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Giant Robot

giant-robot-sawtelle.jpg Roof line of the Giant Robot 2 store in the Sawtelle district.

Stairs behind the Orpheum

stairs-behind-orpheum.jpg The view from behind Broadway's Orpheum Theatre.


speed-on-405.jpg 405 freeway, southbound, West Los Angeles.


surf-n-wear-sb-900.jpg Back door, Helena Avenue. Santa Barbara.

Q Kabob

q-kabob-vanowen.jpg Vanowen Street, Lake Balboa....

Office door

van-nuys-office-door.jpg Van Nuys industrial district....

Wear helmet at all times

andy-gump-helmets-brewery.jpg Andy Gump, Eastside....

Former Daily News building

daily-news-ofcs-sylvan.jpg This building on Sylvan Street in Van Nuys used to house the offices and newsroom of the Daily News and the paper's previous incarnation as the Valley News and Green Sheet.

Potter Bail Bonds

potter-baail-bonds-alley-vi.jpg The view from the alley behind Van Nuys Boulevard....

Great Republic Lofts

great-republic-lofts-LAO.jpg Great Republic Lofts, Downtown Los Angeles

Mayoreo Wholesale

mayoreo-olympic-dtla.jpg Olympic Boulevard, Downtown LA fashion district....

Endless winter

free-zuma-boards.jpg Locals know that winter is a special time on the beach.

The Good Nite

the-good-nite.jpg The Good Nite bar. North Hollywood. Cocktails. Karaoke.

Tinhorn Flats

tinhorn-flats-saloon.jpg Tinhorn Flats Saloon, West Magnolia Boulevard, city of Burbank.

Bus stop for giants

chair-pdc.jpg There's plenty of seating at the bus stop outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.


tough-loss-low.jpg Los Angeles Kings fans at Staples Center a minute after their team lost in an especially disappointing way....

Type drawers

iron-curtain-font-drawers.jpg Drawers holding letterpress type at Iron Curtain Press pop-up store in Westwood Village, part of the Hammer Museum's Arts ReSTORE LA project....

Coso Junction Water Co.

coso-junction-water-lao.jpg Coso Junction is just south of the Owens Valley along U.S. 395 in Inyo County.

Hot Dog Stick

hot-dog-stick-sm-beach.jpg Santa Monica Beach boardwalk on a Sunday afternoon.

Cinder cone on 395

cinder-cone-395.jpg A cinder cone beside U.S. highway 395 about 164 miles north of Los Angeles, near Little Lake.

Hidden Clifton's sign

cliftons-sign-7th-street.jpg This sign for the long-gone Clifton's Silver Spoon Cafeteria on West 7th Street — "a jewel of a cafeteria" — is visible only from Grand Avenue. The street address, 515 West 7th, is currently the location of Mas Malo restaurant....

Firewood of my ranch

firewood-of-my-ranch-lao.jpg Mission Road, Boyle Heights.

One Santa Fe

one-santa-construct.jpg Construction underway at the One Santa Fe development across from Sci-Arc on Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District.

California geography

calif-geography.jpg Lots going on in this view toward the Sierra Nevada from California highway 136 in Inyo County.

Streetscape: La Brea

labrea-shop-dino.jpg Dinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue.

Mayor-elect's new ride

garcetti-lapd-suburban.jpg As of last week, Los Angeles mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is protected by an LAPD detail and driven around the city in a dark Chevy Suburban.

Villaraigosa and Garcetti

villaraigosa-garcetti-gettyhouse.jpg Mayor Antonio Villaraiogsa hugged mayor-elect Eric Garcetti outside Getty House this morning and called him a friend. But does the mayor finally look tired of seeing the TV cameras in his front yard?

Fan palm at Herald Examiner

palm-herex-bldg-(1).jpg A Mexican fan palm grows out of the sidewalk beside the Herald Examiner building on 11th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

News Seafood

news-seafood-lao.jpg North Chinatown. Our kind of place.

End of Ciclavia day

expo-line-cc-ciclavia.jpg Expo Line riders queue at the Culver City station an hour after the end of the first Ciclavia to include the Westside and Venice Beach.

Ciclavia cleanup

ciclavia-cleanup-lao.jpg Portable bathrooms pass by the historic Culver Hotel at the end of the first Ciclavia to reach Culver City.

Mar Vista farmers market

mar-vista-market-lao.jpg A day of sunshine after rain brought out a crowd to the Sunday market on Grandview Avenue in Mar Vista. Sunday was also the first day of Daylight Saving Time.

Herald Examiner photographers

her-ex-photogs-lapl-lao.jpg Photographers from the late Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper told stories and showed pictures on Saturday at the Central Library in Los Angeles.

