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Norms on Pico looks to be closing this month

norms-pico.jpg The local homeowner group says the 24-hour coffee shop will close December 31 to make way for a new development.
erin-morris-cal-sunday.jpg Our occasional offering of media, politics and place noted from assorted sources.

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.

Midweek notes: Xavier Becerra, Jeff Michael, P-45 and more

jeff-michael-insgm.jpg New attorney general appointed. An anchor leaves the news desk. What to do with P-45.

Park service: P-45 alpaca kills not 'abnormal or aberrant'

p-45-smmnra.jpg Eliminating P-45 won't solve the problem of livestock and pets being killed, the National Park Service explains.

Kill permit issued for mountain lion P-45

p-45-smmnra.jpg The mountain lion, one of the last adult males in the Santa Monicas, is blamed for killing more than 10 alpacas this past weekend.

LA Observed Notes: Imaginary votes, fake news, media people

steve-wasserman-heyday.jpg Donald Trump tweets his way to the top item again by inventing a new conspiracy. Plus much more.

LA Observed Notes: American Nazis, fake news and media moves

GENSLER_TRIBUNE_STREEt.jpg Our semi-regular column of media and politics notes, with other news and observations.

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.

LA's first presidential election was different

andres_pico-lapl-crop.jpg Franklin Pierce won with the help of early LA figures like the Californio Andres Pico.

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

Pink Lady of Malibu Canyon: 50 years ago

pink-lady-cars.jpg The legendary guerrilla cliff art was painted in one night by a young mother hanging from ropes. She's still around and should be more famous.

Gannett drops Tronc and more midweek notes

8150-sunset-rendering.jpg Gigantic Frank Gehry project on Sunset Boulevard approved. Kudos for LAT's Sea Breeze investigation. Notes on Campaign 2016, 2017 and 2018. And more.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual assault, media moves and more

danielle-berrin-jj.jpg LA Times investigations afflict the powerful. LA's homeless shame. Notes on media, politics and place.

Spider pavilion opens at NHMLA

nhm-spider-banner.jpg Not a joke: the exhibition is sponsored by Western Exterminator.

LA Observed Notes: Media moves, cranes and Campaign 2016

crane-wilshire-crescent.jpg LA Times loses a top Hollywood voice. Dodgers go home. More Trump and Clinton notes.

James Dean gas station corner to become grocery

james-dean-casadepetrol-thumb-640x444-29454.jpg An update to our guest blogger post from last month about the demise of Casa de Petrol in Sherman Oaks.

John Scott Finnell, 65, Doo Dah Parade's Snotty Scotty

thehankies.jpg Snotty Scotty and the Hankies led every single version of the Occasional Pasadena Doh Dah Parade.

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.

LA Observed Notes: Media, politics and place

maywood-nbc4.jpg Because there's more going on than Donald Trump's get-even war on America.

Streetscape: Arts District

artsdst-tpe-streetscape.jpg Colyton Street.

LA Observed notes: Trump's taxes and Vin's final game

snl-baldwin-mckinnon.jpg Los Angeles can breathe again. The day no one wanted to come has passed.

James Dean died 61 years ago today. Now the famous gas station is gone

james-dean-casadepetrol.jpg It is one of the most historic gas stations in Los Angeles. Seen by millions across the globe in an iconic photograph of a Hollywood legend.

Vin Scully tribute to air live across SoCal

vinscullyweekend_960x540_mp.jpg Friday night pre-game ceremony at Dodger Stadium will air at 6:30 on KTLA Channel 5, SportsNet LA and KLAC radio.

Sports Museum of LA has closed after two months

sportsmuseumla-front.jpg The museum holding the collection of Gary Cypres had just opened to the public in July.

Silver Lake residents 'had faith in DWP's promises'

silver-lake-frame-iris.jpg It's clear the DWP had no real plan to refill the now-dry lake bed, leaving residents and visitors shaking their heads.

Monday notes: O.J. at the Emmys, Rams win, Bob Hope and more

lamag-immig-issue.jpg Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place.

Returning to LA in sticker shock

wilshire-labrea-bldg.jpg Whether in Silicon Valley or the Westside of Los Angeles, residential gluttony is creeping in.

Media and Place: Tacos, politics and Vin Scully

el-big-happy-wall-street.jpg El Big Happy, Wall Street, DTLA Flower District. LA Observed's occasional column of media notes and more. At the top "Taco trucks are like palm trees here. Part of the...

Code 7 in Sherman Oaks: A little bit of history

Cde7-shermanaks.jpg A popular spot with Valley motor officers is one door over from a notorious crime location.

Border Grill closing in Santa Monica after 26 years

milliken-feniger.jpg Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have been VIPs in the LA food scene since they opened City Cafe in 1981.

Bet you didn't know quicksand is a real SoCal thing

quicksand-hand-youtube.jpg Readers of the Southern California News Group papers are warned how to watch out for the stuff.

Museum of Neon Art thriving in Glendale

mna-eastsde.jpg MONA had to leave downtown in 2011 but things are all right now. Visiting is like seeing old friends again.

From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square-hawk-crop.jpg A lively multispecies gathering at the infamous Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga Canyon raised the question: What happens when we are the owner of animals and all wildlife are pets? This is what we are learning now.

Michel Richard, 68, formative LA chef

michel-richard.jpg The French-born chef built a national empire after his two hit Los Angeles eateries.

1932 Olympics tourist map

1932olympicsmap-beschloss.jpg Historian Michael Beschloss has an active Twitter presence and posted this stylized map to the sights of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games.



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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.
Riverscape
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.
Franklin Village
daily-planet-close.jpgThe Daily Planet on Franklin Avenue.
Rooftop pool
eastern-columbia-pool.jpgDowntown's Eastern Columbia building.
Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
Streetscape
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
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
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
Streetscape
mannequin-heads-jg.jpgLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of Cities
foc-cocktails.jpgAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Dorothea Lange's LA photos
dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpgDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Visiting mom at Clifton's
cliftons-workers-rr.jpg Visiting mom's ashes, that is.
Trains in Santa Monica
expoline-clear-train-sm.jpgTrains return to Santa Monica (for testing) after 60 years.
Streetscape
The Warwick
the-warwick.jpgCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
La Placita
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Front door of Nuestra SeƱora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
Streetscape
alphacast-foundry-santa-fe-.jpgAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Streetscape: Stoner Avenue
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Stoner Avenue in West Los Angeles.
Stained glass
stained-glass-eave.jpgWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Arts District color
color-jg-hewitt-street.jpgSpatters of color on the sidewalk outside the former Al's Bar on Hewitt Street. Judy Graeme/click the pic to enlarge.
Mission Road in Boyle Heights
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Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea Avenue
labrea-shop-dino.jpgDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawn
expo-park-friday-eve-lao.jpgNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Sidewalk art
cat-san-vicente.jpgSan Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: DTLA
streetscape-6thstreet.jpgEast 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
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