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Awards Season : Six Days Left for AIA/LA Design Award Nominations

March 29, 2012
Awards Season : Six Days Left for AIA/LA Design Award Nominations

[Photo: 2011 People's Choice Winner, The Spare Room. Elizabeth Daniels 1/11 ] Six days remain to register an eatery or drinkery for the AIA|LA ‘s (America Institute of Architects: Los Angeles) 8th annual design awards. Nominate through April 2 , 4PM. As in years past, this competition honors excellence in restaurant , cafe/bar , and lounge/nightclub design. Restaurateurs, designers, and architects are invited to submit nominations. All establishments must be located in the US or the design firm must be US-based. As previously mentioned , this year’s judges are KCRW’s Good Food host Evan Kleiman , Rios Clementi Hale Studios principal Mark Rios , and ink.’s Michael Voltaggio . Here’s who won last year. · All AIA|LA Coverage [~ELA~] Continue reading here: Awards Season : Six Days Left for AIA/LA Design Award Nominations

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Crime : Pinkberry Founder Angered by "Sexually Explicit" Tattoo

January 19, 2012
Crime : Pinkberry Founder Angered by "Sexually Explicit" Tattoo

There are two sides to every story and legal council for Young Lee , the Pinkberry co-founder who, earlier this week , was charged with assault of a homeless man, claims that Lee felt “at risk” and “threatened” by the transient victim. Apparently, Lee was also angered by a “sexually explicit” tattoo he spotted on the homeless man’s body which caused him to get out of his car and attack. Lee’s lawyer Philip Kent Cohen says, “As the evidence comes out, the reality will be much different than has been presented.” · Sexually explicit’ tattoo described in Pinkberry beating case [LAT] · Pinkberry founder Young Lee felt ‘threatened,’ attorney says [LAT] · Pinkberry Founder Arrested For Beating Homeless Man [~ELA~] View post: Crime : Pinkberry Founder Angered by “Sexually Explicit” Tattoo

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Calendar : Jonathan Gold’s Gold Standard Returns March 4

January 19, 2012
Calendar : Jonathan Gold’s Gold Standard Returns March 4

LA Weekly ‘s resident restaurant critic Jonathan Gold is ready to announce the lineup for his 4th installment of the Gold Standard on March 4 , a culinary tasting event in which 40 Gold-approved restaurants set up shop to serve YOU. That is, if you decide to drop $75 on a ticket or $95 for VIP early entrance and a swag bag (a portion of the proceeds benefit Heal the Bay). Gold Standard 2012 takes place on March 4 from 1-5PM at the Petersen Automotive Museum and tix go on sale January 26. In typical Gold style, a mix of both high and low cuisines will be on offer, so far here’s who is serving: Animal, A-Frame, Baco Mercat, Chego, Chichen Itza, Drago Centro, Guelaguetza, Jitlada, La Casita Mexicana, LaOn, Little Dom’s, Meals by Genet, Mo-Chica, Mozza, Palate Food + Wine, Street, Mezze, Nickel Diner, Lukshon, MB Post, Night + Market, Playa, Providence, Ramen Jinya, Salt’s Cure, Sotto, Spice Table, Starry Kitchen and Short Order , plus more. A strong showing, indeed. As for booze, a release says, “The Wine House will be representing over 30 top-shelf wineries, all pouring their favorite vintages” but no specifics on vineyards. What happened last year? [EaterWire] See the rest here: Calendar : Jonathan Gold’s Gold Standard Returns March 4

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Kenny Wormald at the "Footloose" premiere

October 4, 2011
Kenny Wormald at the "Footloose" premiere

http://www.youtube.com/v/kXa99P3dZho?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Kenny Wormald talks to LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman at the premiere of “Footloose.” Visit link: Kenny Wormald at the “Footloose” premiere

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How Much $ Do We Need To Survive In CA?

October 4, 2011

Story courtesy of California Watch By Joanna Lin A family of four in California would need an average of more than $63,000 a year – nearly triple the federal poverty level – to cover its basic needs, according to an analysis of the state’s cost of living to be released today. The 2011 Self-Sufficiency Standard, released by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development , a national research organization, shows that in every county in California, the federal poverty level falls short of meeting basic needs: housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and other essential household expenses. Taking all these costs into consideration, the standard calculates the minimum annual income required for 156 family compositions in each county. The pre-tax income needed to make ends meet for a family of two working, married adults; a preschooler; and a primary school-aged child ranged from $53,775 in Tulare County to $86,629 in Marin County. For a family of four, the 2011 federal poverty level , which is based on the cost of food alone and does not take into account regional cost-of-living differences in the contiguous United States, is $22,350. “The federal poverty guidelines miss this whole population of individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Jenny Chung Mejia, an attorney and program manager for the center. “Essentially, what happens is they earn too much to qualify but yet don’t have enough to make ends meet; they fall in this sort of policy-benefits gap.” Many people and entities, including policymakers, public agencies, philanthropic organizations, advocates and service providers, use the Self-Sufficiency Standard as a benchmarking tool to gauge the needs of their communities. In affluent counties, needs often go unrecognized, Chung Mejia said. “The public has this perception that if you live in Marin County, for example, you’re not going to be poor,” she said. While figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show 9.1 percent of the population in Marin County lives below the poverty level, the county’s median household income – $83,867 – is lower than its Self-Sufficiency Standard. Even in counties where median income exceeds the Self-Sufficiency Standard, advocates say the cost of basic needs can be striking. In Santa Clara County, for example, the median household income, $85,002, is just slightly higher than the Self-Sufficiency Standard for a family of two adults, a preschooler and a school-aged child. According to the standard, the cost of food for such a family – $852 a month, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s low-cost food plan – eats up more than 12 percent of household income. More than 91,500 students in the county are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school. But to qualify for the programs, a student’s household income must be at or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level – or $41,347.50 for a family of four. “There’s this huge gap,” said Dana Bunnett, director of Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte that advocates for children in Santa Clara County. “We really have needs for families that go beyond those federal guidelines.” Although the Self-Sufficiency Standard accounts for more basic costs than the federal poverty level does, it misses others that many Californians would consider essential – including cell phone and Internet service. “That just makes it all the more crazy,” Chung Mejia said. “We’re just putting forth a very, very modest budget.” Joanna Lin is an investigative reporter for California Watch, a project of the non-profit Center for Investigative reporting. Find more California Watch stories here. See the article here: How Much $ Do We Need To Survive In CA?

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