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Alex Padilla is among the Porter Ranch dislocated

padilla-news-conf.jpg California's Secretary of State put his family in a Burbank hotel about six weeks ago.

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

travelersbooks.jpg The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

A more humane homeless approach?

bill-300.jpg When I talked to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, I got the feeling that the city may be moving away from its punitive approach to homelessness and toward something more humane and practical.

Garcetti names Wendy Greuel to homeless commission

greuel-clinton-langers-gary.jpg Wendy Greuel with Bill Clinton at Langer's Deli during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Photo: Gary Leonard. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel were City Hall allies, and I believe friends, before...

LA's river homeless in the New Yorker

homeless-lacty-photo.jpg When the first storms thrown our way by El Niño were bearing down last week, the Los Angeles-based staff writer for the New Yorker, Dana Goodyear, went out and gave...

Yaroslavsky says there's no quick fix for homeless

homeless-virgil-avenue-crop.jpg “No one should expect the problem to be solved overnight,” cautioned former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky when I asked him about the latest and most promising aid proposal.

SpaceX launches - and lands - a rocket

spacex-landing.jpg On the third try, SpaceX brings back the Falcon 9 and lands it on a pad at Cape Canaveral. Video inside.

Bel-Air Camera in Westwood to close before Christmas

bel-air-camera-camera.jpg The family-owned store that opened in 1957 was sold just five months ago. Lots of other changes coming to Westwood Village soon.

LA still leads the U.S. in manufacturing jobs

crinkling-jeans-npr.jpg NPR series looks at aerospace jobs and the garment industry.

Final flight of LB's C-17 Globemaster

c17-final-flight.jpg The last military transport to be made in Long Beach flew off Sunday, symbolically ending the era of aircraft manufacturing here.

LA Times printing plant land put up for sale

latimes-olympicplant.jpg Chicago's Tribune Media wants to cash in on the hot real estate market in downtown Los Angeles.

LA CAO Santana and the complexities of homelessness

bill-300.jpg “Homelessness is a problem that involves thousands of people and requires a massive response but at the end of the day it’s really about one person at a time,“ said Miguel Santana, Los Angeles’ city administrative officer.

Amazon opening a real bookstore today in Seattle

amazon-books-store.jpg Twenty years later, Amazon has decided what it really needs is a physical, brick and mortar retail store to sell books.
miguel-santana-ladtn.jpg He is a bean counter "actually worth writing about" and the point man in City Hall on the homeless issue, says the Downtown News.

Computer science now the top major for women at Stanford

stanford-students-file.jpg In the heart of Silicon Valley, a milestone has been reached. Plus more progress at Harvey Mudd.

Hunting the water guzzlers of Bel Air

moraga-vineyard.jpg The Center for Investigative Reporting got the story rolling. Now Steve Lopez is on the case.

Dorothea Lange photos of LA poverty in 1936

dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpg A month before shooting her famous migrant mother, Lange documented the "Mexican quarter" before it was razed for downtown's Union Station.

BuzzFeed walks away from Arts District move

ford-factory-shorenstein.jpg The web operation is still looking for the right LA headquarters, but for now BuzzFeed Motion Pictures is moving to Siren Studios.

Soon-Shiong also now interested in buying LA Times

soon-shiong-forbes.jpg Report is that LA's richest person is "seriously considering" a bid but has not contacted Tribune. Not that the Times is even for sale.

Union Rescue Mission CEO loses use of legs to infections

andy-bales-aron.jpg Andy Bales caught the trifecta of Skid Row infections — E. coli, strep and staph — and now uses a wheelchair. "Conditions on Skid Row are worse than they have ever been…"

Why LA missed the new economy

storper.jpg The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, should be required reading for people who consider themselves leaders in Los Angeles.

LA's last real estate trophy?

Last_Real_Estate_Trophy_thr.jpg "This is as good as it gets," says real estate broker Jeff Hyland: 157 acres on the ridge line above Beverly Hills.

KCRW launches series on Skid Row

KCRW_Stephanie.jpg For some, "the area can be a way station to a better place. For others, it’s a place where survival means community, drugs, and a regular spot on the street."

RV encampment on Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood

rv-nh-12.jpg The blogger at Here in Van Nuys visited with some of the homeless parked in 15 vans, campers and RVs at North Hollywood Park.

Uber gets almost-green light to pick up at LAX

LAX-terminal2-parking.jpg The City Council says OK but there are some official hurdles still to jump.

LA to give up Ontario Airport

ontario-airport-signs.jpg Reports are that Ontario will reimburse LA for its investment at the airport and settle a lawsuit alleging poor management.

Can LA County solve America's voting problem?

ballots-received-laco.jpg Los Angeles is getting credit for trying to fix the technology side of the old-fashioned and embarrassing way that the U.S. conducts elections.

Hector Tobar: LA's inequality hard to ignore anymore

homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg Los Angeles is becoming a metropolis of the developing world, the New York Times columnist argues.



Mark Lacter and LA Biz Observed
Mark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006 and posted until his death on Nov. 13, 2013. His 10,000-plus posts are archived here.
Death Valley gets all flowery
death-valley-flowers-grace.jpgGrace Peng's daughter wonders, is it Death Valley or Spring's Meadows? Native Intelligence
Streetscape
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
Streetscape
port-berth60-325.jpgPort of Los Angeles.
LA's ghost streets
la-ghost-streets.jpgWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Gone but not forgotten
garment-and-citizen-sign.jpgA presence of the late downtown newspaper the Garment & Citizen remains on a Spring Street wall.
Colors of the season
farmers-market-vegs-vdt.jpgThe day before Thanksgiving. Veronique de Turenne
PCH blue
pch-north-vdt.jpg Not a bad commute. Veronique de Turenne
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Spring Street streetscape
food-for-dogs.jpgFirst Whole Foods arrives downtown. Now health food for dogs.
Rain Room
rain-room-iris.jpgMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
Streetscape
mannequin-heads-jg.jpgLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of Cities
foc-cocktails.jpgAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Fishing the pier
sm-pier-fishing.jpgSanta Monica Pier.
Chuck Berry and the Stones
rollingstones-hagg.jpgOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Dorothea Lange's LA photos
dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpgDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Father and daughter
garcetti-with-maya.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter, Maya, at Gary Leonard's gallery.
Republicans for Voldemort
republicans-voldemort-vdt.jpgSpotted near the Malibu civic center. Veronique de Turenne
Visiting mom at Clifton's
cliftons-workers-rr.jpg Visiting mom's ashes, that is.
Neutra and Schindler
neutra-schindler-ucsb.jpgPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'
grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpgGrace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.