Native Intelligence

Observations on Los Angeles and beyond by LA Observed authors and occasional guests

Documenting Kenya and The Samburu Project

jongoy-iris-schneider.jpg For many years I had searched for a way to go to Africa with an organization that was improving the lives of women.

New County Board of Supervisors

LAO_CountySupervisors.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon

LAO_PinkLady.jpg Steve Seemayer with the original artwork used by his mother, Lynne Seemayer, to paint the Pink Lady over the Malibu Canyon tunnel in 1966.

Taking a walk in desert canyon country

Dead-Indian-Canyon-desert-l.jpg After the rain, the desert awakens with quiet beauty.

Day before Thanksgiving meal

LAO_ThanksgivingLA_Mission.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

It is happening here

itcanthappenhere-wire.jpg The angry workers...the anxious middle class...the jittery rich...the discontented military--Senator "Buzz" Windrip brought them all together with his combination of...

Site of Pandora's Box

TMPGL-riotonsunset.jpg The 50th anniversary of the Riot on the Sunset Strip is commemorated.

People of Saturday's DTLA Trump protest

Josiah-Oballes-Jimmy-640-ir.jpg Saturday was the biggest day yet of Los Angeles protests against the dangerous rhetoric used by candidate Donald Trump, now the president-elect.

Mahler's spell plus Bell, Forsythe and Gheorghiu

forsythe-ballet-sfballet.jpg Donna Perlmutter celebrates the fall season in LA classical music and arts.

Figueroa Street

tmpgl-figueroa-street.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

Faith in the electoral system

St. Margaret's election day sign2 11-8-16 - Copy.JPG Church, meet state on election day 2016.

Telenovelas and Trumpery

destiny-of-desire-ds.jpg The telenovela genre embraces the theater in "Destiny of Desire," Karen Zacarias' wildly funny play at South Coast Repertory.

Garcetti and Measure M

LAO_MeasureM_Garcetti.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Reading the signs beyond the liberal bubble

crooked-hillary-rascon.jpg Just how much of a "left coast" bubble is Los Angeles? Molly Selvin is volunteering for Clinton in North Carolina.

When Ring Lardner covered the Cubs

Ramiro-Gomez-watches-cubs.jpg He put poetry in the players' mouths, invented feuds and covered baseball in a manner never attempted before and never dared since.

The Times whiffs on the World Series

The notable lack of a columnist writing from the World Series makes you wonder -- again -- about the lack of judgment at the Los Angeles Times.

Día de Muertos

day-of-the-dead-2016-jg.jpg Day of the dead masks on Sunday on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Silver Lake Conservatory of Music

LAO_SMC_ribboncutting.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

For Ernie, and for Harry and Mike and Studs

ernie-banks-tight.jpg Former Chicago columnist Ron Rapoport sees a tinge of sadness among Cubs fans as the reality sinks in.

Garcetti on skateboard

LAO_Garcetti_Skateboard.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

Urban myths of the Los Angeles Times

times-sniff-test-crop-800.jpg In my 40 years at the L.A. Times, I heard stories. Some were true.

Class is in session: nighttime Los Angeles

students-bigpit-iris.jpg Mike Woo, the dean of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design, played tour guide for 50 students to explore LA by night.

The Smoke House

LAO_SmokeHouse.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.
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Code 7 in Sherman Oaks
Cde7-shermanaks.jpgHow about a little LA crime history with your meal. Backstory
Neon treasures of LA
mna-derb.jpgThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
la-river-islands-vernon.jpgThe Los Angeles River looking upstream from East 26th Street in the city of Vernon.
Behind the Orpheum
back-of-orpheum-up.jpgThe view from Spring Street in downtown LA.
Mojave mannequins
hiway14-mannequins.jpgA splash of color beside Highway 14 in Mojave.
Parker Center palms
parker-center-palms.jpgIt's hard to take a photo in this town without a palm tree showing up. Bigger
Donald Trump piñatas
trump-pinatas-dtla.jpgTrump is a staple in the piñata district. Larger
Franklin Village
daily-planet-close.jpgThe Daily Planet on Franklin Avenue.
Graduation photo day
csula-grads-lacma.jpgCal State LA graduates pose at Urban Light.
ET-94 comes home
fuel-tank-land-gl.jpgET-94 arrives in LA and Gary Leonard was there.
i-give-a-fck-santafe.jpgSanta Fe Avenue, downtown Arts District.
Face painting
face-painting-cookie.jpgA Sunday afternoon in the downtown piñata district. Bigger
Rooftop pool
eastern-columbia-pool.jpgDowntown's Eastern Columbia building.
Images of the refugees
father-daughter-reach-lesbos-stoddart.jpgA father celebrates his family's safe landing in Lesbos, Greece.
Mellow DTLA Sunday
hauser-wirth-courtyard.jpgLate afternoon in the courtyard at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel.
Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
Outlander hits Beverly Hills
outlander-fans-jg.jpgInside the eye of the storm with Jamie and Claire.
Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
Death Valley gets all flowery
death-valley-flowers-grace.jpgGrace Peng's daughter wonders, is it Death Valley or Spring's Meadows? Native Intelligence
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
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