There was a small exodus to Los Angeles when I graduated from college in 2008. I was the first to make the move, a relocation that I had been planning on since I was roughly a freshman in high school and had been talking up since I set foot onto a college campus. “I can’t wait to graduate,” I’d tell friends. “I’ll be moving to Los Angeles.” The city–in my mind–was tied to entertainment and couldn’t be separated from that idea of Hollywood and “The Industry,” all concepts perpetuated by popular media and everything from Saved By The Bell to Entourage. My handful of friends felt the same too as all of us theatre students moved out here with the intent of fulfilling some sort of Hollywood dream.
It’s almost here: time to vote for the new Los Angeles Mayor! It’s between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel and, by now, we have all been shamed enough for our flakiness that we are hyper aware of voting. The big day is May 21 and the two potential mayoral Gs sparred this past Tuesday in a debate hosted by KCRW and Zócalo Public Square. The debate is streaming online and, since yesterday was Food Day Wednesday on LAIY, we wanted to share what they had to say and give you a little breakdown of what we thought.
A few days ago I was doing something and had this strange realization for the first time that I am some abnormal Angeleno who obsesses over this city and who has dedicated so much time and energy to it that I’m not just any other person who lives here: I’m like a super citizen of this city. You’d think running a website called “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” would automatically implant this idea into your brain but, really, it has not: it’s only now sinking in that myself–and the LAIY contributors–are huge fanatics of this city. It’s bizarre but not everyone sees this city as an glass-is-half-full-of-rainbows-and-sunshine kind of place: not everyone loves to be here. Weird!
In an attempt to pin down how we feel toward this city, we thought it would be fun to do a quiz or something to help us all see what kind of LA person we are. Are we a superfan of the city? Are we just a regular someone? Do we not even live here? We hope to help you figure that out with our “What Type Of Angeleno Are You?” quiz!
Steve Chiotakis may be the nicest guy in Los Angeles. He’s lighthearted, he’s funny, and he seems to be in a perpetual state of happiness. He has a bright smile and one of those voices that you know you’ve heard before. You probably have, too: Steve is currently one of KCRW’s news anchors.
He’s fairly new to the position, too: he’s only been at the iconic Los Angeles station for a little over a year. Previously, he was on the Marketplace Morning Report where it was his job to handle (and lighten) serious international financial stories like the late aughts recession and the current state of the stock market. That job is what brought Steve to Los Angeles, too.