The Short Stack: The Los Angeles Week in Review, 1/26/15 – 1/30/15

A news and culture roundup made to order
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NEWS

It’s a Sign
Los Angeles magazine has launched a movement to bring way-finding signage to Glendale’s Verdugo Mountains, thanks to the launch of a Crowdrise campaign. The Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation only needs $20,000 to install the markers, which will make the mountains’ 25 miles of biking and hiking trails much safer.

Heroes of History
While there are safeguards in place for preserving historic buildings in L.A. County cities such as Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena, structures in unincorporated areas lack specific protections. The County’s Board of Supervisors addressed that loophole this week by voting in favor of such safety measures.

Police Pursuit
First Waze angered Westsiders and Valley residents, now the ride-sharing app has incurred the wrath of the police, including LAPD chief Charlie Beck. The top cop wants Google, the owner of Waze, to shut off its officer-tracking feature, which they claim helps criminals evade capture and puts law enforcement in jeopardy. For now, Google and Waze aren’t budging.

Anticlimactic
The Lakers’ biggest star, Kobe Bryant, hasn’t been able to finish the last three seasons thanks to various injuries. His latest, a torn rotator cuff, will keep him out of Staples for nine months. This is a less than auspicious way to close out the final year of his contract, but it’s really just a blip in a long, rich legacy.

CULTURE

As Our DVD Player Gently Weeps
After surviving Blockbuster and putting up a good fight against Netflix, Santa Monica’s beloved Vidiots announced it’s shuttering in April. There’s still a chance a benefactor could save the video store, but even if that doesn’t happen, plenty of area DVD/video outlets are hanging in there.

It’s Always Sunny in L.A.
The Sundance Film Festival wraps this weekend, but already several films exploring life in our cit- have screened. The movies include everything from upper-middle-class Seattle-ites exploring Los Angeles to Hollywood prostitutes to drug wars in Inglewood. Decide for yourself whether they deserve distribution.

The Power of Three
Rihanna has a new single out, and it has nothing to do with partying or sadomasochism. “FourFiveSeconds” is a collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and, surprisingly, Sir Paul McCartney; the thoughtful track hopefully augurs a more serious direction for the multifaceted singer.

Teen Spirit
We’re loving the new “Obvious Collection” from the eco-friendly fashion house Reformation. With a nod to ’90s L.A. style, designer Yael Aflalo has created a fun, affordable line of bodysuits, grunge dresses, and faux-fur coats.

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