SoCal

The Reagan-Nixon line in SoCal baseball

reagan-nixon-line-nyt.jpg The New York Times data team used Facebook data to map the baseball team preferences of the country, focusing on those borders between fans loyal to one team or another. Kind of fascinating, despite the lame name.
 
Land

Former Robinsons in BH for sale again

Thumbnail image for robinsons-bh-hess.jpg The site at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard, just west of the Beverly Hilton hotel, would come fully approved for construction of a luxury condo project, says the LA Times.
 
Read the memo

LA Times loses another reporter to BuzzFeed

Thumbnail image for buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest staff writer to jump ship at the Los Angeles Times is Metro projects reporter Jessica Garrison. Read the farewell memo inside.
 
Books

BritWeek Interview: Anthony Russell

russell-final.jpg In honor of BritWeek, a festival of all things UK in LA, Native Intelligence interviews British residents of Los Angeles. Today, author and musician, Anthony Russell, discusses his memoir Outrageous Fortune and his favorite L.A. spots.
 
Read the memo

Times adds a veteran reporter in the Valley

Former national correspondent will double the allotment of Times staff to the Valley. Wonder if this move is Register related? Meanwhile, in Orange County the Register partners with a local startup newsroom.
 
History

Legendary Zanja Madre revealed in Chinatown dig

zanja-madre-william-bolling.jpg A portion of the "Mother Ditch" that supplied the pueblo of Los Angeles, later encased in brick, has been uncovered and will be removed.
 
LAO on KCRW

In praise of John Muir

tuolumne-meadows-lao-fb.jpg Today on the weekly KCRW segment they asked me to talk about John Muir. Can do!
Christensen and Gold

Yaroslavsky brings home a big victory for the Santa Monicas

Malibu Creek.jpg The county supervisor caps an impressive supervisorial career as a steward of the Santa Monicas with a new land use plan approved by the California Coastal Commission that will protect the land, wildlife, and aquatic resources of the range's coastal zone for decades to come.
Travel

Sign language

Mojave aster, Dante's View Death Valley 4-14 - Copy.JPG Sometimes, roadside attractions render the journey the destination
Don Shirley
rest-scr-shirley.jpg It might seem inconceivable that a spoiler is possible for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Broad Stage. Also "Rest" at SCR.
Here in Malibu

Look who stopped by for a drink

coyotes-in-the-santa-monica-mountains-vdt.jpg A pair of coyotes in the Santa Monica mountains this morning, looking for water, or maybe just looking around.
Hollywood

Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros. as chief flack

DeeDeeMyers-chair.jpg Myers' Clinton ties could be a factor if Hillary Clinton runs for president. Before she became the first female press secretary at the White House, Myers worked in LA City Hall.
Fauna
p22-april-2014-nps.jpg Remember those stunning photos of P-22 in National Geographic? "He doesn't look like that anymore," National Park Service researcher Seth Riley says now.

LAO__earthday.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed. Check out Gary's archive of photos.
Sentinel palm
sentinel-palm-wilshire.jpgWilshire Boulevard near the Hospital of the Good Samaritan. LA Observed photo.
666-Huge
huge-cotner.jpgCotner Avenue, West Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: Easter Sunday
catedral-de-la-fe-easter.jpgCatedral de la fe on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
Downtown LA from the air, 1955 vs 2014
la-from-air-1955.jpg Nathan Masters makes the visual comparison at Gizmodo's Southland blog.
"Floyd Collins" at La Mirada
FLOYD COLLINS-LA MIRADA-2.jpg One of the best midsize venues to watch professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, says Don Shirley. Native Intelligence
On the ballet legend Tanaquil Le Clercq
mTL0440-M-3.jpgMelissa Barak, the founder and artistic director of The Barak Ballet in Los Angeles, visits LA Observed to write about what she learned from the story of Le Clercq. Native Intelligence
mike-kelly2-iris.jpgIris Schneider checks out preview of the new show from the late Los Angeles artist. Native Intelligence
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