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September 11, 2013 | By Anh Do
Facing a tense crowd, Garden Grove leaders announced Tuesday that they support keeping the hugely popular Tet Festival in their city but said its organizers must help make up $800,000 spent subsidizing the annual event. Council members said the Union of Vietnamese Students Assn., which organizes the festival, would need to submit financial audits for the event covering the last four years before its contract is renewed. "The truth of the matter is we're willing to negotiate," Mayor Bruce Broadwater told supporters of the celebration, which attracts more than 100,000 at the Lunar New Year and has been held at Garden Grove Park since 2002.
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September 6, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
By now, you may be familiar with Central Coast volunteer vacations. You volunteer to go on vacation? Well, yes. As part of your trip, each day you will spend a few hours volunteering your time on various state park projects. Tasks include collecting seeds of endangered plants and removal of invasive vegetation, even caring for the remarkable gardens of Hearst Castle . The volunteer vacations blend this work with recreational outings along the majestic Central Coast, such as nature walks and kayaking.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By J. Hoberman
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
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September 4, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Veteran music biz mogul Irving Azoff, the outspoken manager of the Eagles and former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, today unveiled a new venture with another of the concert industry's heavy hitters in the Madison Square Garden Co. The newly created Azoff MSG Management will encompass Azoff's current management business, which includes such clients as Christina Aguilera, Van Halen, Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, and...
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September 3, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
One of the enduring lessons of gardening life is to remember the recommendations of other gardeners. More than a year ago, musician and edible gardening consultant Lauri Krantz told me that she was stunned by a harvest of Jerusalem artichokes from only eight plants. Krantz, whom I profiled last year , had put them in a garden for chefs Suzanne Goin and David Lentz, mostly for the pretty yellow blooms that appear in August and last for a month. While transitioning the garden to fall, Krantz found more than 400 edible tubers in the soil, so many she needed help carrying them out of the garden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One man was killed and one wounded Saturday afternoon in a shooting in Hawaiian Gardens. The shooting occurred at about 2 p.m. near the intersection of 215th Street and Norwalk Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The two men were hit by gunfire, the Sheriff's Department said. They were both taken to a hospital, where one of them died. Authorities said an investigation was ongoing.  ALSO: Gloria Allred has resignation 'gifts' for Mayor Bob Filner Porn actress' positive HIV test leads to a state investigation Matt Romney, Mitt's son, decides not to run for mayor of San Diego Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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August 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Rubens at the Palace hotel recently unveiled one of the largest "living walls" in London, a 3,770-square-foot vertical garden on the side of its building that features buttercups, strawberries, lavender and even geraniums. The idea is to create a little ecosystem with flowers blooming year-round and one designed to draw bees, butterflies and birds to the urban spot sure to become a landmark. The vertical garden is packed with 16 tons of soil and 10,000 ferns and plants. The wall takes up part of the Palace at 39 Buckingham Palace Road and sister property 41 , both in the Victoria area right near Buckingham Palace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - As state Sen. Ronald Calderon labors in the shadow of a federal corruption investigation, he is relying on a former politician who knows what it is like to be in prosecutors' cross hairs. Calderon's chief spokesman is former Bell Gardens City Councilman Mario Beltran, who joined the Senate staff in March after being sentenced to probation in a criminal case that banned him from holding elected office for four years. He pleaded guilty to misusing campaign money. Beltran, 36, had previously been sentenced to probation after being convicted of filing a false police report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to create an "urban village" of shops, town homes and a park and gardens to replace Jordan Downs, the notorious Watts housing project. The unanimous vote gave final approval to a series of land use and planning laws years in the making. The move clears the way for an up to $1-billion transformation of one of the city's most poverty-stricken and violent areas. The idea is to turn the often-dangerous housing development of 700 derelict units into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes - all designed to attract higher-income people to move into the area and live alongside some of the city's poorest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles residents who grow fruits and vegetables near their front curb will get a respite from the city's code enforcement officials, under a measure approved Tuesday by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to ask city agencies to temporarily suspend rules that restrict the cultivation of gardens in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and the curb. While enforcement is suspended, city officials will continue to work on new rules governing parkway landscaping, said Council President Herb Wesson.
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