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THE818NOW
March 29, 2013
In the course of reporting a story about Michelle Rhee , the controversial former District of Columbia chancellor seeking to take her brand of education reform to statehouses across the country, the Los Angeles Times asked her spokeswoman a simple question: Do Rhee's children attend public or private school? The response from Erin Shaw seemed clear. “She is a public school parent,” Shaw told the paper in an email. So The Times reported that Rhee's two children attend public school . After the story ran in Wednesday's newspaper, one of Rhee's biggest critics, the American Federation of Teachers , challenged that statement, saying that one of her daughters attends a private school in Tennessee, where her ex-husband lives.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. bought a 60% share of the $342-million Pinnacle office complex in Burbank from M. David Paul & Associates/Worthe Real Estate Group, bringing together two of Southern California's biggest entertainment industry landlords as co-owners. The Pinnacle is made up of two office buildings on 4.3 acres near  Warner Bros.  Studios, Burbank Studios and Walt Disney Studios. Tenants include Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., KIIS-FM and Elektra Entertainment, the Los Angeles Times reported . Among properties owned by Hudson Pacific are Sunset Bronson Studios, Sunset Gower Studios and the Technicolor Building.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2013
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
THE818NOW
April 30, 2013
California's bullet train agency is facing a series of new regulatory and political problems that could jeopardize its July construction kickoff, which already has been delayed more than six months. The new challenges are coming from a private railroad that controls a key right of way, a legislative committee delving into contracting issues and a powerful federal agency asserting authority over the project. The rail agency is beginning to make purchase offers for land around Fresno and says it still plans to start building this summer.
THE818NOW
May 22, 2013
Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning before being tranquilized. Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn't appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street, the Los Angeles Times reported.
THE818NOW
June 14, 2012
Campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee will have to wait a little longer to learn her fate for stealing more than $7 million in political funds from at least 50 clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Durkee, who pleaded guilty in March to five counts of mail fraud, was scheduled to be sentenced June 20 in federal court, but her attorney and federal officials have agreed to delay the sentencing until Oct. 10. "Based on the complexity of this case, all parties have agreed to a continuation of the judgment and sentencing," wrote Linda Alger, a senior United States probation officer, in a memo to the clerk of U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
The hotly contested and expensive San Fernando Valley race between incumbent Democratic Reps. Howard Bermanand Brad Sherman has locals so torn over whom to vote for that one resident called the whole situation “a shame.” Redistricting has forced the two popular congressmen to compete in a new district that incorporates pieces of their existing districts, and the pair have attracted millions of dollars in support of their candidacies. The two veterans have worked to distinguish themselves from one another since both men have spent much of their adult lives in elected office and hold similar views on many national and world issues.
THE818NOW
November 13, 2012
In a round of year-end belt tightening, NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 employees, or about 1.5%  of its total workforce. The cuts are distributed throughout the media company, which boasts nearly 30,000 employees, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive topic. Some of the layoffs have already occurred. Two months ago, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" eliminated about two dozen of its crew in an effort to reduce the late-night program's budget.
THE818NOW
January 3, 2013
Los Angeles police have arrested a parolee they suspect may have burglarized as many as 200 cars, most of them in parking structures, after first blocking out surveillance cameras with silver paint. Frank Chibbaro, 38, was arrested Tuesday while hiding in a parking structure at 8th and Bixel streets in downtown Los Angeles after a witness saw someone breaking into a car, according to Police Lt. Joe Losorelli. Police said they found hundreds of items in Chibbaro's car and at his North Hollywood home, including credit cards, laptops, cameras, expensive sunglasses, jewelry and money that investigators suspect he took from cars he had broken into.
THE818NOW
September 21, 2012
Assembly Speaker John A. Perez(D-Los Angeles) will soon be trying his hand at another profession: acting. California's first openly gay speaker will join an all-star cast in San Francisco next month for a reading of "8," a play about the federal trial to overturn Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that took away the right of same-sex couples in California to marry. The performance, set for Oct. 7 at the American Conservatory Theatre, will serve as a benefit for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the nonprofit group that spearheaded the court case against Proposition 8. Past readings have featured celebrities, including George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
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By Mike Boehm | February 12, 2014
With apologies to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the title of this theater tale could be "Out of the Woods. " The Colony Theatre in Burbank said a fundraising push that began around Thanksgiving snowballed into about $260,000 -- more than five times what initially was expected and enough to put the theater on secure fiscal footing 16 months after it had announced it was on the verge of closing,  according to the Los Angeles Times ...
