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Trains moving in Santa Monica after 60 years (video)

expoline-clear-train-sm.jpg An Expo Line test train rolls where old tourist cars and freight trains used to run -- and where an Edison cameraman of the 1890s took some of the oldest footage of the LA area.

It's baby lizard season in Los Angeles

baby-lizard-nhmla.jpg Most of the hatchlings you will see now are either Western Fence Lizards or Side-blotched Lizards. But you never know.

Two urban LA coyotes collared by National Park Service

coyote-dtla-nps.jpg Female C-144 has cubs in the Westlake district. Male C-145 ranges around the Silver Lake area. There's a new urban wildlife blog too.

Monday news and notes: July 27

KeyPeele.jpg Times editors give another letter grade. CBS2/KCAL promotes Amber Lee. Key and Peele to end their Comedy Central show. More politics and media notes.

Only in LA: The real game of thrones

andy-gump-helmets-copy.jpg Welcome to our annual Salute to the Toilet, spotlighting the aesthetic side of that noble apparatus and recent technological breakthroughs.

View Park gets an LA Times story, with some geo-confusion

view-park-palm-streets.jpg Some black residents of the hilly neighborhood off Crenshaw see an influx of white homebuyers as a problem. But is it really a Westside issue? (No.)

Scenes of DTLA in the rain

rain-angies-wieners.jpg During one stretch on Saturday, it rained steadily for two hours and lightning flashed across downtown. So why not some pics.

How did celebrating 'Clueless' become a thing?

stacey-cher-clueless.jpg A sampling of the media stories trying to find some meaning in the LA romp after 20 years.

Goodbye to all this

Los Angeles is losing one of its fiercest critics and lovers just when we need her most. Emily Green is leaving LA after 17 years, a crucial, insightful voice on the essential subject of water.

Singing the praises of LA's Chinese food

mark-bittman-la-kitchen.jpg "For Chinese food there's no place in the United States like Southern California," New York Times columnist Mark Bittman says in a new video from Los Angeles.

Hit by a car: Downtown, Westlake and Koreatown are worst

lat-hit-by-car-map.jpg LA Times analysis of accident records finds 817 intersections countywide the paper calls the "most dangerous" for pedestrians.

My little PCH driving moment

reel-inn.jpg A first-ever experience for me on Pacific Coast Highway, on a Friday, in summer.

New Yorker does LA's backyard entomologists

30newSpeciesoffly-nhm.jpg Remember the post in March about the discovery of 30 new fly species in LA yards?

Mystery of the vacant Baldwin Hills oil field mansion (audio)

baldwinhillshouseext.jpg Fun piece by Anna Scott, a producer with KCRW's Press Play, on that house you can see among the oil wells off to the west of La Cienega Boulevard.

News and notes: Ridley-Thomas not running for mayor

Ridley-Thomas and more politics notes, DeAndre Jordan stays with Clippers, new hosts at NPR's All Things Considered and more.

Black Twitter beat at LA Times has people talking

dexter-thomas-twitter.jpg NPR, the Washington Post and Digiday are among the media outlets covering the LAT decision to hire a new reporter to engage with blacks who tweet.

African American political currents in LA

bill-300.jpg From Los Angeles city hall to the county building up the hill, African American political activists are thinking about the mayor's race and the future of black representation on the board of supervisors.

Video Journeys closing in Silver Lake

video-journeys-grab.jpg Customers like the deep inventory of films in stock. THR's story drops names like Kyle Chandler, Steven Soderbergh and Keanu Reeves.

Hector Tobar: LA's inequality hard to ignore anymore

homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg Los Angeles is becoming a metropolis of the developing world, the New York Times columnist argues.

Post-holiday week news and notes

amartinez-alexcohen-kpcc.jpg Catching up on politics, media and place. Including a piece on KPCC's Latino audience.

Reimagining the funeral experience in LA

reimagining-funeral-home-calsunday.jpg Amber Carvaly and Caitlin Doughty, both 30, have ambitions to disrupt the funeral business.

