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For new L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner, some key unions are giving no honeymoon period | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 25, 2018
In the less than two weeks since Austin Beutner took charge of Los Angeles schools, unions representing teachers and administrators have staged a job action and a protest. They’ve made it clear that they will not give the new superintendent the traditional honeymoon period, and are bashing him...
UC regents approve leaner budget for Janet Napolitano | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 25, 2018
University of California regents on Thursday unanimously approved a leaner, more transparent budget for President Janet Napolitano, moving to address political criticism over the system’s central office operations. The $876.4-million budget for 2018-19 reflects spending cuts of 2%, including reduc...
Hundreds protest against planned temporary homeless shelter in Koreatown | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 25, 2018
Hundreds of protesters staged a midday sit-in and march in Koreatown against a planned temporary homeless shelter. The march and rally by 300 protesters began at 11:30 a.m. at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard and continued to Normandie Avenue. The Wilshire Community Coalition says the city...
Pressure grows on Board of Trustees amid USC gynecologist scandal | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 25, 2018
USC’s large and powerful Board of Trustees is coming under growing pressure to provide a stronger hand as the university faces a crisis over misconduct allegations against the campus’ longtime gynecologist that has prompted calls for President C.L. Max Nikias to step down. Allegations that Dr......
The Argonaut | May 25, 2018
CORRECTION: Last week’s article about candidates seeking election to the State Board of Equalization (“Unnecessary Trouble,” May 17) misstated what we know about an L.A. County District Attorney’s Office investigation by describing candidate Tony Vazquez, a Santa Monica City Council member, ...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
A Santa Clarita woman who claims Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend caused a 2015 crash that left the plaintiff with lingering injuries is entitled to more than $40,000 in damages, her attorney told a jury Thursday, but a defense lawyer said he questions whether the woman did enough to overcome her in...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
A parolee who allegedly shot a 14-year-girl in the head in Indio while the victim rode in a vehicle with at least four other children was due to appear in court Friday on suspicion of attempted murder. Vicente Manuel Reyes, 22, of Thousand Palms is accused in the Sunday night shooting, which left th...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
With hundreds of demonstrators marching Thursday in Koreatown in opposition to a proposed temporary homeless shelter, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson vowed to keep moving forward with his plans to use a city-owned lot in the neighborhood for the facility. The opposition to the city...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
A state appeals court panel Thursday upheld a man’s conviction for murdering his lover and leaving the man’s body in a plastic storage container in the victim’s Los Angeles apartment. The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found there was ̶...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
With summer approaching, Riverside County is preparing to open its cool centers to residents looking to beat the heat, with a kickoff event slated next week in Palm Desert. The county’s 56 cool centers will officially open on June 1, and remain open for residents at no cost through Oct. 15, as...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
Nearly three years after American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in almost four decades, Southern California trainer Bob Baffert is preparing another one of his star pupils — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify — for a chance to complete the same daunting feat at next month&#...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
A 55-year-old convicted murderer who was paroled and then landed back in prison following a robbery will get another shot at a shorter prison sentence thanks to a Fourth District Court of Appeal ruling. Chandler Emile Graham was sentenced to 44 years and four months in prison in July following his c...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
UC Riverside was awarded more than $40,000 in federal funds for a project to develop a filtration system to improve water recycling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The agency disbursed the $42,240 grant under its People, Prosperity and the Planet — P3 — prog...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
A jury awarded $25.75 million to a woman who alleged the maker of Johnson & Johnson baby powder was responsible for the asbestos-caused cancer a woman developed after years of using the product. The verdict by jurors in West Covina Superior Court on Wednesday includes $21.75 million in compensa...
My News LA | May 25, 2018
The sheriff’s department needs help in identifying a Cheetos-munching suspect who sucker-punched a man in a Best Buy store in West Hollywood before taking the victim’s cell phone. The violent robbery occurred about 7:50 p.m. Monday at the electronics store in the 1000 block of La Brea Av...
