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Chief Beck opens the investigation by saying Sunday's police killing downtown appears justified, while Skid Row residents are upset.
Just as the Expo Line will be arriving, Nordstrom will be relocating to a much bigger space a few miles east.
"While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside."
Journalist or team selected will spend a year reporting on LA's most vulnerable populations. Deadline to apply approaches. Radio experience not required.
All but three miles of the scenic coastal stretch between Yerba Buena Road in Malibu and Las Posas Road in Camarillo is now open.
The latest issue of LA Weekly takes an interesting approach to the hot topic.
"The future of California is tied to the future of the Latino community in California," he tells Los Angeles Magazine. "If we don't make capital available to people with ability...our country is poorer."
This time I guess it's a bargain: just $23 million, cut $4.5 million since 2013.
The house is mostly gone already. Architect Thom Mayne may be the owner.
Chicago is seeking a partner to turn the corner of 1st and Spring into some sort of big mixed-use project.
Joe Mathews writes that the airline that once made getting around the state so easy is becoming a big disappointment -- and making him rethink Gov. Brown's favorite rail project.
The next time you're stuck in traffic think about this: You're not just part of the problem. You're part of the solution. And not just for LA, but for the world!
A homeless encampment on Saturday on Virgil Avenue, beside the Hollywood Freeway in what the blue signs call Wilshire Center.
A new report concludes that LA "has among the slowest, most expensive internet services in the industrialized world."
One pilot was killed and another injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the desert north of the company's base at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Bloomberg Businessweek examines the latest influx of Chinese capital to transform a corner of the San Gabriel Valley.
Walt Mossberg, the former Wall Street Journal tech columnist now writing for the start-up Re/Code, sort of parodies the hype and sort of joins in outside the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto.
Silicon Valley "is one of the most amazing places on the planet," says Chris O'Brien on his way to three years in France.
There goes the view of the Jesus Saves neon sign and the rooftop panorama from the Ace Hotel.
Homeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.
Deon Joseph, a senior lead officer in the LAPD's Central Area, has had enough. Skid Row, where he has worked for 16 years, has "once again become an outdoor asylum without walls."
The Hot Property blog is back on the A-list at LA Times.com, with a new hire and a newsroom memo to explain it all.
The buyer is reportedly Anthony Gonzalez of the band M83. No sales price has been reported yet.
The New York Times' Fashion and Style section deems it an actual trend and pegs the coverage to Leo DiCaprio buying the old Dinah Shore estate.
The Cheviot Drive home where Ray Bradbury lived and wrote for 50 years has been listed for sale at $1.495 million. It's open on Sunday.
The U-2 was developed and built at Burbank Airport and played a major role in the Cold War. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the USSR in 1960 and swapped for a KGB spy, later died flying the KNBC news chopper.
Here's as sure a sign as any about the extent of the California snowfall drought.
Mark Lacter and LA Biz ObservedMark 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.
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Playa VistaThe hangar where Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose seaplane.
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Streetscape | Pico-Robertson
Sidewalk art on Pico Boulevard, attributed to street artist Thrashbird.