Southland artists line up for Open Call L.A. 2014

03/25/2014 4:03 pm0 comments
Photos by Gary McCarthy

About 2,000 Southland artists lined up at Barnsdall Park last Saturday to enter their artwork in Open Call 2014. The line, bottom left, stretched down the walkway leading to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and then around the park as people waited in line to pay their $20-a-piece entry fee. Among the artists entering the show, below, is Ken Farkash, who entered two of his paintings.

    Independent Staff Report   HOLLYWOOD — Artists from throughout the Southland lined up at Barnsdall Park here last Saturday to enter their work in Open Call L.A., a non-juried biennial exhibition open to all artists residing in Southern California. The line stretched from the Los Angeles Municipal Art [...]

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Marijuana Initiative

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Photo by Gary McCarthy

Industrial hemp

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Backers of an initiative that would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp have until Aug. 18 to submit enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would also require the Legislature to adopt [...]

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Youth Jobs

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The city will offer twice as many jobs to young people this summer, with a total of 10,000 openings, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. The Walt Disney Co. and Citibank each donated $1 million to fund the Hire L.A.’s Youth program, which makes jobs available to [...]

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Hollywood officer-involved shooting

03/24/2014 2:43 pm0 comments

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An officer-involved shooting at a Hollywood Hills home today left a policewoman injured and a suspect who barricaded himself in the residence dead, police said. The shooting occurred after officers went to the multi-story home in the 8200 block of Gould Ave., a winding road off [...]

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Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help

03/21/2014 3:57 pm0 comments
Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help

  By Heather Kelly (CNN) — Sometimes it takes a disaster to inspire innovation. There is a major drought in California. It’s not the first state to face a water shortage recently, and it’s definitely not the first time California has had to battle drought, but it could drag on [...]

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City breaks ground on new City Hall parking structure

03/19/2014 1:17 pm1 comment
Photo by Gary McCarthy

Members of the West Hollywood City Council conduct ground-breaking ceremonies Monday afternoon for the city’s new automated garage and Community Plaza project adjacent to City Hall.

  Independent Staff Report WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city held a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for its automated garage and Community Plaza project at City Hall. The garage and plaza will be built on the site that formerly provided surface parking at City Hall. Construction is anticipated to continue through at [...]

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L.A. Council Members Inquire if Fracking Led to St. Patrick’s Day Quake

03/18/2014 2:54 pm0 comments
Baldwin Hills oil fields

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Three Los Angeles City Council members today called on city staff to investigate whether oil and natural gas drilling methods like fracking helped trigger Monday’s magnitude-4.4 earthquake. Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin introduced a motion, seconded by Councilman Bernard Parks, that would direct city staff [...]

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Marijuana Tax

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Henry Hemp

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By ELIZABETH HSING-HUEI CHOU City News Service The city of Los Angeles has collected $8.6 million in business taxes from medical marijuana facilities since the taxation of such shops began nearly three years ago, the head of the city finance office said last week. The city has continued issuing tax [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration

03/17/2014 4:25 pm2 comments
Irish eyes are smiling.

Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Thousand of revelers turned out for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Pershing Square today that will include a motorcycle and foot parade and a concert. The parade include the motorcycle group the L.A. Police Fire Hogs; the 20-member L.A. Police Emerald Society Bagpipe and Drum [...]

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AP’s Bob Thomas died at his Encino home today. He was 92.

03/14/2014 11:35 am1 comment

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Longtime Associated Press entertainment writer Bob Thomas died at his Encino home today. He was 92. Thomas covered 66 Oscar ceremonies and reported on generations of stars – - from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, according to the Associated Press, which described him as a last [...]

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