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Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Credit: John W. Poole If you’ve ever stumbled out of a bar on Hollywood Boulevard at closing time, you know the smell: Bacon wrapped hot dogs. They’re very tasty, but are they legal? Right now, street vendors can be fined up to $1,000 and face jail time for selling food on L.A. sidewalks. The carts […]

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

A voter walks from the polling place inside Fire Station 38 in Pasadena, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images One of the most heated contests in this November’s election is between two prominent Californians who aren’t running for anything. Governor Jerry Brown and civil rights lawyer Molly Munger have been out stumping for competing tax proposals, […]

Bright lights, big city: universal ID cards, digital billboards and roving voters in the news

Bright lights, big city: universal ID cards, digital billboards and roving voters in the news

Credit: Alexander Sibaja/Getty Images Los Angeles City Council met this morning to discuss two controversial issues. One is a proposal introduced by councilmember Richard Alarcon to a Universal City Services Card – a hybrid of ID card, library card and debit card – for those who don’t have a drivers’ license or bank account. Mayor […]

Berman and Sherman go Dem-to-Dem over San Fernando Valley district

Berman and Sherman go Dem-to-Dem over San Fernando Valley district

Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Credit: Getty Images The race for California’s newly-drawn 30th congressional district is shaping up to be one of the most contentious — and expensive — in the country. Democratic incumbents Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who represent the 27th and 28th districts respectively, were thrown into the ring together […]

Beverly Hills penny pinchers rejoice! 99 Cents Only store on Rodeo Drive?

Beverly Hills penny pinchers rejoice! 99 Cents Only store on Rodeo Drive?

In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, Jacques Elsair shops at a 99 Cents Only Store in Los Angeles. Credit: Nick Ut Beverly Hills has a reputation as having most upscale shopping in Southern California, which puts it high in the running for some of the best shopping in the world. But high-dollar shoppers may […]

The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

“Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs” by Gina Keating Credit: Portfolio According to the Urban Dictionary, “Netflixing” means “watching any TV show, movie, documentary, etc. on NetFlix via instant streaming.” Getting “Netflixed,” however, has a less benign meaning: “to screw the consumer over viciously by jacking the rates of whatever service you provide.” In […]

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

The Predator drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan are variants of this MQ-9 Reaper. Credit: Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force via AP Mary Ellen O’Connell is a fierce critic of America’s drone program, which she says is illegal outside war zones. Among legal scholars, O’Connell is in the minority, but her views are gaining […]

Not so coy, Southland coyote sightings on the rise as bold animals look for food

Not so coy, Southland coyote sightings on the rise as bold animals look for food

A coyote in Griffith Park, the nation’s largest urban park, May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Mark Twain once described the coyote as, “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton,” that is, “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” It appears that Southern California coyotes are very, […]

Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Commuters board a bus in front of a gas station selling gas for over five dollars a gallon in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012. Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images With California gas prices soaring to painful new highs this week, you might be wishing you could trade in that gas guzzler for a hybrid. […]

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe Credit: HarperCollins Publishers “POW!” That is the aural adjective typically used to describe the sound produced by superheroes when they pummel their competition, but when The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment to the tune of $4.24 billion in 2009, the sound that manifested in the minds […]

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