Around LA Observed today

On gun violence, signs of life in the economy, Boyarsky on redevelopment and schools, and the return of Angeleno Datebook.

  • The return of Angeleno Notebook by Adrienne Crew, after an end-of-year hiatus. First up: Colin Firth, Paul Haggis and awards ceremonies for the American Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Native Intelligence
  • Jenny Price, not inured to gun violence, says of American reaction to Tucson: "How dare we be shocked every time this happens." Native Intelligence
  • If redevelopment agencies were eliminated, as Governor Jerry Brown has proposed, California‚Äôs public schools would receive an extra $1 billion a year. Bill Boyarsky
  • Back to normal: the three big van lines - United, Atlas and Allied - say that California had more inbound moves in 2010 than departures. LA Biz Observed
  • More evidence of the economy picking up: Port of Los Angeles traffic rose 16 percent in 2010, helped by a record number of exports. LABO
  • Have I mentioned I'm selling my house? Veronique de Turenne
  • Strange but true: A fig tree growing inside of a Canary Island date palm. Jenny Burman
  • In Guns We Trust. LA Sketchbook
  • Polar Bears in San Pedro. Take My Picture Gary Leonard
  • Derby Dolls. Iris Schneider

Plus if you missed it: Denise Hamilton on the Grim-Lit serial killer that struck the Mystery Bookstore in Westwood Village.

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