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Los Angeles Wants a Registry of How Much Rent Everyone is Supposed to Be Paying

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Image via Cole Martin / Curbed LA flickr pool “Hundreds” of renters who live in rent-controlled apartments are subject to illegal rent increases each year, but a new city program in the works looks to significantly cut those numbers down. An LA City Council committee is discussing today a new registry that would require landlords to report how much rent […]

Developer: This $500-Million Bel Air Spec House Is Actually a Really Good Deal

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A notorious, 100,000-square-foot, $500-million spec mansion being built right now in Bel Air has become a symbol of the madness of the luxury real estate market in Los Angeles, but developer Nile Niami (who’s got quite a few extravagant spec mansions under his belt) “believes the property is not really so expensive when you think […]

At Last, Tesla Unveils its $3K Batteries for Powering the Home

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All photos via The Verge Tesla, the company so far famous for electric cars, is trying to conquer much, much more. Last night, CEO Elon Musk finallylifted the curtains off Tesla Energy, its long-anticipated battery system for powering homes, businesses, and potentially public utilities. The product aimed at average homeowners is thePowerwall, a shield-like pack that measures […]

Beverly Hills Residents Might Have to Stop Refilling Their Pools and Ponds!

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[Image via Michael Locke / Curbed LA flickr pool] The (revised) statewide drought restrictions are hitting everyone hard, but especially cities singled out for excessive water use, like Beverly Hills. BH was told they’d have to reduce their water consumption by 36 percent or face heavy fines from the state, and the LA Times reports that they might be adopting some drastic measures to meet […]

Looking Back at the California Incline Before It Disappears

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Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Beginning Monday, the California Incline—the road/bridge that leads from PCH up to Ocean and California avenues in Santa Monica —will close for about a year so that it can be demolished, and so a new, seismically safer version of the structure can be built in the same spot. (The current Incline was built […]

Beverly Hills Schools Could Collapse and the School Board Just Voted Not to Fix Them

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Fourteen buildings across the five campuses of the Beverly Hills Unified School District are “subject to potential collapse” in an earthquake as small as a 3.5, according to a state report. BHUSD technically has most of the money it needs to update the schools, but last night the school board voted against using it; they also voted to immediately close three of […]

Beverly Hills is Driving Tourists Off Rodeo and Into The Grove

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[Image via Prayitno / Creative Commons] Beverly Hills businessowners might be one of the few segments of Angelenos that actually want tour buses to come around; the rest of BH it seems is not so keen on them, taking steps that don’t outright ban them on the streets in the city’s fancy retail core, but that do push them out. […]

{Spring Gardening} in Los Angeles

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The spring garden tour season is flush with events, ranging from the exploration of private gardens to neighborhood walks. Although a majority of the events are in April, the season officially kicks off with next weekend’s Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. What follows is a selection of seasonal offerings. Be sure to check organizers’ […]