City Hall

Garcettis out of state on vacation again

garcetti-wakeland-doting-gary.jpg The City Council returned this week from a summer recess, but the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti informed the media that "Mayor Garcetti will be traveling with his family out of the state from July 25 until August 4."
 
Books
capote-smith-corona.jpg Capote purchased the Smith-Corona electric here in 1970 and kept it in his writing room at the Bel Air home of close friend Joanne Carson. It was used for Capote's last three books.
 
History
1984-opening-ceremony.jpg During the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, a dramatic moment came when 84 grand pianos appeared in the peristyle of the Coliseum and began to play George Gershwin.
 
Media
lat-drinking-water-pearce.jpg LA Times staffers are restless about halted delivery of bottled water in the newsroom. Plus a veteran NPR voice dies, a SoCal media voice gets married, and more on Mission & State.
 
Sports

Judge rejects Donald Sterling on all points

sterling-roggin.jpg Shelly Sterling is close to receiving the go-ahead on her sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.
 
Place

Historian of the Valley hangs up his tour shoes

fernand-vncityhall.jpg Richard Hilton guided his final walking tour of old Van Nuys on Saturday -- so I just had to go along.
 
Television

NBC4 wins the most local Emmys

emmys-66-logo.jpg NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.
Weather
venice-lightnining-nbc4.jpg Lightning strikes at the water line are very rare here. Which is fortunate, because they are scary.
Christensen and Gold

'Chinatown' revisited

chinatown1.jpg Our modern water systems have made it not only possible, but virtually inevitable, that we should forget where our water comes from and the responsibilities it carries. Myth and art may be our best ways back into that understanding.
Media people
joe-flint-twitter.jpg Flint will be based in the LA bureau of the Journal. He covered media for the WSJ for seven years before joining the Times.
Al Martinez on Everything Else

The silence of the bells

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-photo.jpg A judge's ruling that declares capital punishment unconstitutional in California causes Martinez to wonder if we are beginning to weary of the savagery and he hopes for the dawning of a new day of compassion.

Streetscape: Sylmar ranchette
rancho-temblor-sylmar.jpgThey still invoke 1971 at one Sylmar ranch. LAO photo.
Century Crunch goes well
century-crunch-metro.jpgMetro said Sunday night that Century Boulevard near LAX should reopen before Monday's scheduled 6 a.m. time. The bridge demolition has gone smoothly. Click to see bigger.
Awesome video over downtown
quadcopter-dtla-easterncol.jpgEvery familiar building, landmark, roofline and mural, photographed via quadcopter by Ian Wood. Watch
Streetscape: Under the 405
under-405-parthenia.jpg Homeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. LA Observed photo
LAO__mayor_banc copy.jpgTake My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed. See bigger
Big Tomy's
big-tomys-sawtelle-pico.jpg Corner of Sawtelle and Pico, near the Sawtelle district in West LA. Click to enlarge. LAO photo
Freeway art
yarnell-sign-210.jpg Under the 210 freeway in Sylmar. Click to enlarge. LAO photo.
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DTLA strand
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Blue on blue
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Mazursky's table at Farmers Market
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Eastern Sierra
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New girl in town
janie-taylor-sitting-iris.jpgJanie Taylor retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet this year and moved to Los Angeles. Native Intelligence
Route 66 at the Autry
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Oral history of The Palomino
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