CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 |
Los Angeles is at a disadvantage competing with Las Vegas, New York and Miami for tourists who want a lively nightclub scene because of a California law that cuts off alcohol sales at 2 a.m., a state lawmaker contends. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that could extend the last call for alcohol in some California cities until 4 a.m. "This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding night life and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue," Leno said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2013 |
If Los Angeles ever wants to join the ranks of Las Vegas or Miami in attracting tourists who want to party, it needs to free its night spots from having to make the last call for alcohol by 2 a.m., according to one state lawmaker. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that would allow California cities to seek permission from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to allow their nightclubs, restauraunts and bars to sell drinks until 4 a.m. "Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses,” Leno said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2013 |
The Glendale City Council has indicated that it will ban gun shows. Before Tuesday night's decision, the attorney for the operator of the Glendale Gun Show threatened legal action. "This ordinance, in the way it's drafted … will necessarily require litigation," Sean Brady said to council members and the roughly 140 people packed inside City Hall. No vote was taken Tuesday night but a majority of the council expressed strong support. The ordinance will return to the council next week for a final vote.
March 9, 2013 |
If you're visiting the desert for music or tennis, try El Campanario Restaurant & Bar for fine Mexican cuisine. Seafood is the specialty. Also, ask about the molcajetes specials. We are part-time Indio residents and find this the best in the area. El Campanario Restaurant & Bar, 44185 Monroe St., Indio; (760) 342-3681, http://www.elcampanariorestaurantandbar.com Leo and Margaret Galcher Indio
March 8, 2013 |
A New Mexico man who spent nearly two years behind bars without trial will receive a $15.5-million settlement because a federal jury decided that his rights to adequate medical attention and due process had been violated. During the time Stephen Slevin, 58, spent in solitary confinement at Doña Ana County Detention Center, his mental and physical health deteriorated so severely that he spent hours on end rocking back and forth beneath a blanket, his attorney told the Los Angeles Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 |
The vote counting isn't finished, but Los Angeles' surviving mayoral candidates have already moved on to a monumental new task: replenishing their campaign treasuries for the final and most intense phase of the campaign. When the polls closed Tuesday, the campaigns were effectively broke. City ethics rules prohibit candidates from carrying over funds from the March primary and soliciting new money before they made the runoff. For City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, that means quickly refocusing on a breakneck, behind-the-scenes race to rake in thousands of donations limited by city law to $1,300 or less.
March 6, 2013 |
Clover , which debuted its first juice bar on La Brea in January, is now opening a take-away window at the Churchill on West 3rd Street (look for a Clover awning on the east side of the restaurant). Set to open March 11, the to-go Clover will offer cold-pressed juices, Stumptown coffee and salads and bites from Churchill executive chef Bruce Kalman, with vegan and vegetarian selections. Kalman's breakfast, lunch and "late night" options include: an egg sandwich with bacon, avocado, tomato jam and Grafton cheddar; Tuscan kale salad with Midnight Moon goat cheese, raisins and Meyer lemon vinaigrette; beet salad with wheat berries, quinoa, goat feta, greens and tarragon mustard vinaigrette; a Cubano with ham, Gruyere, pork belly and pickles; and pizza (including vegan and gluten-free)
March 5, 2013 |
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan - The story was gruesome: A university student, captured in a U.S. special forces raid, was found decapitated and with his fingers sliced off. Amid a groundswell of public anger, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office cited that incident, as well as reports that nine villagers had been abducted from their homes, when he decided last week to bar the elite U.S. troops from a volatile province at the doorstep of Kabul, a...
March 4, 2013 |
Chinese on Sunset: A Chinese restaurant for the Sunset Boulevard set is expected to open this spring from Innovative Dining Group , the name behind Sushi Roku, BOA and Katana. Chi-Lin will open in April next to IDG's latest, RivaBella (a collaboration with Gino Angelini that debuted in January). IDG says it has partnered with Cecile Tang of Joss, and Studio Collective is designing the space. How to get into Koreatown speakeasy Lock & Key New drinks at Freddy's: Pico Boulevard gastropub Freddy Smalls in West L.A. has a new bar director, Johan Stein, who formerly worked at Red Medicine and Sotto.
March 2, 2013 |
The Las Vegas casino company headed by high-profile Republican donor and billionaire Sheldon Adelson said it probably violated a federal law that prohibits the bribery of foreign government officials. Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its auditors found that "there were likely violations" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars Americans from bribing foreign officials to secure an advantage. The disclosure was made in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.