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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, June 17-24

  Japan House LA presents a new exhibit “Reconnecting: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito” through Sept. 6. (Photo courtesy of Japan House LA)   Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, June 17-24. EVENTS   Juneteenth at Watts Historic Train Station: Black Arts Los Angeles presents entertainment and vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19-20. Free admission. Location, 1686 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles. 323-412-0811. Email: [email protected]
Tags: Books, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Charity, Events, Health, Local History, Museum, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN

10 of the best hotels in Santa Barbara whether you're on a budget or want to splurge on a celebrity favorite

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Santa Barbara offers some of the world's poshest stretches of coastline and wine country. The region is also home to high-end hotels, many of which are notoriously expensive. We found the best Santa Barbara hotels for all, including affordable picks and a few splurges. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky As a travel journalist based in Southern California, when it comes to Santa Barbara,...
Tags: California, Cdc, Trends, Morocco, Marriott, Keurig, Starbucks, Tripadvisor, Santa, Pacific, Oprah, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Santa Barbara, Joe, Southern California

Two Beloved Hollywood Spas Offering Post-Pandemic Pampering

Surya Spa, Santa Monica Proper Hotel The recently opened Santa Monica outpost of ayurvedic guru to the stars Martha Soffer’s Surya Spa brings together ancient wellness principles and beauty treatments, cleanses, culinary classes, yoga and meditation. Clients: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Beck What to expect: The Kelly Wearstler-designed 3,000-square-foot flagship consists of six treatment rooms, […]
Tags: Health, News, Lifestyle, Santa Monica, Our Town, Kelly Wearstler, Facile Dermatology + Boutique, Surya Spa, Hollywood Spas Offering Post, Martha Soffer, Kate Hudson Beck

Another water war washes over the MWD

In the final scene of “Chinatown,” the noir movie version of Los Angeles’s original water grab, anti-hero Jack Nicholson confronts the brutal triumph of the film’s “pillar of the establishment” villain. The cops don’t want to hear his story.  They invoke the racist trope that the law of the jungle rules in the ethnic enclave where the scene occurs: “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” The real life water wars continue, however, and it remains to be seen who will win the current power struggle at t...
Tags: Jack Nicholson, California, Opinion, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Alaska, San Diego, Las Vegas, Pasadena, Seattle, Chinatown, Mediterranean, Southern California, Santa Monica

See’s Candies at 100: How Mary See and family created a California classic

A line of customers outside a See’s Candies shop in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of See’s Candies) This retailer has never changed its color scheme. The type font used for the logo dates back a century. The clerks still give free samples to every customer, as they have for years. But a strong e-commerce model now bolsters the 250 brick-and-mortar stores, and new products roll out every month. This is See’s Candies at 100, a company that has mastered the recipe for commercial success by comb...
Tags: Food, Business, News, Maryland, California, Stanford, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, History, Soccer, Long Beach, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, San Jose

Poker champ who embezzled more than $22 million from L.A. marketing company gets more than 6 1/2 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — A former executive who embezzled more than $22 million from a Los Angeles-based digital marketing company was sentenced Wednesday to more than 6 1/2 years in federal prison. Dennis Blieden, 31, of Cincinnati, also was ordered pay nearly $22.7 million in restitution. From 2015 to 2019, the former Santa Monica resident was controller and vice president of accounting and finance for StyleHaul Inc., which represents influencers on Instagram and YouTube, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Theft, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Social-media, Soccer, Cincinnati, Pomona, Santa Monica, Gardena, Top Stories LADN, Los Angeles National Cemetery, Crime and Public Safety, Dennis Blieden

Fairmont Miramar Hotel Celebrates 100th Birthday and Pride Month

Once the estate of Santa Monica founder Sen. John P. Jones, the luxe seaside Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows — featuring a palm-shaded pool, chic restaurant Fig and a spread of posh private bungalows — has played host to such golden-era Hollywood luminaries as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Stewart. Presidents John F. Kennedy […]
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Lifestyle, Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy, Santa Monica, Jimmy Stewart, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows, Sen John P Jones, Greta Garbo Marilyn Monroe

LA councilman running for mayor calls for eliminating county’s homelessness agency

