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2 US Citizens Flee To Israel After Being Accused Of $33M Bank Fraud
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The FBI says two US citizens have fled to Israel as the feds were investigating their part in a $33 million bank fraud. Aviv Mizrahi, AKA Aviv Shoham Schwartz, 53; and Aryeh Greenes, 58, both residents of the Fairfax District ...

Skirball's 'Transatlantico' film series spotlights a shared history
When the Skirball Cultural Center launched its Latin Jewish film series seven years ago, it caught some members of both ethnic groups by surprise. "People acted just shocked that there were Jews south of the border," said Jordan Peimer, the Skirball's ...

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair Now Open in Santa Monica
"The reality is L.A. has shitloads of money. There is always so much cash flow in the city," says former L.A. art dealer Javier Peres who took the largest booth at the fair this year, traveling from Berlin. Art fairs are a little like online dating ...

In LA, anything but a crack response to tree-buckled sidewalks
When I asked for a list of all the claims filed against the city of Los Angeles by people who have tripped and injured themselves on city sidewalks, I didn't realize I might throw my back out just lifting the document. OK, a slight exaggeration. But ...

Culver Ice Arena Closing Its Doors After 52 Years
CULVER CITY (CNS) - The Culver Ice Arena, a facility where the Los Angeles Kings and Olympic figure skaters Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan and Tai Babilonia trained is scheduled to close Sunday after 52 years in business. John Jackson, who owns the ...

Animal Sanctuary Ranch In Palmdale Looking For Rescue From The Public
PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — People who work at the Garland Rescue Ranch — an animal sanctuary and rescue facility – in Palmdale are accustomed to saving animals. They, in turn, are now asking to be saved by the public. The Los Angeles County Animal ...

Writers Guild of America Awards
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Surprise endings were were part of the film plot tonight in the 66th annual Writers Guild of America Awards presented during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles' J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. Beating out ...

Strict New Rules For Valets Go Into Effect In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Strict new rules for valet companies went into effect this evening in Los Angeles. Those new rules include insurance and background checks for drivers. KCAL9′s Melanie Woodrow went out Saturday evening to see how the ...

Viewpoints: What is next in Frogtown's future?
Almost 12 years ago my partner and I purchased an industrial building in a neighborhood known to locals as Frogtown but officially named Elysian Valley. A narrow strip of land between the 5 freeway and the LA River, Frogtown contains both industrial ...

Los Angeles weighs mandate on earthquake retrofits for dangerous buildings
Sixteen years ago, the Los Angeles City Council adopted tough new guidelines on seismic retrofits for apartment buildings with soft stories built over garages. While it applied to all new construction, the council decided against requiring retrofits of ...

Los Angeles leaders tackle education at Gitnick Super Bowl party
Dr. Gary Gitnick, co-founder of the Fulfillment Fund, speaks to guests during the Super Bowl halftime at his annual party on Sunday. The party features a town hall style discussion with political leaders and educators on the current state of education ...

Politics and government
Mayor Eric Garcetti, UTLA president Warren Fletcher and Board of Supes candidate Bobby Shriver were among the political figures to take part in an education discussion during halftime of the annual Super Bowl watch party at the Valley home of Dr. Gary ...

Car slams into LA convalescent home; 2 hurt
Los Angeles City firefighters respond to the scene of a car crash on Overland Avenue in the Palms area of Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (KABC Photo). Tags: car crash, los angeles news. Comment Now; Email · Print · Report a typo. ShareThis via email ...

Broken LA sidewalks spur aggravation but no consensus
Bob Arranaga says no way. He wouldn't vote for a bond measure to fix potholes and cracked sidewalks in Los Angeles. "L.A. should be paying for repairs from the city budget, not from adding more taxes," he emailed in response to my Sunday column about ...

Review: 'Wallykazam!' is letter perfect for the preschool set
"Wallykazam!," you might have guessed from the title, is a show for young people. Premiering Monday afternoon on Nickelodeon, it is a preschool, literacy-based cartoon that essentially takes a "Sesame Street" sound-of-this-letter blackout and works it ...

Long-Awaited South LA Shopping Center Set For Debut
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City officials are hoping a $20 million shopping center project set to open for business in South Los Angeles will spur the local economy and attract investors. KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports the development project located at ...

LA as a see or be seen kind of place
Interesting blog post by law professor and city of Los Angeles ethics commissioner Jessica Levinson on an aspect of the public culture in LA. It's in the Huffington Post, and posits that In Los Angeles "there are essentially two reasons to do anything ...

Valley Residents Warned Of Rash Of Catalytic Converter Thefts
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police Monday warned San Fernando Valley residents of a recent increase in catalytic converter thefts. According to officials, suspects have been targeting Honda Accord models built between 1998 and 2004 and Acura TL ...

Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles
We found a number of notable happenings in February—from a couple of storytelling events to a zine fest—so we're ready to help you plan your social calendar. Read on for all the event picks and details. THURSDAY, FEB. 6. STORYTELLING: Eat Your ...

LA jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth launches fragrance at Barneys
Venice, Calif.-based fine jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth has launched her first fragrance, with Barneys New York. The fragrance is a summery blend of floral notes and ocean spray, the perfect reflection of her 10-year-old brand, which is recognizable ...

LA judge declines to jail Chris Brown, citing rehab progress
An L.A. County Superior Court judge Monday rebuffed another attempt by prosecutors to send Chris Brown to jail, citing his progress in therapy. Brown is on probation for his 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Los Angeles County ...

New ex-journalist PIOs in the District Attorney's office
jackie-lacey-courthouse.jpg Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has revamped her media office with a trio of former journalists. The highlights are that Jane Robison gets a new title — Senior Public Information Officer — and the new ...

LA and NY: Two new mayors but two different agendas
New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common. Each city suffers from income polarization, a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector. Each is heavily Democratic and is home to an effective labor-liberal political alliance. Each ...

North Hills transient near death after argument leads to shooting
Two gang members were in custody Monday as a 31-year-old transient remained on life support from wounds received during a fight on a sidewalk in the North Hills area, a Los Angeles police official said. “The best we can tell, our victim and a 21-year ...

Woman 'Spit In The Doctor's Face' After Dog Waste Dispute With LA Judge ...
Woman 'Spit In The Doctor's Face' After Dog Waste Dispute With LA Judge ...

Don't gag: It's time for LA to embrace 'toilet to tap' water
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes ...

Councilman pushes cost-sharing program for LA sidewalk repairs
Looking for new ways to fix buckled and broken sidewalks, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield called Tuesday for the reinstatement of a program that allows private property owners to pay a portion of the repair bill. Blumenfield, who represents ...

Uni Cocktails, Plastic Kitsch at The Line's Pot Bar
Last night Pot Bar soft opened in Koreatown in a rather expansive lobby and lounge space on the first floor of The Line Hotel. Tucked toward the back and right before the entrance to Roy Choi's impending POT restaurant, the bar, which officially debuts ...

LA considers cultural landmark status for Silver Lake house
It's a mid-century modern home with a famous designer and a fabulous view. But is it a Silver Lake cultural monument? The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will wrestle with that question Thursday when it decides whether to recommend that the ...

Commuting by bike is an LA adventure
I pedaled to work Monday morning, which I had never done before because all things considered, I'd like to go on living a while longer. Yes, I admit it. I'm afraid to bike city streets in Los Angeles. That's partly because I had a nasty bike accident ...


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