Journalist Ivor Davis' new book, "Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder," details his observations of the era that began with the August 1969 slaughter at the home of actress Sharon Tate.
Life, cultures, architecture, geography, neighborhoods, history, demographics, urbanism, nature, the environment. And anything else.
After several years and 21 dead animals, the city of La Quinta finally agreed to erect a barrier to keep bighorn sheep off the golf courses and away from human danger.
The trolling hits of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC this weekend were three guys in Trojan colors selling t-shirts mocking the admissions cheating scandal rocking the school.
One of the last 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees in the Old Plaza downtown fell after the rains this winter.
Ellen Alperstein: We're on the brink of a super bloom of wildflowers, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is open for business. Maybe.
"Ragtime" at the Pasadena Playhouse is, among other distinctions, a great way to observe Black History Month.
Heavy desert rain this month is pushing Nature into a bipolar mood.
Susan La Tempa: The free-wheeling, deeply divisive newspapers of L.A.'s early days.
Read the memos: A new foreign editor, columnist and replacements for the late Jonathan Gold are among the positions in the latest roundup. Also an abrupt exit from the Times masthead and an updated lineup for the senior editor group.
Patt Morrison at the La Brea Avenue stand's 78th anniversary celebration
CBS newsman Harvey Sachs was a different man on weekends. Since his passing, his table saw has cut the scenery for dozens of plays at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.
"SoCal Connected" returns Oct. 9 with a new focus on long-form investigative documentary pieces, starting with the LA Times and other local newsrooms in transition.
Cities again barred from prosecuting the homeless. Hands across the aisle at USC. Much more.
Joel Bellman: As disappointing as "BlacKKKlansman" was, it triggered my curiosity about other films prominently featuring Klan storylines. There I discovered some interesting things.
KCET debuts "SoCal Wanderer" with Rosey Alvero. The Wall Street Journal gets a new bureau chief. Plus other moves in local media.
Harold Meyerson: Jonathan spoke for the new American food, but ultimately, more importantly, for that new America itself.
The restaurant critic, cultural anthropologist and voice of Los Angeles found out this month that he had pancreatic cancer.
Nice photo of the long-gone bathhouse and swimming facility from the Auto Club of Southern California archives.
The kittens, all females, were born to P-62 and are the first litter to be tagged in the hills north of the 101 freeway.
Stephen Sachs: Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Desert-dwelling scorpions are difficult to see by day, but at night, they shine.
Tips for cooking with fowl: don't.
LA Observed Notes: Media moves, books and authors, media people, place notes and selected tweets.
Trail cams placed by Robert Martinez catch a mother and three cubs in the mountains above Glendora.
Talking Points: A trip down Whittier Boulevard. Trump vs journalism. City bans cellphones in crosswalks. And more.
The super blue blood moon early Wednesday morning was a private eclipse showing for a sleepy photographer with an anemic lens.
Gag on this, Angelenos: United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.
That leaves one chain bookstore west of the Grove, unless you count the new Amazon store in Century City.
Gary catches owner Biff Naylor on closing day at Du-par's restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.
LA Times journalists vote on a union this week. Plus the most-clicked story of 2017, Hollywood women organize, notes on media politics and place, and selected tweets.
Endless Summer changed the image of surfers and surfing culture in the 1960s and made Brown a legend on the beach.
Doyle McManus leaving LAT, new LA Weekly gets an editor, Jerry Brown on "60 Minutes," bad sheriffs, media notes and a good read that's not really about cats.
Our occasional roundup of news and notes. This time: award winners, media notes and selected tweets, plus a magazine issue on teenagers.
One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.
Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.
And more: Assemblyman will resign over women's accounts. Garcetti ambitions "not insane." Jim Newton needles the Times. Media people and selected tweets.
"Many people I know in Los Angeles believed the '60s ended abruptly on Aug. 9, 1969," Joan Didion wrote of the most notorious multiple murders in Los Angeles history.
Molly Selvin: I've now lived here 34 years, not counting the ten years in my parents' house just blocks away or the three years my husband and I left for various adventures.
The past shapes the future, and that was the theme of a report released Thursday, "Space To Lead: A Century of Civic Leadership In Los Angeles."
Banks, ATMs, retail and restaurants at Metro stations would produce revenue and be a great convenience for riders.
Plus two weekend pieces examine Harvey Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister, and Pulitzer talk for Ronan Farrow.
The scandal that won't go away. An LAT columnist apologizes. Job movies, an invite from the New York Times and other media notes.
Selected scandal reading from Lupita Nyong'o's amazing piece to Quentin Tarantino's quasi mea culpa. Plus heat, Dodgers, media news and selected tweets.
The review on "The Stray" seemed to go out of its way to make it clear that that the dog doesn't die in this one. Sigh.
Dodgers walk off in game 2. The obstacles to covering Hollywood. Media notes, moves and changes. Plus selected tweets.
Bullet points: LA River bacteria. Dodgers lose 10th in a row. That fatal night they boxed at the stadium. On the ground in Florida.
LA Observed Notes: Covering Harvey, Dodgers flailing, an editor change in LA, media notes, Angels Flight shuts again
Bullet Points: A horrific jail death. Food writers in Tuscany. The LA Times follows on Canter's. A media promotion, a hire, and the celebrity terminal at LAX. Plus a difficult long read.
Bullet Points: Attacking the Jews in Charlottesville. Zócalo on the move. USC Village. Transitions at City Hall and the Times.
Nazi and racist scum in Virginia, Trump equates, and a nation shakes its head. Plenty of media and politics notes and selected tweets.
Our occasional gathering of notes on media, politics and place with selected tweets.
Engine Co. 17Inside the long-closed Arts District fire station on Santa Fe Avenue.
Barnsdall ParkUnder the trees.
Inside Hollyhock HousePhoto taking was allowed for one weekend. So we did.
June 6, 1968The body of Robert F. Kennedy leaves Good Samaritan hospital. More pics
Palm weeds of Santa SusanaOak trees, sandstone ridges and fan palms? Ugh. More
Chinatown queueThe line on a Sunday at Far East Plaza for Howling Ray's chicken.
First day of 2017Mt. Wilson cam. Always on, sometimes dark.
Merry LA ChristmasA home in Mar Vista really gets into the lawn decorations. Photo by Judy Graeme.
Art FridayThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Oldest remaining McDonald'sLakewood Boulevard in Downey.
Palm weedAnother beautiful LA palm tree, this one in Boyle Heights.
Code 7 in Sherman OaksHow about a little LA crime history with your meal. Backstory
Neon treasures of LAThe Museum of Neon Art is thriving in Glendale and that's OK.
The WarwickCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Ficus vs sidewalkTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
StreetscapeAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Stained glassWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Arts District colorSpatters 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
Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea AvenueDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawnNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: DTLAEast 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
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