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El Niño storms erode Pacifica bluff as homes teeter on the edge

Apartment buildings lining a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacifica, Calif., are in peril after recent El Niño storms severely eroded the crumbling bluff. Video recorded from a drone posted on YouTube over the weekend shows several buildings on Esplanade Avenue teetering on the cliff’s edge...

There's a New Sherif in L.A.: Exciting EP Pays Homage to Great Lyricists like Dylan and Costello

Maybe, I get a chance to breathe Because fear is a suffocating thing And, maybe I get a chance to see Because love can be a very blinding thing --Sherif Serag: "Suffocating Thing" Singer/songwriter/musician Sherif Serag and I are sitting...Show More Summary

Hope for Harper: How a Little Girl With CDKL5 Epilepsy Helped Bring Medical Marijuana to Latin America

The story of my daughter Harper is that everybody's life, even if they have special needs, has a purpose. My daughter Harper Elle Howard was born on April 12, 2010, with a very rare, non-hereditary, life-threatening genetic disorderShow More Summary

2016 Rules of Gym Etiquette for Newbies and Salty Dogs

January means different things to different people. For some it's a long month with only one holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), for others it's about back to work or school after holiday bliss. But for some it's an even more dreaded month. Show More Summary

10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game Hosted By Floyd Mayweather

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game and Toy Drive, presented by Team Watson and TMT at the Calabasas High School Gymnasium. Hosted by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, the...Show More Summary

What Nathan Fielder and Don Draper Can Teach Us About the 'Empire'-Pepsi Deal

On Nov. 18, Empire aired the first of a three-episode arc that features Pepsi not just as product placement, but as a virtual guest star. Rising star Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) has entered into an endorsement deal with Pepsi and agrees to appear in an ad for the soft drink. Show More Summary

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

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