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THE818NOW
By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times | November 23, 2013
A Metrolink train struck a man late Friday afternoon, severing his arm and delaying evening commuters for more than an hour. The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m., shortly after the train had left the Burbank Airport station, the Los Angeles Times reported . [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier verision of this post stated in the headline that the man was struck in Burbank. If fact, he was hit within the city of Los Angeles. ] The man was walking west along the tracks on a rail bridge that carries the train over the 170 Freeway, said Sgt. Donald Kelly, watch commander for the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, which is investigating the accident.
THE818NOW
By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times | November 15, 2013
Donald S. Maxwell, a retired financial executive who helped guide the Los Angeles Times and its former parent company, Times Mirror, through periods of unprecedented expansion, died Wednesday at his home in La Habra Heights. He was 83 and had pancreatic cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported . Maxwell joined The Times as controller in 1969 and later became the newspaper's vice president of finance. In 1982, he was named a vice president of Times Mirror, where he had a succession of financial responsibilities.
NEWS
September 20, 2013
Until retirement, I worked for many years in IT procurement. Although I have no personal stake in the decisions of the LAUSD, their plan to acquire an iPad for each Los Angeles student raised a few red flags. Was this the result of a competitive procurement? Did the above-retail price make sense? Would there be on-going support and security? Why an iPad? The only follow-on news I've seen was a recent Los Angeles Times column by Steve Lopez, where he identifies other problems with this surprising rush into “consumer high tech.” I think we can expect more news on this topic.
THE818NOW
May 22, 2013
Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning before being tranquilized. Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn't appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street, the Los Angeles Times reported.
THE818NOW
May 16, 2013
Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara has begun building his own team at the Burbank entertainment company, distributing power among a handful of key executives who have long toiled in the trenches. On Wednesday, Tsujihara announced a new management structure for the company's television, home entertainment and video games unit. "This is all about redesigning the company and how we do what we do," Tsujihara said in an interview with The Times. "One of the key goals we want to accomplish is running this company as one. We all work for Warner Bros.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
Warner Bros. Television Group Chief Executive Bruce Rosenblum is resigning less than six months after being passed over for the top job at the movie and television production giant. "Bruce has been a vital member of the Warner Bros. family and a good friend to so many of us, and he will be missed," new Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara and former CEO Barry Meyer said in an email to the studio's staff. Rosenblum's departure had been expected after Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Warner Bros.
THE818NOW
May 10, 2013
Paramount Pictures will be getting a payday for "Iron Man 3" -- a film released by its crosstown rival Disney. The Walt Disney Co. 's  Robert Downey Jr. action sequel has already sold $794 million of tickets worldwide -- a massive success for the Burbank company. But Paramount, which had no involvement in the making of the Marvel Studios-produced superhero movie, could wind up receiving more than $100 million from the box office pie.  The financial deal stems from an October 2010 agreement between Disney and Paramount, which had previously distributed Marvel movies, including the first two "Iron Man" pictures.
THE818NOW
April 30, 2013
California's bullet train agency is facing a series of new regulatory and political problems that could jeopardize its July construction kickoff, which already has been delayed more than six months. The new challenges are coming from a private railroad that controls a key right of way, a legislative committee delving into contracting issues and a powerful federal agency asserting authority over the project. The rail agency is beginning to make purchase offers for land around Fresno and says it still plans to start building this summer.
THE818NOW
April 19, 2013
Times are tough for KCET-TV. The former PBS outlet announced Friday that it would lay off 22 employees, or nearly one-fifth of its staff, as it completes a merger with the Bay Area satellite provider Link Media. Now called KCETLink, the Burbank-based nonprofit entity is scrambling to reposition itself as a "transmedia" company that provides content to mobile devices and other platforms as well as televisions. The company has hired a well known PR firm, Rogers & Cowan, to help manage its image during the transition.  The harsh belt-tightening has been dictated by poor financial results.
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