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May 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
It was a great twist on Haight-Ashbury hippie history--the house where drug-plagued rocker Janis Joplin once lived was being turned into a drug rehab center. Just one problem--she really lived in the house next door. The San Francisco Chronicle told the dramatic story Thursday, complete with corroboration from such '60s musical luminaries as Country Joe McDonald, who was Joplin's beau back then and briefly lived with her in the Lyon Street house--whichever one it was.
April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
March 18, 2001
Re "Residency Questions Prod Hayden to Leave Guest House," March 13. It's apparent that, by moving into his campaign coordinator's home--as opposed to her guest house, which he used to establish his 5th District "residency"--[Tom] Hayden is providing the answer to our city's housing crunch: house-sharing. His wife and child must be proud, wherever they're living. JILLIAN TYSON Los Angeles
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
The recent revelation that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department secretly conducted aerial surveillance of the entire city of Compton for nine days in 2012 prompted outrage from the city's mayor, its residents and civil liberties groups. The Sheriff's Department justified the surveillance by saying it was only a brief test of a program provided by a private security company. A small, manned Cessna plane equipped with an array of cameras flew six hours a day and only in daylight, beaming video information back to the local sheriff's station.
May 7, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The San Gabriel City Council voted to seat councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao on Monday, concluding a series of public hearings sparked by a resident's election fraud complaint. Liao was the second highest vote-getter in the city's March elections, but the council voted not to seat him after Fred Paine accused Liao of living outside the city. As part of the same action in March, the council began its own inquiry into the question of Liao's residency. Two ousted incumbents provided two of the votes to launch the hearings, prompting raised eyebrows from election experts.  During three days of courtroom-style hearings last month, Liao provided evidence of his intent to move to San Gabriel and called witnesses to testify that he was living in a rented apartment within the city's borders before and after seeking nomination papers.
April 9, 2011
After successful residencies in the New York area in December and January, Prince is setting up an extended stay in L.A. — and attempting to upstage Coachella (April 15-17) in the process. The singer dialed into "Lopez Tonight" on Thursday to announce he would be kicking off a 21-night run, beginning at the Forum and continuing on at venues to be announced later. The L.A. residency will kick off April 14 with backing band the New Power Generation and "a whole gang of special guests," Prince teased.
February 24, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ask and ye shall receive. At least when it comes to authors and Amtrak. Amtrak has launched a still-unstructured writers residency program thanks to an offhanded remark by Alexander Chee and some impassioned pleas on Twitter. In a PEN Ten interview that posted Dec. 23, Chee, author of the forthcoming novel "The Queen of the Night," said that trains are his favorite place to write. He then commented, "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers. " Not two months later and Amtrak does.
November 24, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
For the last 20 years, Josephine Gutierrez, a native of the Philippines, toiled six days a week in the home of a Hong Kong family. On her day off, she attended church and was active in charity work. Her fourth child was born in Hong Kong. But a Hong Kong court has ruled that she doesn't have the right to permanently settle in the city she has called home since 1991. At the heart of the case is Hong Kong's immigration ordinance, which bars domestic workers and contract laborers from being eligible for permanent residence.
January 14, 2014 | By August Brown
Dance music's newest Member of the Order of the British Empire will now be holding court in Hollywood for a monthly residency. Pete Tong, the influential U.K. DJ and broadcaster, recently relocated to L.A. to further his myriad dance music projects in America. Now that roster includes a monthly installment of his "All Gone Pete Tong" residency series at Sound nightclub , which kicks off Jan. 24. The first night will feature the excellent neo-house guests Benoit & Sergio, with Lee Foss' Modern Amusement joining for a Feb. 14 edition.
February 21, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Get ready for more swooning: The Justin Timberlake comeback machine is seriously revving up. Timberlake's much anticipated return to music has already seen the singer deliver a swagger-dipped performance at the Grammys, a smoldering eight-minute single, "secret" concerts around the Super Bowl and the Grammys and take his suave act across the pond to the Brit Awards. Now as news of the singer and his “Suit & Tie” collaborator Jay-Z headlining London's Wireless Festival --  there's also talks of a joint summer stadium tour -- Timberlake is announcing a few more massive promo platforms ahead of his upcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience.” The singer, who in the last few years shifted his focus to acting, will make his return to “Saturday Night Live” on March 9, where he will pull double duty hosting and performing.