LA's forgotten Jewish soccer dynasty

los-angeles-forgotten-jewish-soccer-dynasty-1435124242.jpg At Vice Sports, Jonathan Zeller goes deep on the story of Maccabi Los Angeles.

Tuesday news and notes

rock-yard-soqui-law.jpg Parks and LaBonge check out of the City Council. SCOTUS to take on labor union fees. Gravel yards. Much more politics, media and place.

Beach tar balls traced to Santa Barbara spill

heal the bay oil cleanup.jpg There's no real surprise here. Yes, the tar that washed up on local beaches came from 100 miles away.

P-39 and cubs feeding on a deer

p-39-kitten-nps.jpg New batch of photos gathered by remote camera in the eastern end of the Santa Susana Mountains.

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.

Charleston paper adds gun range sale sticker to front pages

charleston-gunad.jpg "A deeply regrettable coincidence," the paper said in a statement after Romenesko called. Nine people died in the massacre at a historic black church.

Three bowling alleys and a Marilyn Monroe house go away

friendly-hills-bowl.jpg Mission Hills Bowl, Friendly Hills Lanes in Whittier and Wagon Wheel Bowl in Oxnard all went dark this month. And a home where Norma Jean Dougherty lived in what's now Valley Village was torn down.

Rare frogs surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains

red-legged-frog-nps.jpg Planted in two streams last year, they are the first California red-legged frogs to grow up in the Santa Monicas since the 1970s.

Monday news and notes

taix.jpg Politics, media, books and place for a new week, plus a couple of tweets.

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.

Untagged female mountain lion poses above Glendora

lion-glendora-martinez.jpg The mountain lions in the San Gabriels are untagged, uncollared and unnamed. But they are just as beautiful as the ones the National Park Service monitors in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Nokia Theatre is out, Microsoft Theater (and Square) are in

microsoft-sign-dtla.jpg Prepare to be laughed at if you ever refer to Microsoft Square in DTLA.

Mendoza plan could help elect an Asian American supervisor

bill-300.jpg With David Ryu, a Korean American, just elected to the Los Angeles City Council, attention should now turn to putting an Asian American on the county board of supervisors.

Mojave's Joshua trees are in bad shape

joshua-wind.jpg Climate change, the drought and development pressure are all taking a toll on the symbolic succulents that grow only in the Mojave Desert.

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.

Rare frogs surviving
red-legged-frog-nps.jpgCalifornia red-legged frogs are thriving in the Santa Monicas again.
Crossroads of the World plan
Crossroads-Curbed.jpgA big project hopes to encircle the Hollywood landmark.
Earthquake end times
san-andreas-film-grab.jpgSeismologist Lucy Jones endures 'San Andreas' so you won't have to. Her tweets
Old Cornell
old-place-cornell.jpgThe Old Place on Mulholland Highway. Photo: Judy Graeme.
Look up
lookup-6th+flower.jpgA corner of the downtown LA skyline from 6th and Flower streets.
The name fits in Sawtelle
sawtele-furaibo.jpgSawtelle Japantown is LA's newest blue-sign neighborhood. Kevin Roderick
Streetscape | Pico Boulevard
pico-bike-skeleton.jpgMan and his skeleton riding tandem in Santa Monica. Photo: Sean Roderick
Night on Broadway
los-angeles-theatre-iris.jpgMovie palaces were packed on open house night. Photos by Iris Schneider
Bob Hope compound on the market
bob-hope-estate-google.jpgEstate in Toluca Lake is yours for $23 million. Peek inside
New year at the pier
SM Pacific Park1 1-1-15 - Copy.JPG Santa Monica has a New Year's parade too, in a way. Ellen Alperstein
A word Angelenos should know
rainshadow3.jpgPetrichor: The scent of rain on a dry land. Christensen & Gold
Day of the Dead

day-of-dead-2014-iris.jpgFestivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider

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.
Ridiculous palm weeds
palm-weed-family.jpgIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
Sky and palm
sky-and-palm.jpgGreat skies we had one day. #DTLA. Bigger on Facebook
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
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
Front door of Nuestra SeƱora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
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
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
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.