, Mark Margolis, who along with my sister, my mother and myself, was sleeping just about seven miles from the epicenter. "I mean the blinds that were supposed to be hanging vertical were like out horizontal. So, there was a tremendous amount of movement." I was...
  • With no new talks, LA teacher strike all but inevitable

    01/14/2019 3:49:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/14/19
    A strike by tens of thousands of teachers in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school district, is all but inevitable starting Monday after the two sides did not renew negotiations over the weekend. Talks broke down Friday when the teachers' union rejected as "woefully inadequate" a new offer from the LA Unified School District. With no new discussions scheduled, pickets are likely to begin at 7 a.m. as teachers stand firm on sticking points including higher pay and smaller class sizes. Schools will stay open if a walkout happens. The district, with 640,000 students, has hired hundreds of substitutes to...
  • Driver in Custody After Striking L.A. Pedestrian,

    01/04/2019 10:07:32 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1/4/19 | CINDY VON QUEDNOW, ELIZABETH ESPINOSA AND KIMBERLY CHENG
    Wild Pursuit and Standoff on 5 Fwy at Camp Pendleton A driver who struck a man on a motorized scooter during a wild, three-hour pursuit that moved through three counties is in custody after a standoff with California Highway Patrol officers along the 5 Freeway at Camp Pendleton Thursday afternoon. CHP officers pull a driver from a vehicle on the side of the 5 Freeway in the Camp Pendleton area after a lengthy pursuit and standoff on Jan. 3, 2019. (Credit: KTLA) The driver — of an older-model maroon Honda Civic — had eluded authorities despite multiple PIT maneuver...
  • Jason Blum Gets Booed, Removed from Stage for Speaking Out Against Trump at LA Israel Film Festival

    11/08/2018 8:28:22 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    IndieWire.com ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Zack Sharf
    Jason Blum Gets Booed and Removed from Stage After Speaking Out Against Trump at L.A.’s Israel Film Festival Blum was at the festival to accept the 2018 Achievement in Film & Television Award. Jason Blum spent the night of the midterm elections at the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, where he was on hand to receive the 2018 Achievement in Film & Television Award. Blum attempted to speak out against Donald Trump while making his acceptance speech, but his comments did not go over well with the crowd. Variety reports the mega-producer was booed and heckled by the crowd,...
  • Flea-Borne Typhus Outbreak Among Homeless in Downtown LA

    10/04/2018 6:35:45 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 63 replies
    NBC 4 Los Angeles ^ | 10/4/18 | Andrew Blankstein, Eric Leonard and Staff
    A flea-borne typhus outbreak among homeless in downtown Los Angeles triggered an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health after several cases were reported, the agency said Thursday. NBC sources say the number may be upwards of at least a dozen. Typhus can cause fever, chills, body aches, nausea and vomiting, cough, and rash, but can be treated with antibiotics. If not treated however, it can be fatal. Flea-borne typhus is a bacteria that spreads to humans when they come in contact with infected fleas or rat feces. Animals such as cats, rodents and opossums all attract...
  • Man arrested on drug charge at Cher's mansion

    09/30/2018 7:26:14 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 22 replies
    sky ^ | 9/28/2018 | staff
    Police allege Donovan Ruiz sold "fentanyl to many users" and that one of his customers overdosed and died. The arrest took place at Cher's Malibu home. A man believed to be the son of one of Cher's assistants has been arrested at the star's Los Angeles home. [snip] Police claim Ruiz, 23, "was involved in the sales of suspected fentanyl to residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties". [snip] "Fentanyl sold by Ruiz was eventually consumed by a victim in the city of Thousand Oaks who later overdosed and died." [snip] Sergeant Eric Buschow told People magazine that the arrest...
  • Fenced out: LA businesses find new way to keep away homeless

    08/24/2018 6:41:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 24, 2018 | Carla Green
    he day the fence arrived, Gabe was sitting next to his tent, right at the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. It was a chain link fence – about six feet tall – placed at the edge of the sidewalk, where it neatly enclosed Gabe, his neighbors, and the tented homes they have made for themselves on the streets of what is sometimes called the homeless capital of the country. “They put the whole sidewalk inside the fence,” said Gabe, an older black man with kind eyes and a disarming demeanor who has lived on the streets of Skid Row...
  • Louisiana AG: We’re Not Going to Let Corporations Restrict ‘Ability to Legally Access Firearms

    08/19/2018 10:49:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/18/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    During the August 18, 2018, airing of Breitbart News Saturday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry explained that he chose, in part, to withhold $600 million from Citigroup and Bank of America because they are “trying to become the social police.” On August 16, 2018, Breitbart News reported Landry’s decision to withhold the $600 million, a decision shared by the Louisiana Bond Commission and State Treasurer John Schroder. The decision to withhold the money came after Citigroup and Bank of America each unilaterally placed gun control demands on their customers, going so far as to stipulate that bank-sponsored gun regulations had...
  • Woman, Armed with Marlin .22 rifle, Drives off Unwanted Visitor

    08/19/2018 6:03:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 71 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 August, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 9 August 2018, a Cheri Bentham was waiting for a package to be delivered at her semi-rural residence on Hoo Shoo Too road, next to the Amite River. It was afternoon and about 93 degrees in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A white man, about 5'6″ appeared at her door, and started to make some suggestive and alarming comments. He said he had been watching her house. From wbrz.com: Benham was busy trying to get her three small dogs back inside when she noticed the man was touching himself inappropriately outside his clothes. As his remarks became lewder, she ran...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's L.A. fundraisers were more about raising consciousness than money