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
JACKSON, Wyo. - Just a few years after Thomas Ralston moved to town, a chimney fire burned down his home. Last month, he was driving when a 3,000-pound boulder fell from a mountain onto the roof of his brand-new truck. So when a police officer visited his condo a few weeks ago to tell him he had an hour to evacuate because a landslide was threatening the building, he responded the only way he could. He sort of laughed. "What are you going to do?" he said to himself and shrugged.
April 24, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC. "The company must notify the EPA that they have completed the improvements at least 15 days before reopening," said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
April 24, 2014 | By Harold Meyerson
The most fundamental problem Los Angeles faces is that a huge number of Angelenos can't even afford to live here. Their pay is too low; their rent is too high. Last week, the real estate website Zillow released a survey commissioned by the New York Times that identified the 90 American cities where the median rent exceeded 30% of the median household income. (The 30% figure is the threshold at which rent is generally deemed unaffordable.) The survey ranked those 90 cities by the percentage of their residents' median income devoted to their median rent.
April 23, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged this week that Compton residents were not notified of an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012. "No notification to the residents was made because this system was being tested in a city where cameras were already deployed and the system was only being evaluated," the department said in a statement released Tuesday. Officials said the department decided the program was not useful and dropped it after the test period.
April 23, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day. But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was that it packed unusual cargo - a bank of a dozen wide-angle industrial imaging cameras. They recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city. For nine days in early 2012, the small plane beamed the images to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed fender benders, necklace snatchings and a shooting.
April 23, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The mysterious death of a young dancer during a police operation led to violent clashes between slum residents and police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night that left one man dead. Residents set fires and put up barricades, shutting down parts of the Copacabana and Ipanema neighborhoods into the night. One 30-year-old man died, reportedly shot in the head, and a 12-year old boy was injured. The incident was the latest in which the efforts of Rio's often-criticized Military Police to occupy and "pacify" Rio's hundreds of favelas, or slums, have been set back amid resurgent violence, pushback from communities and accusations of human rights abuses.
June 24, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has notified those who raised residency issues about candidates in an election for a Glendale-area state Assembly seat last year that reviews of their complaints have been closed without further action. Supporters of Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and also of his opponent, Republican businessman Sunder Ramani, filed complaints alleging that the other candidate had violated state elections requirements for district residency and voting.
January 10, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Britney Spears has just started luring younger crowds to her recently launched Las Vegas spectacle inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. But the pop star is about to gain some new neighbors at a smaller venue nearby. The Jacksons have inked a residency deal with Planet Hollywood that will see them perform 40 concerts, promoters for the show announced on Thursday.  The group was tapped as the next act to anchor the hotel's "RockTellz & CockTails” concert series. They are scheduled to make their debut Feb. 20. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat RockTellz & CockTails is pegged as a “high-energy, one-of-a-kind live show” built around a concert and “intimate, personal stories.
April 18, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - The thud of mortar shelling alternated with tolling church bells Friday as the Christians of this capital's ancient Bab Touma district marked Good Friday amid extremely tight security. The Easter Week processions that once featured tens of thousands walking the cobblestoned streets of the Old City now are confined to the close vicinity of churches. Soldiers and militiamen checked everyone coming and going on Friday; vehicular traffic was largely closed off as a precaution against car bombs.
April 13, 2014 | Andrew Khouri
Arie Shashou remembers simple pleasures from the decades spent in his Westside home: helping neighbors with small tasks; the daily chats with the former manager of the complex; the paintings that line the walls of his one-bedroom. "It was a happy time," Shashou, 77, recalled on a recent Sunday afternoon. "I was hoping to die here. " That was before Shashou received an eviction notice in March. Shashou's $825-a-month rent-controlled apartment, and 17 other units, will be demolished to make way for a pricey new apartment complex.
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