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School board president slapped with felony charges over campaign fundraising

School board president slapped with felony charges over campaign fundraising

Ref Rodriguez at Sept 12 School Board Meeting The L.A. County District Attorney  filed felony charges today against L.A. school board president Refugio “Ref” Rodriguez — a prominent charter school leader who grew up in Cypress Park  — for allegedly violating campaign fundraising laws. Rodriguez and his cousin allegedly reimbursed nearly $25,000 to donors, according […]

The Bernie Sanders solution: Is universal health care the best plan for the US?

The Bernie Sanders solution: Is universal health care the best plan for the US?

Bernie Sanders speaks during a Stop Trumpcare emergency rally with MoveOn.org at Express Live on June 25, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.; Credit: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for MoveOn.org AirTalk® Sen. Bernie Sanders will publicly unveil a new version of his single-payer healthcare bill today. Among his ticket of early supporters and 15 co-sponsors include Senators Elizabeth […]

Price cuts on Boyle Heights duplex; new Echo Park townhouse; Highland Park 4-bedroom with a pool

Price cuts on Boyle Heights duplex; new Echo Park townhouse; Highland Park 4-bedroom with a pool

Prices on more than two dozen homes, condos, apartments and other Eastside properties dropped during the past week. Here are some examples, followed by a breakdown by neighborhood: Boyle Heights: $50,000 reduction for two 2-bedroom units on a lot, in need of repair. $500,000. Echo Park: Price drops more than $74,000 for a 4-bedroom townhouse […]

Checking in on Gen. Kelly’s West Wing regime and the history of chief of staff management styles

Checking in on Gen. Kelly’s West Wing regime and the history of chief of staff management styles

White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly looks on as President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City.; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images AirTalk® It’s been over a month since John Kelly left his post as Secretary of Homeland Security to become President Trump’s […]

Taylor Swift in the long line of artist reinvention

Taylor Swift in the long line of artist reinvention

Taylor Swift poses in the press room at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Taylor Swift recently released the first single of her upcoming sixth album, and it’s… different. A “Bad Blood”-esque revenge anthem on steroids, “Look What You Made […]

There’s no light at the end for this troubled Silver Lake tunnel; pedestrian passage to be permanently sealed

There’s no light at the end for this troubled Silver Lake tunnel; pedestrian passage to be permanently sealed

By BARRY LANK SILVER LAKE – Long ago, pedestrian tunnels seemed like a good idea. Little kids would avoid traffic by walking through a network of underground passageways. What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong. Well, now we know: People sleeping in the tunnels, defecating, leaving garbage. For the pedestrian tunnel under Sunset Boulevard at Golden Gate […]

Body found in L.A. River; Metro ridership drops; prison for tossing pit bull off cliff

Body found in L.A. River; Metro ridership drops; prison for tossing pit bull off cliff

Edited by BARRY LANK A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside. Water-dropping helicopters took advantage of the recently refilled Silver Lake and Hyperion reservoirs, using a large hose to suck water into the aircraft. The La Tuna fire was raging at that time in the Verdugo […]

Environmental group warns public to stay out of L.A. River as kaykers prepare for boat race

Environmental group warns public to stay out of L.A. River as kaykers prepare for boat race

Kayakers preparing to launch into the river in Elysian Valley | Martha Benedict ELYSIAN VALLEY —  The environmental group Heal the Bay issued a last-minute warning on Friday advising the public to stay out of the L.A. River this weekend after it found “alarmingly high levels of bacterial pollution” in the water earlier this week. […]

Botanica’s review; chef shuffle in Silver Lake; Triniti prepares to open in Echo Park; Eastside’s top tacos

Botanica’s review; chef shuffle in Silver Lake; Triniti prepares to open in Echo Park; Eastside’s top tacos

BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL Botanica in Silver Lake received nods and misses by restaurant reviewer Besha Rodell of the LA Weekly. Coined as a marketplace, restaurant and magazine (which has yet to materialize), one of Botanica’s stand out dishes include the kofte kebabs with their Japanese sweet potato dressed in pert salsa verde. What were the […]

The SoCal radio merger that aims to put 88.5FM on the map

The SoCal radio merger that aims to put 88.5FM on the map

; Credit: Courtesy of 88.5 KCSN AirTalk® Two noncommercial radio stations will join forces in the hope of creating a public radio juggernaut in the already crowded LA radio market. Both stations — KCSN in Northridge and KSBR in Mission Viejo — share the same FM frequency 88.5. The combined entity, branded “The New 88.5” […]

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