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College mascot battle, leaf blower kerfuffle, L.A. lagging in crazy rankings [Updated]

March 12, 2010 | 11:06 am

The Orange County Register has a fun video report from the Mascot Mayhem contest in Anaheim. Mascots, marching bands, and cheerleaders from Big West Conference schools gathered to compete for the top spot in the conference – earning a trophy and bragging rights. Spoiler alert: Cal State Northridge's Matty the Matador won.

See the embedded video, or find it here.

Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:

Leaf blower drama: A 1998 Los Angeles ordinance bans the use of gas leaf blowers near homes, but some residents are complaining that the loud contraptions are making a resurgence. The Eastsider LA reports:

"But what are residents to do since not many expect the city to devote more resources to police the illegal blowers? One person suggested a public shaming of residents whose gardeners use the illegal blowers and another proposed offering rebates to purchase electric powered machines."

[Corrected at 6:30 p.m. March 12: A previous version of this post incorrectly reported that it was a Silver Lake ordinance that banned the use of gas leaf blowers near homes.

How crazy is L.A.? The Daily Beast has ranked the nation's craziest cities, and Los Angeles comes in at number 27 – but we were ranked No. 5 for eccentricity. Here is an excerpt:

Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York all put in solid top ten showings. The least offbeat city should raise some eyebrows. And the one that falls furthest south of normal? Here's a hint: it's a bit north (and east) of Austin and better known for chili than crazy.

City Year accounts: Good Magazine is publishing firsthand accounts of what it's like to work for City Year in Los Angeles. Here is an excerpt:

An alarm sounds loudly in my ear. I groan as I blindly fumble to turn off my phone. I wonder if it is really morning already. I was up late writing a lesson plan, and I feel as if my eyes only closed for an instant.

-- Anthony Pesce

Have some news for Linking L.A.? Contact Times reporter Anthony Pesce.

Video: The Orange County Register