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Monday, August 30, 2010

McCourt v. McCourt

The legal battle for L.A. Dodgers ownership began today as Frank and Jamie McCourt faced off in a courtroom battle in Los Angeles that is expected to last up to 11 days

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RV Sewage Spill Cleanup in Venice

Crews work into the night on 3rd St in Venice to clean up after complaints about RV and car camping sewage spills in the area, which includes an incident in which an RV driver was arrested on illegal dumping charges last week. Officials declared 3rd St a bio-hazard prompting the clean up.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Heat Wave

The heat is finally on, and a surfer beats the heat in the surf at Venice Beach with water temperatures in the mid 60's

Monday, August 23, 2010

New $578 Million Public School In Los Angeles

Finishing touches are being put on the new Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, which will be opening at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. Coming in at a final price tag of $578 million and serving 4,200 students, it's the most expensive public school in the country.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Homeless in Venice Beach - Updated

Update August 28, 2010 - A Jehova's Witness named Inesita speaks with a homeless man on Ocean Front Walk

Windward Circle - August 23, 2010
3rd Street in Venice
Venice Beach has a large population of homeless, many of whom live in their RVs, cars, or vans. The debate on what action to take is getting heated with many residents complaining of hygiene, violence,  and waste disposal problems. The City of Los Angeles and Councilman Bill Rosendahl apparently are working on a program to help remedy the situation and it can't come soon enough. There is also a push for overnight parking restrictions to reduce the swelling number of vehicles used as housing. Of course there is also a large contingent who find a place wherever possible to get some sleep.

All images  ©Jonathan Alcorn 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Grim Rider

Check out this broken hearse riding piggyback on a tow truck on Sepulveda Bl yesterday

Friday, August 20, 2010

2nd Friday of Ramadan at Culver City's King Fahad Mosque

Today is the second Friday of Ramadan and I thought maybe there might be a good picture to be made over at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, California. After a few minutes shooting worshippers arriving outside, a very nice man named Aleem invited me inside to photograph the Friday midday service in the packed Mosque. Here are a few of the photos. "Assalaamu 'alaykum"

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Scenes From Malibu

I went to check out a 300 million dollar yacht owned by Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko that has been hanging around Malibu the past few days. While is was there, I also spotted a fabulous crescent moon sitting low and a kid attempting to fish off the pier, but not having much luck with a tangled line. Capped off the evening with a celebratory meal with my friend and colleague Ted Soqui

Monday, August 9, 2010

9.5 Unemplyment Rate in July 2010

The other day I had another unemployment office assignment, it was hard not to feel for the folks at the office in Glendale. The July figures are 9.5 percent unemployed and 131,000 jobs lost in the month of July, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Thursday, August 5, 2010

June Gloom in August

This is what the prolonged summer of SoCal "June Gloom"mornings looks like from above the clouds, looking towards the Santa Ana mountains from somewhere between Catalina and Long Beach. I was in the air for Angel City Flyers to photograph the jet they are soon to be offering flying lessons aboard. And we also flew over this "mixed use" neighborhood as we flew back to Long Beach Airport.