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Nobody Walks in LA

One thing that I have never understood about Los Angeles is the lack of public transportation. After living in Europe and traveling to a significant number of metropolis areas in the states, I could not wrap my head around why Los Angeles wasn't keeping up. Show More Summary

LA Stories: In Hollywood's Heart, IgnitedSpaces Inspires like the Extraordinary Coworking Environments of Googleplex and TBWA's "Ad City"

"Getting inspired is one thing. Staying inspired and productive until your dreams have become a reality is a different challenge altogether. Where you work can change everything," says Matt Davis, co-founder of IgnitedSpaces, an innovative...Show More Summary

Roger Steffens: Reggae Encyclopedist and "Family Acid" Photographer

If you know anything about the world of reggae music, you know the name, Roger Steffens, the man who began the first radio broadcast of the "Reggae Beat" on KCRW (along with Hank Holmes) on Oct. 7, 1979. It was the only reggae show in...Show More Summary

Moving Los Angeles

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Riots, this piece is dedicated to the memory of those senselessly killed following the arrest and beating of an African American by the highway patrol. Though we have many miles to travel until this is a truly just city for all, we are a very different place than we were back then. Show More Summary

Banking the Unbanked: A Win-Win Proposition

I was elected to the California State Board of Equalization (SBOE) in November 2014 to represent nearly ten million constituents in twenty-three counties. The SBOE was created in 1879 by a Constitutional Amendment to "equalize" the 58...Show More Summary

Westwood is for Bikes Too

Dear Paul: LA City Councilman Paul Koretz that is. Say it ain't so! How sobering to read in the LA Times and The Daily Bruin that you now not only oppose bike lanes on Westwood Blvd but also want to strike the planned lanes from the City's Mobility Plan. Show More Summary

Westwood is for Bikes Too

Dear Paul: LA City Councilman Paul Koretz that is. Say it ain't so! How sobering to read in the LA Times and The Daily Bruin that you now not only oppose bike lanes on Westwood Blvd but also want to strike the planned lanes from the City's Mobility Plan. Show More Summary

Reflections on "Reflections Through Time": Meta-narratives in the Art of Ruth Weisberg

"I'm painting memory--the art becomes a vessel for my meanings," the Los Angeles Times quoted Ruth Weisberg in 2007. "Once you go down this path of being an artist, it's very difficult to comprehend people who don't have a place to put their meanings in life." Perhaps she offers her own art as a surrogate receptacle. Show More Summary

LA's 8 Best Vegan Restaurants That Would Make Bourdain Eat His Words

Chef, author and food celebrity Anthony Bourdain has been known to have his beefy opinions about vegans and vegetarians. He believes that "Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all...Show More Summary

Hope dwindles after father of missing California baby is killed in shootout

After the father of a missing 6-month-old girl was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, there is little hope investigators will find baby Ember Skye Graham and it's doubtful she is alive, the Shasta County sheriff said Monday.

LA Stories -- My "Stoop Kidz" Talk UFOs, "San Andreas" Rockin' the B.O., and that Real Big One!

Blogger (far left) and his stoop kidz - photo by Julia McCabe Okay, June's here, enough of this cooler than normal Spring, hello, it's LA, can we get with the program! On the weekend, I hung out with some peeps, my "kidz" and neighbors,...Show More Summary

John Oliver and Keinejad Jeans, Made in Los Angeles

Everyone knows the old joke: "What's a surefire way to make money in Las Vegas?" "Invest in the casinos!" Nonetheless, once a year for the past twenty years I meet my childhood friend Rob Lefko in Las Vegas for a weekend of high-powered...Show More Summary

Ocean Waters Off California Must Be Free of Drift Gillnets

Every year, hundreds of iconic marine animals -- think endangered sperm whales and massive leatherback sea turtles -- die an incredibly slow and unnecessary death: drowning in mile-long nets submerged 100 feet under the ocean's surface. Show More Summary

10 Chris Burden Masterpieces

Much of the international art world was in shock over the death of artist Chris Burden, 69, on Sunday after a long bout with melanoma. Burden's career spanned six decades and, in an era of specialization, covered many genres of art, some of which he helped to define. Show More Summary

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues. Last year, Las Cafeteras, an Afro-Mexican inspired band dedicated to community issues released a politically charged cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" on Independence Day. Show More Summary

CultureZohn: Dance in Los Angeles Adds Luster With Colburn School Dance Academy

Photograph of Colburn School Academy Dancers in rehearsal by James Fayette Los Angeles, generally decried as the most impoverished of ballet (and dance) cities, has in the recent years become truly rich with famous, mostly ex-New York City Ballet dancers. Show More Summary

"Water Works II": A Continuation

Water is a precious commodity...now more than ever. According to a recent LA Times article, the Drought Monitor shows that California has been consistently dry since 2011. With mandatory water restrictions here in Southern California,...Show More Summary

A Transit App for Los Angeles

This is a true story. It's about the way many people get around Los Angeles and how more of us should navigate the City of Angels. Native Angelenos, new arrivals, older transplants like me, tourists and everyone in between. Last Friday night I was at my usual spot, waiting for the music to start and for my friends to arrive at Jazz at LACMA. Show More Summary

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Mark Guglielmo, Rapper, Artist, Photographer

Somewhat distracted and aimless when he was in high school, Guglielmo finally began to find himself when a friend gave him an early hip-hop LP -- which led him to start writing rhymes and recording his own music. Inspiration was found. Show More Summary

The Washington Dread and Denial Association Dinner

"Don't do it!" Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don't open that door at the top of the stairs. Don't get on that boat. Don't believe that president, general, journalist, preacher,...Show More Summary

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