California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will no longer take part in a national foreclosure probe of some of the nation’s biggest banks, which are accused of pervasive misconduct in dealing with troubled homeowners. Harris removed herself from talks by a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies investigating abusive foreclosure practices because the nation’s… Read More California breaks from 50-state probe into mortgage lenders [Updated] – latimes.com
Pisses me off. A woman who commissioned young artists to create the mural on a bare wall beside her house was fined $360 by L.A.’s Department of Building and Safety and faced an additional fine of $1,925 if the mural wasn’t removed. Seriously? This is LA city dollars at work? Fix the @*%&… Read More LA city dollars at work? Fix the @*%& roads already!!
If you’ve used Google Maps in a major metropolitain area, you may have noticed one or two “neighborhood labels” that seemed bizarre and new to you even though you know the area quite well. Here is a link to Home Junction on Google Maps. As best as I can determine, some of these names go… Read More Home Junction
The Chiat/Day relationship with Steve Jobs and Apple is nothing short of legendary. That legend goes something like this: Chiat was hired by Apple to create the (also legendary) Ridley Scott-directed, $1 million, only-aired-once-cause-it’s-so-goddamn-special 1984 commercial that introduced the Macintosh line of computers during the Super Bowl. When Jobs was forced out of left Apple, he used… Read More Apple-Google Squabble Spreads to LA
It’s really fascinating to watch the recreation of Atlantic City during it’s “hey day” and I can’t help but be mesmerized by the backdrops for the exterior scenes shot there. I’ve always had a soft-spot for historical boardwalk scenes. Not really sure if it’s some weird obsession with the Monopoly boardgame or the secretive aspect… Read More Old Venice and the Backdrops of “Boardwalk Empire”
I bumped in to a guy on Saturday who said he worked for Clearwire. We got to talking about Sprint and 4G handsets. I asked him about the “private beta” 4G deployment in Los Angeles. He confirmed its existence and that it was working, but generally only available to employees of Sprint, their relatives, and… Read More Sprint 4G / WiMax Service for Los Angeles Due in December
The Times reported Thursday that Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo earns nearly twice the salary of President Obama, Police Chief Randy Adams gets paid about 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia receives more than the chief executive for Los Angeles County.Rizzo makes $787,637, Adams makes $457,000… Read More Civil Servant Salaries Stupify Citizenry