Truck and pallets

truck-pallets-dtla.jpg Porter Street, south of Downtown Los Angeles....

Looking up

from-pershing-square.jpg The view from Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.

Arts District stop

arts-district-stop.jpg Stop sign as community bulletin board.

Joshua Tree in Mojave Desert

yucca-mojave-122612-lao.jpg Joshua Tree against the snowy San Gabriels near Pearblossom. More Mojave Desert photos...

Grand Central Market

grand-central-mkt-hall-lao.jpg The owner of Grand Central Market has launched a makeover aimed at capturing more of the new demographic moving into downtown.

LA River winter colors

la-river-burbank-blvd-lao.jpg The Los Angeles River upstream from Burbank Boulevard in the Sepulveda Dam Basin.

LA River behind Sepulveda Dam

la-river-to-sepulveda-dam.jpg The Los Angeles River, left, flows toward the Sepulveda Dam spillway beside Burbank Boulevard.

Saturday night

sweeney-todd-barber-lao.jpg Waiting at Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop on Hollywood Boulevard....

Drive and read fast

on-ramp-405.jpg Signs on the northbound Interstate 405 on-ramp in Culver City.

Burbank high-rise

burbank-high-rise.jpg Everywhere you look: palm trees....

Downtown dog

5th-street-dt.jpg 5th Street near Spring, downtown Los Angeles.

KCET web newsroom

kcet-web-staff.jpg Web staff at work in the new KCET offices in Burbank. Story and pics...

KCET control room

kcet-control-room.jpg The control room during a rehearsal of 'SoCal Connected' at KCET. More pics from inside KCET....

'SoCal Connected' control room

kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The control room of KCET's studio for "SoCal Connected."

Mary Jane's Place

North Main Street, Lincoln Heights. See larger...

New Pauley Pavilion

pauley-pavilion-plaza-lao.jpg If you remember UCLA's Pauley Pavilion as dark and dated, look again....

Old LA brewery

brewery-arts-stack.jpg Brewery Arts Complex, Lincoln Heights. More photos...

Tunnel of books

tunnel-of-books-more.jpg Upstairs at The Last Bookstore, downtown....

Robinson Beautilities

robinson-beautilities-hween.jpg Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista....

Kern County soil

kern-county-soil-lao.jpg Few miles south of Bakersfield....

Sunning in the rain

rainy-day-westwood.jpg Sunshine and afternoon rain in Westwood Village....

Tractors on Wilshire

tractors-on-wilshire.jpg Big lawn mowers barrel around the corner of Wilshire and Comstock, possibly headed for the Los Angeles Country Club....

Sounds like a fun place

arts-district-for-rent.jpg Sign in downtown's Arts District....

Man at work

traffic-cop-expo-fig.jpg LADOT traffic officer has things under control at Figueroa and Exposition....

The Gaylord on Wilshire

the-gaylord-lao.jpg The 1920s Walker and Eisen hotel and apartments in Koreatown were probably not named for the founder of Wilshire Boulevard. But the first-floor cocktail lounge was called The Gay Room....

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

lisbeth-craig-bath.jpg Studio still from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," opening this month, showing Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomqvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander....

Looking back: the Wilshire Grand hotel

statler-opening-lapl.jpg The Wilshire Grand Hotel at Figueroa and Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles opened in 1952 as the Statler. This image from the Herald Examiner Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library shows the Wilshire Boulevard side during opening week...

Gov. Jerry Brown does a pushup

jerry-brown-pushup.jpg Gov. Jerry Brown's wife, Anne Gust, tweeted this picture of hubby doing a pushup. More...
herex-torrance1.jpg Annie Chuck discovered a storefront in Old Town Torrance papered over with what looks to be the entire last published edition of the Her Ex from Nov. 2, 1989....

Gold line train

gold-line-cornfield.jpg North of downtown....



City of South Gate

south-gate-city-sign.jpg Now entering the city of South Gate....

Tacos Mexico

se-tacos-mexico-compton.jpg City of Compton....

Ball fields

south-burke-fields.jpg Yvonne B. Burke Sports Complex....

LA Racing Pigeon Club

la-pigeon-racing-crop-vermo.jpg South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles....

City of Vernon

city-of-vernon-bridge.jpg Railroad underpass in Vernon....

View Park palm trees

view-park-palms.jpg View Park has great views of Downtown Los Angeles — and many palm trees....

Watts Towers

watts-towers-work-crew.jpg A team from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and UCLA works to preserve the Watts Towers from the stress of earthquakes and daily heating and cooling....

Clark Library

clark-library-door.jpg UCLA's William Clark Memorial Library in West Adams....

Leimert Park

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