Joe Buscaino speaks at a press conference on the Venice Boardwalk to announce his Plan for a Safer Los Angeles in Venice on Monday, June 7, 2021. Joe Buscaino is a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Joe Buscaino held a press conference on the Venice Boardwalk to announce his Plan for a Safer Los Angeles in Venice on Monday, June 7, 2021. The boardwalk has become a congested homeless encampment. Joe Buscaino is a candidate for Mayor of Los Angel...
Tags: Local News, News, Homeless, Homeless shelters, Homelessness, Politics, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories WDN

The 8 best Airbnbs in LA, including beachy bungalows, Spanish-style homes, and modern Hollywood condos

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb It may be known for entertainment, but L.A. is also rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. From the Getty Museum to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, L.A. has a wide range of top attractions. We found the best L.A. Airbnbs, with top reviews, amenities, and accessible price points. Los Angeles is best known as the entertainment capital of the world, but there's much more to the sprawling cit...
Tags: Hollywood, California, Washington, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Glendale, Beverly Hills, Airbnb, Venice, Pasadena, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Sherman, Malibu, Silver Lake

The Station: Aurora gets closer to a SPAC deal, Spin’s new strategy and Waymo One app numbers

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. We are days away from TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a one-day virtual event scheduled for June 9 that is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in transportation. I’ll...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Apps, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Washington, Russia, Berlin, Milwaukee, Singapore, India, America, San Francisco

Sidewalk Robots are Now Delivering Food in Miami

18-inch tall robots on four wheels zipping across city sidewalks "stopped people in their tracks as they whipped out their camera phones," reports the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The bots' mission: To deliver restaurant meals cheaply and efficiently, another leap in the way food comes to our doors and our tables." The semiautonomous vehicles were engineered by Kiwibot, a company started in 2017 to game-change the food delivery landscape... In May, Kiwibot sent a 10-robot fleet to Miami as part o...
Tags: Florida, Los Angeles, Tech, Miami, Berkeley, University Of California, Knight Foundation, Kiwi, Santa Monica, Miami Dade County, Broward County, Brickell, Sun Sentinel, Kiwibot, Kiwibot Miami Dade County, Carlos Cruz Casas

Ford-owned Spin shakes up scooter business with new CEO, e-bikes and city strategy

Spin, the Ford-owned micromobility operator, has added a new CEO, launched a new strategy to capture market share and announced a plan to get back into bike share, although this time with an electric twist.  The flurry of moves suggest that Spin is still trying to figure out the best path forward to push past its rivals and become profitable. Under the changes announced Thursday, co-founder and CEO Derrick Ko is moving to a strategic advisory role, along with the other two co-founders Zaizhua...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Washington, Milwaukee, New York City, Tech, Atlanta, Ireland, Ford, Paris, Portugal, Bird, Bear, Seattle, Citi Bike

Sea-trivia site generates cash for ocean cleanups

The game is simple: Answer the daily ocean trivia question and a piece of plastic will be plucked from the world’s oceans, beaches and sea-bound rivers on your behalf. Since 25-year-old Mimi Ausland launched the Free the Ocean website in August 2019, it has paid for the removal of 17.8 million plastic pieces, according to the site’s running tally. Money generated by the site’s advertisers covers donations made to two non-profits involved with plastic waste cleanup as well as generating income fo...
Tags: Business, News, California, Oregon, Environment, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Hawaii, Ocean, University Of California, Ocean Cleanup, Santa Monica, Crocs

Ocean-trivia site generates cash for ocean cleanups

The game is simple: Answer the daily ocean trivia question and a piece of plastic will be plucked from the world’s oceans, beaches and sea-bound rivers on your behalf. Since 25-year-old Mimi Ausland launched the Free the Ocean website in August 2019, it has paid for the removal of 17.8 million plastic pieces, according to the site’s running tally. Money generated by the site’s advertisers covers donations made to two non-profits involved with plastic waste cleanup as well as generating income fo...
Tags: Business, News, California, Oregon, Environment, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Hawaii, Ocean, Local News, University Of California, Ocean Cleanup, Santa Monica

Parents demand social media giants boot online drug peddlers

The Instagram accounts belonged to “fentanyl_top” and “mass_chemical_drugs” — the 21st century cyber street corners teens visit when looking for an escape, a high, a party. Alexander Neville (Courtesy Neville family) Amy Neville found those via her smart, curious, 14-year-old son Alex’s account after his death. He bought what he thought was oxycontin from an online dealer and died in his Aliso Viejo bedroom after ingesting what turned out to be fentanyl — a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Florida, New York, News, Instagram, California, Oregon, Sport, Snapchat, Public Health, Soccer, Ohio, Riverside County, MMA, Alex

