Cyclists fear new law will mean less punishment for bike thieves
BICYCLE THIEF: Streetsblog Los Angeles looks at how some of the new year's new laws will affect urban movement. First up: The value threshold for grand theft charges must now be at least $950 (previously $400), meaning that bicycle thieves could face fewer penalties for stealing:
Under the new law, the value of a stolen item must exceed $950 for the act to be considered "grand theft" under state law. The previous threshold was $400. Basically, this means that the penalty for stealing many bikes just got a lot lower. The odds of a thief seeing any jail time for "petty theft" is almost none, and the fines are a lot lower.
A second side effect could be that cyclists who have their bikes stolen could have a harder time getting the police to file a report or help with recovery if the crime falls in to the "petty theft" category.
CHINA CITY: Once upon a time in Los Angeles, there was China City, a Hollywood version of Chinatown built from the reconstructed set pieces of 1937 film "The Good Earth." (KCET Departures)
BLACK L.A. TODAY: The Root takes a look at black power and money in L.A. The article starts at a familiar spot:
Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n' Waffles, the landmark soul food eatery tucked in a dreary lot at the northern extremity of L.A.'s 10th City Council District, is a popular gathering place for the hip and the hungry. Slumming celebrities, multimillionaire athletes and just plain folks mingle among the tourists and the curious at the Southern-style diner, opened in the mid-1970s by transplanted Harlem restaurateur Herb Hudson. From morning until way past midnight, Roscoe's clientele is a testament to five-term Mayor Tom Bradley's dream of an international city, apparently come true.
MAP QUEST: A blogger for Amoeba Records -- California's favorite guardian of all things analog -- is hand-drawing maps of L.A. and O.C. communities and neighborhoods. (via LAist)
UNLEASHED: West Hollywood is getting an off-leash dog area in Plummer Park, reports Melrose Village Blog.
-- Soo Oh