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KTLA anchor Hal Fishman dead at 75
By Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
7:55 AM PDT, August 7, 2007

Hal Fishman, the multi-award-winning KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor who was a Los Angeles broadcasting fixture for nearly 50 years, died today, the station announced this morning. He was 75.

Damn. I hardly ever watch the news, but that guy's like always been there.

Crazy. What a pisser.

LA Times article

KTLA tribute

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I just passed a tourist on the street trying to flag a cab.

Unless it's 2 am (when the bars close) or you're in front of a hotel, that rarely works here.

You (usually) need to call a cab.

This isn't Manhattan, and they don't just drive around for shits and giggles!

If you're in W Hollywood, call Beverly Hills Cab @ (310) 273-6611. Write it on your arm or something. They're super quick. BUT, you need to have an address. Telling them to meet at the corner of x and y usually won't fly. They want an address.

Remember the info you gave them, because they may quiz you when they show up (people will steal your cab). The BH cabs are so awesome they generally check to see if you are whom they're supposed to be picking up.

If for some reason Bev Hills Cab doesn't work, backup is: Yellow Cab... (877) 733-3305.

Anywho... that's my good deed for the day. Write the shit down. Live it; love it; drink it.


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Over the past couple of months, I've been inundated with flyers from every city councilperson running for office. Seriously, I think I've gotten 5 from each and every one of them a day, some of them telling me how they're going to fight for environmental concerns and recycling on their pretty, bleached card stock in full color ink. These bitches get nasty too. I mean, the "Don't vote for him. He clubs baby seals!" might have crossed a line.

Thing is, the City of West Hollywood, with a population of ~37,000, it's about the size of my school; and the elections feel just like Associated Students elections only for real life. I had no clue who I was voting for on those elections either!

The campaign promises read eerily similar too: "Vote for me A.S. Treasurer, and I'll end the war in Iraq!" I always wondered if I'd turn on the news and hear:
"In other news today, the President decided to withdraw the troops from the Middle East today, citing a strongly-worded letter he received from the Associated Students Treasurer at San Diego State...."

I always wondered what those elections prepared them for. Now I know they go on to be City of West Hollywood City Council members.

I do still miss voting on City of L.A. issues—at least the elections felt bigger than you. Although we have a great city (the governmental response to most things is actually mind blowing), it's just so tiny in comparison.


I really do want to make the right choices here, but so far, as far as I think I've gotten is I've ruled out two people: I'm not going to vote for Sal Guarriello. My reasoning is questionable though. I saw his campaign sign up in the window of the cigarette shop down the street yesterday (this is why I don't vote absentee). That's probably not really a good way to choose a candidate, but being I'm for curbing public cigarette smoking in pretty much any and all ways possible, their endorsement kind of puts him in the negative column.

I'm also not going to vote for Steve Martin. I still remember him at a Matthew Shepard memorial the day after he'd passed away, using it as a pulpit on which to politically grandstand. It felt so horribly inappropriate and ill timed that I've not forgotten it.

There seems to be a pro-development v. anti-development feel to the people running, so I don't think I'll vote for either slate. Get them both in so they can maybe find a balance. I'm generally in favor of development, but no one seems to do anything about traffic when it happens (reference, "C'mon... how could putting a Target on La Brea and Santa Monica Blvd possibly hurt traffic?")

Maybe I'll vote for Abbe Land (I like her face); John Heilman (seems to be doing a good job as the current mayor); and maybe even Patricia Nell Warren. Her idea of universal health care at the city level is just batshit insane (city health care?). But, hey, sometimes batshit insane is just fun. Plus, she's just so damned cute.

Now, even if I miss out on the important L.A. city things, I still get to vote on county issues and initiatives. So now, I just need to figure out who to vote for for Member of the Board of Trustees Los Angeles Community College District Office 5. I think I've narrowed it to Roy Burns or Georgia Mercer. Although... Hanna Hajjar does promise to eliminate government waste. I think I hate government waste!

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i'll drive to the snow when i want motherfucking snow. no one called pinkdot and said we wanted snow delivery.

first thunder, then a sudden rain storm, then hail. Now... snow.

snow wtf

It motherfucking snowed in motherfucking Zuma.

Reports of snow flurries at UCLA and at the Ralph's, like 2 minutes away from the office.

this shit better have melted cuz my ass has to drive home. ENOUGH WITH THE COLD ALREADY! it's played. tired. over. done. SCENE!

stop it! now someone warm this bitch back up above 60 so i can go outside without my nipples cutting through my shirt.



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