Route 66 may get a ‘kick’ from Congress as a ‘national trail’ designation

Before there were freeways or state highways, it was known appropriately as “The Road to the West,” then rebranded “The Mother Road” by the great Western novelist John Steinbeck, and often given the simple moniker “Main Street of America.” Route 66, a 2,400-mile-long roadway connecting the heartland of Illinois and Missouri to Western desert cities and Southern California is referred to in many ways, but two members of Congress want to add one more title: National Historic Trail. In this fil...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Hollywood, News, Congress, California, Bono, Senate, America, Los Angeles, Roads, Sport, Joe Biden, History, Soccer, United States

Ex-LA Councilman Englander reports to federal prison

By FRED SHUSTER | City News Service Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has reported to a federal penitentiary to begin serving a sentence of a year and two months for trying to obstruct an investigation into bribery allegations in City Hall politics, it was confirmed this morning. Englander — who represented Council District 12 in the San Fernando Valley from July 2011 until he abruptly resigned three years ago after investigators began asking questions about his activities — ...
Tags: News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Courts, Las Vegas, Walter, City Hall, Santa Monica, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, San Fernando Valley

17 of the best California Airbnbs including homes near wine country, national parks, beaches, and the desert

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb According to Airbnb data, California is a top trending location for vacation rentals. Many Enhanced Clean Airbnbs in California are on the beach, near the desert, and in wine country. Experts say Airbnb may be safer than hotels because private rentals promote social distancing. With safety a top priority during COVID, close-to-home vacations continue to be popular. And if you live in or near Cali...
Tags: Hollywood, Yosemite, California, Cdc, La, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Barcelona, House, Portland, San Diego, Airbnb, Baja

Tesla is one step closer to opening a 1950s-style diner at its Los Angeles supercharger station

A Tesla supercharger station at Burbank Town Center, in Burbank on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Burbank, CA. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Tesla filed with the US trademark office last week to use its brand assets in "restaurant services." Elon Musk tweeted the idea in 2018, and Tesla applied for permits, but little has happened since. The company says its superchargers can add 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. See more stories on Insider's business page. It turn...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, La, Restaurants, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Tesla, Retail, US Patent And Trademark Office, Diners, Keller, Santa Monica, Burbank, Electrek

This circus performer went from the big top to putting big screens on rooftops

As the sun set on a recent Monday, people began to pull up to a multi-level parking structure in an industrial part of El Segundo near LAX, pulling blankets and pillows out of their vehicles as they ascended to the roof. There, they found rows of socially distanced deck chairs set up on artificial turf where cars would normally be. And on their way to picking up headphones and finding their seats, many stopped to snap a shot for the ‘Gram in front of a neon sign reading “Greetings from Rooftop C...
Tags: Apple, New York, Hollywood, London, Movies, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Oakland, Elizabeth Taylor, Lax, Santa Monica, London England, Richard Pryor, El Segundo

VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, June 4

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote. Click on the newspaper links bel...
Tags: Sports, America, Sport, Soccer, King, Marlborough, Usc, High School Sports, Santa Monica, Watts, Saugus, Murphy, La Mirada, Kendrick, Temple City, VILLANUEVA

Some Southern California casinos say buh-bye to buffets

As Las Vegas casino buffets begin to reopen from their coronavirus closures, their Southern California counterparts are not. A number of the region’s tribal-owned casinos have kept their buffets closed with no reopening dates announced while others are turning them into new concepts. One of the casinos falling into the second category is Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Officials there have decided to turn the former buffet space into a sports bar. The casino’s Oasis Buffet has been shuttered ...
Tags: Mexico, Casinos, Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Las Vegas, Duke, Palm Springs, Southern California, Santa Monica, LA County, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Pechanga Resort Casino, Fabio Viviani

Fire up those ovens: Santa Monica-based cooking school to reopen for in-person classes

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, a cooking school located in downtown Santa Monica, will reopen its doors Monday, June 14, for in-person cooking classes after shutting down more than year ago when the pandemic began. The first classes will be part of a summer camp for teens, one of the biggest moneymakers for the business. The Gorumandise School in Santa Monica is reopening June 14. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) L to R; Clemence de lutz, Claire Hutchens...
Tags: Food, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Italy, Community, Savories, Santa Monica, LA County, Culver City, Los Angeles Daily News

