Snoop Dogg joins campaign to legalize marijuana in California
NO OCTOBER SURPRISE: We knew this was coming. Snoop Dogg now has a video out backing the effort to legalize marijuana in California. Prop. 19 is behind in the polls, so we'll see whether the rapper can turn things around. The Times' John Hoeffel reports on some other strange Prop. 19 ads.
HISTORIC LOOK AT WESTSIDE SUBWAY ROUTE: L.A. Observed offers a historic and geographical guide to the new Westside subway route, including the sprawling VA facility on Wilshire Boulevard. "Dating to the 1880s arrival of Civil War veterans looking for a warm place to live out their years, it's got one of the more interesting backstories of any place in or around the city limits. Newspaper datelines used to refer to it as Soldier's Home, Calif."
LEAF BLOWERS ARE BAD FOR YOU: Santa Monica this week began a new crackdown on leaf blowers. "Beyond the noise and the annoyance, leaf blowers pose multiple health risks to the community and the operator," said Dean Kubani, director of City Hall's Office of Sustainability and the Environment told the Santa Monica Daily Press. "These devices are so inefficient they emit more pollution than a car and blow a mix of fine particles into the air we breathe. Our education-driven enforcement plan should make Santa Monica a little healthier as well as quieter."
NOT DOG FRIENDLY? Seal Beach seems so laid back. But it's got some tough rules when it comes to where dogs can be, according to the Orange County Register.
HOLY NEON: The story behind the 'Jesus Saves' neon sign in downtown L.A. (Blog Downtown).
MYSTERY SOLVED: There has been much debate on the Internet in recent days over a clip from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie that appears to show a woman talking on a cellphone. Curbed L.A. reports that the Christian Science Monitor might have an answer. It appears to be an ear trumpet, not a phone.
-- Shelby Grad