    08/08/2018 2:30:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 8/07/18 | David Dayen
    **SNIP** The Los Angeles Theater Center was decked out Thursday like a trade show for left politics. Booths featuring community organizers, single-payer healthcare enthusiasts, and direct action groups like Occupy ICE handed out literature and chatted up attendees. Off in the corner they were selling Ocasio-Cortez T-shirts, but community groups were far more prominent. Many of these groups met with Ocasio-Cortez that morning at a breakfast organizing meeting. When the program began, Ocasio-Cortez took a seat on stage while presenters spent an hour pitching the crowd of more than 500 on their projects. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment...
  • Ref Rodriguez Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Resigns From Los Angeles School Board

    07/29/2018 4:50:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    KTLA ^ | 7/23/18 | Elizabeth Espinosa
    Dogged by accusations of political money laundering, Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of conspiracy and resigned from office as part of an agreement with prosecutors. In the deal, Rodriguez, 47, who had no previous criminal record, will avoid jail time. Instead, he will get three years’ probation and 60 days of community service. His resignation was effective immediately.
  • 1 woman dead, gunman in custody after opening fire outside Trader Joe's in Silver Lake

    07/21/2018 7:10:46 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 21, 2018 | RICHARD WINTON, JACK DOLAN, HARRIET RYAN and CHRISTINE MAI-DUC
    A gunman who opened fire outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake was in custody after a tense standoff that claimed the life of one woman inside the store. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the death, saying the woman was pulled out of the store by authorities and declared dead at the scene. The mayor released no other details, saying police were trying to reach next of kin. The incident began as family dispute in South Los Angeles involving a man in his late teens. Police said he shot his grandmother and a second woman at her residence. He then took...
  • LAPD arrests anti-Trump Los Angeles councilman among protesters to ICE entrance

    07/02/2018 6:57:42 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/2/2018 | Gregg Re
    The LAPD arrested a Democratic Los Angeles councilman on Monday after he and other demonstrators blocked the entrances to a downtown Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center for about an hour. Dramatic footage showed Mike Bonin, a fierce critic of President Trump, being led away in plastic zip-tie handcuffs shortly before noon, after police informed protesters they were engaged in an unlawful assembly. Images and videos posted to social media showed dozens of demonstrators waving signs and chanting slogans, with several blocking access to the detention center's driveways and entryways. Eighteen protesters were arrested in total, according to local...
  • Man in underwear (rap artist) scales freeway sign, stops traffic in Los Angeles

    06/28/2018 2:11:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Springfield News Sun ^ | 6/27/18 | Lauren Padgett
    LOS ANGELES — A man wearing only boxer shorts, socks and high-top sneakers shut down all southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles after scaling an exit sign on Wednesday morning. The man was seen dancing, using a vaporizer pen, shouting into a bullhorn and unfurling several political signs, the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • L.A. County Children and Family Services Employee Accused of Possessing Child Porn

    06/26/2018 7:49:42 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 2 replies
    KTLA.com ^ | 6/20/2018 | ANTHONY KURZWEIL AND MARY BETH MCDADE
    A 54-year-old man who works as an adoption manager with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, police said Tuesday. Police arrived about 5 a.m. to raid Carlos Castillo’s Hollywood apartment, which he shares with his longtime partner, neighbors in the building told KTLA. Castillo was allegedly in possession of more than 600 images and videos of child pornography. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Herrera confirmed Castillo’s arrest Tuesday. A person who answered the phone at Castillo’s residence on Tuesday said he did not want to comment on...
  • What's Sauce for the Oyster May Also Keep the Doctor Away

    06/08/2018 7:05:12 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/19/1993 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    DOES Louisiana hot sauce, a principal ingredient in the spicy New Orleans cocktail sauce commonly served with raw shellfish, kill certain bacteria found in raw oysters? The answer is yes, at least in the laboratory, researchers said in a preliminary report at a national scientific meeting on microbes and antibiotics yesterday. Principal ingredients of the traditional New Orleans cocktail sauce were found to kill a rare but sometimes fatal bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus. Dr. Sanders said that he saw his first case of V. vulnificus infection 10 years ago and that his interest in studying the sauces arose from lectures...
  • Louisiana Governor Signs Knife Law Reform, Removes Switchblade Ban

    06/05/2018 7:29:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 25 May, 2018, Governor Edwards of Louisiana signed HB 892 into law. The bill now becomes ACT 341, which reforms Louisiana knife law, removing a 1950's era ban on switchblades.  From wafb.com: BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – On Friday, May 25, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed 79 bills into new laws. The bills he signed are as follows:(snip) ACT 341 – HB 892 Provides relative to the illegal carrying of certain knives. The wording of HB892, now ACT 341, is as shown at legiscan.   From legiscan.com: (4)(a) The manufacture, ownership, possession, custody or use intentional concealment...
  • 83 Members Of Mexican Mafia Charged In Major FBI Drug Investigation

    05/24/2018 4:20:56 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    One America News Network ^ | 24-May-2018 | OAN Newsroom
    A federal grand jury recently charged dozens of Mexican mafia members for allegedly running an extensive drug operation from inside Los Angeles County jails. On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that 83 defendants were charged in two federal racketeering indictments as part of an FBI-led investigation.
  • Mexican Mafia crackdown: 80 charged in massive sweep (California)

    05/24/2018 3:41:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | 5/23/18 | Miriam Hernandez
    LOS ANGELES - Leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia were charged Wednesday with running a conspiracy to control drug trafficking and carry out violence ordered from inside Los Angeles County jails. The U.S. attorney's office charged 83 people tied to racketeering conspiracies that alleged they ran drugs and carried out violent assaults and even murders. "These cases have delivered a major blow to the Mexican Mafia and leaders of many of the street gangs under the control of the organization," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said. "By taking out the gang members who control the jails, and by disrupting their communications...