‘America’s Got Talent’ favorites Angel City Chorale are performing a free virtual charity concert

After a year when live, in-person performances were put on pause, Angel City Chorale’s founder and artistic director Sue Fink said that pivoting to virtual performances had been imperative to the survival of the group. In December, the Los Angeles-based Angel City Chorale — which was a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018 and went viral for its choral rendition of Toto’s “Africa” — pulled off a virtual holiday concert that drew more than 45,000 viewers from around the world. Even with...
Tags: Music, California, Africa, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Southern California, San Pedro, Sam Cooke, Tina Turner, Santa Monica, Anaheim, Burbank

Small earthquake shakes Orange County, other parts of Southern California

A magnitude 2.6 earthquake centered just east of Anaheim shook  Orange County and other parts of Southern California on Thursday, May 27, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt around 5:07 p.m. Its epicenter was about two-and-a-half miles east of Anaheim, the USGS reported. Its depth was reported to be about 3.3 miles. Its intensity was rated as a level four, which meant there was light shaking and no damage, according to USGS. Various locals in inland Orange County and Newp...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Earthquakes, Pasadena, Orange County, Usgs, Southern California, Santa Monica, Anaheim, Newport Beach, U S Geological, Hermosa Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Top Stories OCR, Crime and Public Safety

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area May 27-June 3

Los Angeles National Cemetery is not holding a Memorial Day ceremony in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting planning, but the cemetery is open over Memorial Day weekend. The Los Angeles National Cemetery is shown here on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) EVENTS   Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tours: Recorded tours of two house each on two dates. Arroyo de Rey, a 1979 modern home by Conrad Buff & Don Hensman, and the Mosely House, a 199...
Tags: Books, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Memorial Day, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN

10 gorgeous beach hotels in Los Angeles from Malibu to Santa Monica and the South Bay

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Tripadvisor Los Angeles has some of the world's best hotels on some of the most beautiful coastline. To get up close, stay in a stunning LA beach hotel, from Malibu to Santa Monica and the South Bay. The best LA beach hotels start from $198 to $675 per night and come with pools and ocean views. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Sure, the Hollywood sign is one of Los Angeles' most famous landma...
Tags: Hollywood, California, Cdc, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Beverly Hills, Manhattan, Tripadvisor, Santa, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Ocean, Cape Cod, Malibu, Skydeck

The Cat & Canary Music Show’s tuneful team, with Cookie in tow, takes to the streets

“And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom… Let it be” The music flowing from the portable Bose speakers, mixed with the sounds of traffic on Sepulveda Boulevard on a sunny afternoon in Mission Hills as Julieanne Gerard and Deborah “DJ” Murphy sang “Let It Be” by The Beatles. The Cat & Canary Music Show featuring Julieanne Gerad and Deborah “DJ” Murphy perform in Mission Hills. #music #SFV — Hans Gutknecht (@HansGutknec...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Frank Sinatra, Usc, Phil Spector, Santa Monica, Cookie, Murphy, Valley, Alhambra, Downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Deborah

Sensor Tower makes its first acquisition with deal for market intelligence company, Pathmatics

Mobile app market intelligence firm Sensor Tower has made its first acquisition. The company this morning announced it’s acquiring Pathmatics, a market intelligence company which will now combine its paid digital and social media platform with Sensor Tower’s business. Deal terms were not detailed but include an undisclosed growth investment from Riverwood Capital into Pathmatics. The acquisition will allow the companies to offer an expanded set of digital and mobile advertising insights to their...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, App Stores, Mobile Advertising, Competitive Intelligence, Digital Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Santa Monica, Sensor Tower, Pathmatics

15 of the best US hotels with standalone cabins, cottages, or villas for added space and privacy

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Eastwind Hotel and Bar For safer travel options, look for hotels with standalone accommodations or private entrances. We found the best US hotels with cabins, villas, and cottages that promote safety and privacy. All are highly rated and range from $139 to $650 per night. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky In response to the pandemic, many travelers are prioritizing safety and booking clean, private, ...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Cdc, La, Massachusetts, New York City, US, Trends, Missouri, Maine, Hawaii, Italy, Moab, San Diego, Keurig