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Reinventing the Mamba

When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close. His points, assists, and rebounds numbers are his lowest since his second year in the league (if we discount his six-game run two years ago). Show More Summary

Valencia woman claims brutality by Carlsbad police in incident caught on video

A 43-year-old Valencia woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Carlsbad Police Department, asserting she was beaten by officers in retaliation for reporting that one officer had used foul language. Central to the lawsuit is a video (Warning: Video contains objectionable language) taken...

Hector Tobar: ‘Deep Down Dark’

Hector Tobar, with Carolina Miranda of The Times, discusses “Deep Down Dark” at the Last Bookstore, photo courtesy of the Last Bookstore. We stopped by  the Last Bookstore last night to hear our old friend and former colleague Hector Tobar … Continue reading ?

Move On Delivers Iran Deal Petitions to "Undecided" Congressman Lieu

Participating in a Move On National Day of Action, constituents of Congressman Ted Lieu, D-Los Angeles, recently delivered to Lieu's LA office over 2,500 petition signatures in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. During a spirited...Show More Summary

Multiple Sclerosis vs. California's Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-Week Challenge No.15

"He was born with the gift of laughter, and the sense that the world was mad." -- Rafael Sabatini That opening line (from the novel Scaramouche) would seem to have been written for the comedic genius Richard Pryor. His life was almost...Show More Summary

Here's Kanye West's Epic VMAs Speech

MTV held their inaugural Video Music Awards ceremony in 1984, and since then their VMA stage has transformed into a venue for scripted drama and fake controversy. But Kanye West has always gone off-script, and tonight he delivered aShow More Summary

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

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