Native Intelligence

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

Arbitrage in the Grass

Stanley L turf terminators 600.jpg Turf Terminators will buy your lawn for the low cost of destroying it and replacing it on the cheap, sell the missing lawn at a higher cost for a public subsidy, then pocket the difference. You don't have to pay a thing. But there's no free lunch. And no free lawn removal.

Lakers, Angels have analytics allergy

Both the Lakers and Angels seem to be operating without a clue. The Lakers can't convince any top free agent to come to LA, while the Angels just had GM Jerry DiPoto resign after a feud with Mike Scioscia.

Noah Purifoy and Larry Sultan at LACMA

larry-sultan-mother-lacma.jpg What is the role of the artist in an imperfect world? Noah Purifoy, the son of sharecroppers in the South, seemed to have it right.

The Mighty Echos

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Eifman and the LA Ballet, plus LA Phil closes the Disney season

Gustavo-Dudamel-007.jpg Russian Boris Eifman brings story-book ballets that are not about fairytale creatures or kingdoms and their royalty, but about real people drowning in human tragedies.

We're loath to fly and it shows

almostontime.jpg It's traveling season and I'm reminded of the questions that plague me when I'm boarding a plane.

Rainbow over Mar Vista

rainbow-over-mar-vista-srr.jpg No rain in sight, but a big rainbow over Mar Vista just before sunset nonetheless.

The once and future centers of LA theater

bad-jews-lamont.jpg With the end of Actors' Equity's 99-Seat Theater Plan now scheduled for next June, some suggestions for the transition. Plus 'Bad Jews' and 'The Heir Apparent.'

LA Fight Club

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Bryce Ryness plays the villain in 'Matilda the Musical'

bryce-ryness-sits.jpg In a backstage interview at the Ahmanson, Ryness explains how he came to play Miss Trunchbull and how he manages to keep his family nearby.

Dog day afternoon

Second & Ashland, Santa Monica4 6-19-15 - Copy.JPG The definition of hangin' out.

Prayer service for Charleston at First AME

First-AME-is.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti was among the speakers at avery moving and diverse service on Thursday night.
clippers-logo-griffin.jpg The Clippers new logo is like a failed Microsoft product launch. The Lakers should seriously look at D'Angelo Russell.

Minimum wage signing ceremony

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Protect 'City' and Basin and Range

city300.jpg Something elemental and powerful connects Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" at LACMA to his remote "City" in the Nevada desert. And now there's an effort underway to protect "City" in a new Basin and Range National Monument.

Treasures of LA

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A Jew walks into an Abbey ...

St. Andrew's Abbey14 6-7-15 - Copy.JPG St. Andrew's Abbey is a high-desert retreat where, for visitors, practicing the faith is optional.

My adventures in grass removal

cari-after.jpg The same DWP that sends threatening letters if you are 10 days late paying them took three months to send my rebate. But I would take out my lawn again.

The Bloc

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Caption this photo

fuzzy-at-silverlake.jpg These two fuzzy women were spotted walking around Silver Lake Reservoir with a camera crew following.

Coloring outside the lines

mosaic tile house21 kitchen 6-2-15 - Copy.JPG Is this a house or a flashback? Reporting from Venice.

Only in LA: Harvey's healthcare guide

diethrupharmacy.jpg Your official Harvey Healthcare Guide will keep you from feeling like you're just a number.

Prom night

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New at LA Observed
LaBonge signs off
labonge-last-day.jpgTom LaBonge's final moments at the City Council horseshoe (with Gary Leonard in the background.) Photo: Branimir Kvartuc.
Rare frogs surviving
red-legged-frog-nps.jpgCalifornia red-legged frogs are thriving in the Santa Monicas again.
National and Sepulveda
newsstand-natl-sepul.jpgWestside newsstand keeps on selling magazines. In print.
Reverse spring
gray-over-bay-vdt.jpgMay was cooler than March in LA. Weather
Earthquake end times
san-andreas-film-grab.jpgSeismologist Lucy Jones endures 'San Andreas' so you won't have to. Her tweets
Hyperloop hoop
hyperloop-hoop.jpgHyperloop Technologies looks right at home in the Arts District. More and bigger
Grave number one
abner-prather-flags-obelisk.jpgAbner Prather was the first veteran buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Backstory
Egg slutsters
egg-slutsters.jpgGrand Central Market's hottest counter. Bigger
Streetscape: Hollywood Hills
elvis-suits.jpgWe assume the Elvis suits are long gone.
'Mad Men' at the Ace
mad-men-ace-tight-iris.jpgMatthew Weiner and the cast screen the 'Mad Men' finale. Iris Schneider photos
Streetscape | Tujunga Avenue
tujunga-ave-caioti-theatre-.jpgTujunga Avenue in Studio City.
Chatsworth Lake Manor
checker-monroe-county-sheri.jpgOld Checker labeled "Sheriff Monroe County" at the northwest edge of the Valley.
Old Cornell
old-place-cornell.jpgThe Old Place on Mulholland Highway. Photo: Judy Graeme.
expo-line-overhead-cc.jpgExpo Line, Culver City.
unstoppable-metro-local.jpgRiders may disagree. Metro bus on La Brea.
Spring has come
sycamores-vdt.jpgWildflowers and greenery in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here in Malibu
Breaking away
p-33-face-300.jpgP-33 escapes the Santa Monicas by crossing the 101. Story
Streetscape | Burbank
warner-bros-palms.jpgOlive Avenue side of Warner Bros.
Look up
lookup-6th+flower.jpgA corner of the downtown LA skyline from 6th and Flower streets.
Homeless camp on Pico
homeless-pico-closer.jpgSidewalk encampment on Pico Boulevard in West LA. Photos
Of tsunamis and earthquakes
namie-pile-sign.jpgIn one part of Japan, time has stood still since the 2011 tsunami. Story and video
Music at Doheny Mansion
dacamera-doheny-iris.jpgIris Schneider takes in some chamber music with the Da Camera Society. More