A Downtowner’s Best Friend | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
DTLA - A concrete jungle isn’t the most welcoming setting for our four-legged friends, but that hasn’t stopped huge numbers of Downtown Los Angeles residents from buddying up with a canine companion. The community is well known for its sizable…
DTLA’S Best Pet Contest | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
DTLA - Last month, Los Angeles Downtown News asked our readers to send in photographs of their animal companion for our second DTLA Best Pet Contest. Scores of people responded, offering photos of happy dogs, cats and other critters. Some…
Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue…
Home improvement: One repair at a time | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
(BPT) - Tis the season … for home improvement. Longer days, warmer weather and more flexible schedules (hello, summer break!) have a way of inspiring home improvement projects. It’s as if appliances in and around the house emerge from the…
5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter…
Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa | Los Angeles Downtown News
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond…
Rosanna Arquette: A Born Risk-Taker and the Changemaker the World Needs Now | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
Sixteen years after Rosanna Arquette made the documentary Looking for Debra Winger, at least 80 women have reported crushing accounts of sexual harassment, abuse and rape at the hands of now-fallen media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Arquette was one of the first to confide in writer Ronan Farrow and also...
Sign Up With the Second-Wave Lesbian Revolutionaries of Bruce LaBruce’s The Misandrists | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
Like 2004’s The Raspberry Reich, a satire of what LaBruce has called “terrorist chic,” The Misandrists soaks audiences in the doings (and I do mean doings) of a radical cell of sexual dissenters.
André Leon Talley Perseveres as America Lets Him Down in The Gospel According to André | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
In both the archives and in Novack’s footage, Talley appears so fully himself in every one of his garishly fascinating caftans that it’s difficult not to admire him or the endless knowledge of history and design (specifically Russian) he can spout from on cue.
Meet Your New Fellow Americans at the California Museum | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
These regal yet candid and intimate portraits and interview texts exist as a web-based archive and, now, as a major traveling exhibition. Before embarking on a multivenue, five-year national tour, “The Newest Americans” will be on view through July 8 at the California Museum in our state capital...
Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Animated Films for Kids and Adults | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
REDCAT's International Children's Film Festival is such a good idea it's a wonder there aren't more like it. Essentially a highbrow immersion in international cinema (except, you know, for kids), the fest spans three weekends of short subjects from around the globe.
From the Archives: Ansel Adams gets cheeky when asked about his nose | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2018
Ansel Adams, in the midst of a three-week promotional tour for his book “Yosemite and the Range of Light,” broke into laughter over a question about his famous nose. Former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Martha Harnett explained an unpublished caption on the back of the print: Photographer...
L.A. Creatives and Teachers Rally Today for Resources and Respect in Downtown | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
This afternoon, thousands of teachers, students, artists and supporters will take to the streets to fight for public education and demand respect for what they do. Promoted under the hashtag #AllIn4Respect, the protest rally takes place in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park at 4 p.m. and will include a fu...
Outraged women say they complained about USC gynecologist for decades — but nothing changed | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2018
After an appointment with Dr. George Tyndall in 1995, USC undergraduate Alexis Rodriguez wrote a letter of complaint on a typewriter in the English department. The gynecologist, she recalled writing, had a Playboy magazine on his desk, used a scalpel on a vaginal abscess without anesthetic and,...
Arrest Made in Triple Homicide Inside Leimert Park Home | My News LA
My News LA | May 24, 2018
A woman who may have been the caretaker of a man found dead with his parents inside a Leimert Park home was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the deaths of the three victims. Nancy Amelia Jackson, 55, was taken into custody at about 12:30 a.m. and is being held without bail, according to ...
Sheriff inherited a department rotted by corruption. His reform effort is a work in progress | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2018
Jim McDonnell was in his first year as Los Angeles County sheriff, leading the agency after a highly publicized jail abuse scandal, when he charged his staff with an unusual request. He wanted his department to have a theme song, like in the U.S. military, where each branch has an anthem. Perhaps...
Harvey Weinstein to surrender, face criminal charges, sources say | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2018
Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault, in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familar with the case said Thursday. The sources said the case involves actress...
Taste of the Nation Returns to Culver City on June 3 | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
Bravo Top Chef Dakota Weiss, James Beard Award winner Bruce Kalman of Union and Upper West chef Nick Shipp will get together again this year to host Taste of the Nation at the historic Culver City Media Park on Sunday, June 3. One hundred percent of proceeds from the annual event, which brings toget...
