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Remember when SF decided to close one of its most infamous tourist attractions, the crooked Lombard Street, on certain weekends due to complaints by locals? Well, its rival city in the south, Los Angeles, is now experiencing similar problems with one of its landmarks, the Hollywood Sign.
According to the LA Times, an impromptu task force consisting of eight police officers has formed in response to "growing complaints from residents who say their neighborhoods are being overrun by tourist vans and rental cars drawn to the sign." Problems include double parking and congestion that has resulted in both physical damage and logistical frustration.
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Summer might be winding down, but there are still tickets available for L.A. River Expeditions Summer 2014 Kayaking Trips in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.
The guided tour takes kayakers through one of the most scenic stretches of the L.A. in San Fernando Valley for great views of wildlife and leisurely paddling.
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Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.
Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, as over the weekend they defeated the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three years. The National Hockey League takes to the streets today in Southern California, as it’s time for a victory parade. Things take place today—Monday—so be sure to plan an escape plan from work sooner than later.
Although the city isn't necessarily known for its hockey fans there were around 250,000 in attendance a couple years ago, so we can only expect even more today when things kick of at around noon—local time. Downtown is where things will take place, as stuff will start at the corners of Figueroa and West 5th streets, and then the people and players will move south along Figueroa Street and end at LA Live. Things should run for no more than 45 minutes or so, and then there will be a fan rally inside the Staples Center—unfortunately it’s already sold out.
FX's most beloved series Sons of Anarchy is coming to an end, which has fans scrambling to find out where they might be filming their final episodes. Luckily you have us to ask; here's a look at three filming locations where you'll be able to catch Jax and company shooting throughout the summer:
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It was announced wayyyy back in December 2011 that the west coast would eventually enjoy their own Harry Potter-land at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, but there's no updates since. Sad face!
That is, until now, until Universal Studios dropped the news that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will boast a Hogwarts Castle and will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016, along with their "Transformers: The Ride 3D." That's quite a long time to wait, considering the excitement has been brewing since 2011, but not to worry as Universal Studios will keep you busy with a slew of new rides in the meantime.
Tacos and Mexican food may be the first things to come to mind when you think of the food scene in Los Angeles, but don't sleep on the city's other ethnic offerings that, according to The Daily Beast, score big points for their unwillingness to cater to a general audience.
"(The restaurants are) making no concessions to you, and the food thrives because of that," said Kogi BBQ Chef Roy Choi. "They’re cooking from the heart. They’re not considering, ‘Uh, would that be too spicy?’ You’re just in their part of town. You are the one percent.”
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Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, LA!
Operations are normal this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, despite the city shaking from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake at approximately 6:35am PST. It was originally reported as a 4.7-magnitude, but was downgraded. According to Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, the quake was a shallow one and “epicentered in the Santa Monica Mountains between Westwood and Encino, closer to the Valley side, about five miles below the surface."
The city is conducting an emergency survey by ground and air to confirm that the earthquake hasn't caused any damage, but the LA Times did speak with a Westwood bagel shop owner who noted that "No bagels fell off the shelves and 'everything stayed in place.'"
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When it comes to Los Angeles travel, all airports are not created equal.
Although most travelers know of LAX, the area actually boasts five major airports, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, WiFi policies, and paparazzi specialties. And you can bet frequent flyers to the left coast feel loyalty for the airports nearly as much as the airlines.
For example, our Editor Cynthia loves Long Beach for its slick looks and tech friendliness. On the flip side, HotelChatter Editor and LA resident Juliana pledges allegiance to the flexibility and fancy upgrades of LAX. Contributor Andy swears by SNA, and Jaunted friend The Sterling Traveler seconds the Long Beach fascination.
What? No love for Burbank or Ontario International? Having sampled all five airports in our travels, it's time to compare and contrast:
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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.
The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.
If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;
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Brian Sumers - the Los Angeles reporter who covers all things airports - promised us that we would "enjoy" the video below, which he took this week at a ceremony celebrating the groundbreaking of a new light rail line set to go from L.A.'s Mid-City to the general vicinity of LAX. He very specifically wrote "trust me" and then he followed up with "you'll enjoy it."
Brian Sumers fucking lied to us.
Let's discuss, shall we?