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.
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Los Angeles is becoming a metropolis of the developing world, the New York Times columnist argues.
On the eve of his second anniversary in office, the mayor faces a test on the homeless issue. He changed his tune last night on Warren Olney's show.
Stanley is shifting to a newly created beat that will be part of the NYT's gathering coverage of income inequality in the U.S.
"We know a lot about the 25 million people who visit BuzzFeed News each month," says the site. "We know young people are into news."
He bought MGM three times, owned Las Vegas hotels and at times was the richest man in Los Angeles.
Henry Weinstein is traveling in Vietnam and ran into the one LA media person you might hope to see in Hanoi.
One of Hollywood's most visible landmarks is the site of a proposed mega-project.
Take that, haters. Alba really is more than a pretty face and the Internet's favorite bikini body.
Looks as if the Hyperloop engineers have made themselves at home in the Arts District.
Units that are really just vacation rental businesses will no longer be allowed to take in paying guests unless the resident is there too.
The Survey Monkey chief executive who reportedly died outside the U.S. while on vacation with his wife -- no details have been released -- was a pioneer in bringing digital music to the Internet.
Désirée van Hoek says people ask why "a relatively wealthy, white girl from Amsterdam" spends her summers in LA taking photos of the poor and homeless.
Sunday on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Also: the sidewalk outside downtown's venerable California Club.
"Business, much like life, is not a movie and not everyone gets to have a story book ending," founder Om Malik posted.
Simon donated his fortune from "The Simpsons" to children, animals and other causes.
A year ago friends were saying the former mayor had no assets and was living in an apartment. Now he buys in the Hollywood Hills.
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.
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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InfrastructureExpo Line, Culver City.
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Homeless camp on PicoSidewalk encampment on Pico Boulevard in West LA. Photos
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