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LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
In front of a poster of Stormy Daniels in black lingerie and a giant sign reading “#RESIST” in sparkly pink letters, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran and members of the West Hollywood City Council presented the pornographic actress-turned political figure with the key to the city in recognition o...
Exide Seeks Release of State Health Investigations | My News LA
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Exide Technologies, which once operated the now-shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, pushed back Wednesday against allegations by a county official, saying it wants access only to investigations on the source of lead exposure in the area, not private health data. The Los Angeles County Board...
Hundreds in Koreatown Protest Homeless Shelter Proposed for City Parking Lot | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
Members of the Koreatown community, in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, gathered on Thursday morning to protest the planned conversion of a city-owned parking lot on the corner of Vermont and Wilshire into a homeless shelter.
Velvet of the Underground | LAWeekly
LAWeekly | May 24, 2018
A band’s first gig is usually a nerve-racking experience. Bouncing ideas around in basements and rehearsal spaces is one thing, but presenting those same musical concepts to a paying audience is something else entirely. Usually those early performances are at local dives, opening for better-known ...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
A man accused of gunning down a 20-year-old Perris resident during a robbery in a shopping center parking lot was charged Thursday with murder and other offenses. Tyler Nathaniel Washington, 20, was arrested Monday night following a six-week investigation by homicide detectives with the Riverside Co...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman is being accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual comments on movie sets, during promotional activities and at his Los Angeles production company Revelations Entertainment. The accusations against the 80-year-old actor were rep...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Although the City Council voted over a year ago to tear down Parker Center, the former Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein and his supporters announced an effort Thursday to halt the wrecking ball and convert the building into a homeless...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Four people, including two children, were hospitalized following a string of collisions during a police pursuit of a carjacking suspect from Fullerton to Anaheim Thursday. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, carjacked a 2015 Honda Accord at 11:52 a.m. in the 2200 block of Gregory A...
Los Angeles Downtown News | May 24, 2018
(BPT) - Walmart aims to use its size for good. That’s why the world’s largest retailer believes in its approach to global responsibility: shared value. This means creating value for both business and society by increasing economic opportunity, encouraging environmental…
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Additional felony charges were filed Thursday against a registered sex offender who was out on bail in an indecent exposure case when he allegedly sent a 7-year-old relative a photo of him performing a sex act on her, via the girl’s Snapchat application. Antonio Davila, 36, of Santa Ana, alleg...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
The city of Los Angeles added 18,643 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, the fifth-largest increase of any municipality in the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday. Los Angeles remains the nation’s second-largest city with 3,999,759 residents as of July 1, ...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
The Metro Board of Directors voted Thursday to study two potential routes for a light rail line that would bring stops to downtown’s Arts District neighborhood for the first time. The vote approved the further study of two potential northern routes for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corrido...
The Argonaut | May 24, 2018
Fresh, fun and guilt-free poke and acai bowls nourish the body while respecting the planet By Angela Matano For an area once dominated by agriculture, Westchester has been slow to glom onto the fresh-and-local philosophy dominating Westside foodie hotspots such as Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista and...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
A plan to increase the city’s new affordable-housing linkage fee in pricier neighborhoods was approved Wednesday by a Los Angeles City Council committee. Under the linkage fee ordinance approved in December, commercial and residential developers will have to pay a fee for every square foot of ...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
A Newport Beach couple were charged with money laundering and other charges Wednesday for allegedly orchestrating a real estate fraud scheme that bilked lenders out of more than $5.9 million, some of which they used to purchase a Land Rover and a winery. Ronald Cedric Touchard, 59, was charged with ...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
A woman who may have been a caretaker of man found dead with his parents inside a Leimert Park home was being questioned Wednesday, although she has not been labeled a suspect in the killings. The bodies were found around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday inside the home in the 3900 block of South Bronson Avenue, a...
My News LA | May 24, 2018
Finding that a convicted murderer is “intellectually disabled,” the California Supreme Court Thursday vacated his death sentence for the October 1983 killing of a Long Beach man who was trying to sell his Cadillac. “Substantial evidence shows petitioner had significant adaptive dif...