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moms-thr-amanda-lanzone.jpg Bullet points: LA River bacteria. Dodgers lose 10th in a row. That fatal night they boxed at the stadium. On the ground in Florida.

Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more

garcetti-latuna-fire.jpg LA Observed Notes: Covering Harvey, Dodgers flailing, an editor change in LA, media notes, Angels Flight shuts again

Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons

celebrity-lax-terminal-vf.jpg 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.

LA Confederate monument coming down

confed-statue-hwdforever.jpg Bullet Points: Attacking the Jews in Charlottesville. Zócalo on the move. USC Village. Transitions at City Hall and the Times.

LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray

calif-sunday-chefs-grab.jpg Nazi and racist scum in Virginia, Trump equates, and a nation shakes its head. Plenty of media and politics notes and selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Baron, Baquet, Scaramucci, Parker and more

arndt-parker-heisenberg.jpg Our occasional gathering of notes on media, politics and place with selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: USC+LAT, newsroom cuts, local Emmys

crest-for-sale.jpg LA Times explains how many times it gave USC a chance to comment on a dean's secret life. Plus LAT buyouts, media people doing stuff and selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Bookstore stays open, NPR pact

Ford-Ampitheatre_TomBonner.jpg NPR staffers won't face a strike. Obits for Martin Landau, George Romero, Bill Smith and Tenny Tenusian. Selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Catching up with media, politics and place

bobs-big-boy-lapl.jpg Plus what some LA media people are doing and selected tweets from the past week.
nbc4-news-van-scfire-crop.jpg Plus it's time to pay attention to the Dodgers, Roxane Gay is in town, media people doing stuff and selected tweets.

Sure, there's a misanthrope or two in every community

mar-vista-netxdoor-grab.jpg Nextdoor.com baits us, like Facebook and Twitter do, into indulging the lesser angels of our nature.
marciano-foundation-judy-graeme.jpg Chock full of Monday observations on media and media people, politics, place and more. Plus a good week for selected tweets.

Low and slow all for show

justin-favela-pinata.jpg Las Vegas artists created a life-size lowrider pinata — based on the iconic Gypsy Rose, a 1964 Impala — for an upcoming exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Tail o' the Pup headed to Valley Relics Museum*

tail-o-the-pup-sv.jpg The iconic hot dog facade will go on public display in Chatsworth sometime soon.

Drone view: US Bank tower yoga

usbank-tower-yoga-mingomatic.jpg The latest drone video by Mingomatic includes what looks to be a group workout class on the outdoor observation deck at about 70 stories above the street.

LA Observed Notes: Tur, Tony, Comey, Kelly, Gadot and more

katy-tur-nyt.jpg Our irregular compendium of media, police and place with selected tweets.

Photos from inside Hollyhock House today

hollyhock-kitchen-view.jpg In honor of Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday, photos are allowed this weekend in his only home project in LA that is open to the public.

Cubs P-57 and P-58 have died in the Santa Monicas

p57-58.jpg The kittens were abandoned by their mother, P-42.

Kelly Wong, 29, Los Angeles firefighter

kelly-wong-wife-child-eric-leonard.jpg Wong was based in Rancho Park and was training at his new station downtown when he fell from a ladder and died.
adam-schiff-lamag.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations from the media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets and more.

Inside the Arts District's Engine Co. 17

clare-v-back-area.jpg For years I've been intrigued by the long-closed fire station adjacent to Bread Lounge on Santa Fe Avenue. Finally got inside.

'Staggering' new homeless count in Los Angeles County

wilshire-homeless-camp.jpg The total jumped 23 percent over last year despite many more homeless people being moved into housing. So it could have been even worse.

Palm weeds of Santa Susana

santa-susana-palm-weeds.jpg Even those Angelenos who like the promiscuous sprouting of non-native Mexican fan palms across the urban terrain will have to agree these are misplaced.

LA Observed Notes: Flags, transitions and good reads

scouts-flags-cbsgrab.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations from media, politics and place. With some selected tweets.

John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine

severson-young-surfline.jpg "Before John Severson, there was really no surf art, no surf magazines, no real surf films, no surfwear industry, no pro surfing, no Surfrider Foundation, no surf culture as we know it."

LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more

marvista-lane-rider.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and notes on media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves

baca-sentenced-shuman.jpg Our occasional roundup of media, politics and place news and notes.
maglieri-whisky.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations on media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.
angels-gary-kids.jpg Media and politics notes for the new week, plus selected tweets.

What would Ray Bradbury say?

thom-mayne-home.jpg KCRW's Frances Anderton goes through the house that architect Thom Mayne built for himself on the site of Bradbury's longtime home in Cheviot Hills.

New male lions: Meet P-55 and P-56

p-56-nps.jpg The two new cats are nearly grown males and face the threat of dominant males already in the Santa Monica Mountains along with the freeways, rat poison and other dangers.
davan-note-latfob2017.jpg Maharaj at the LAT Book Prizes plus media notes, LA riots anniversary and more.
academy-museum-rendering.jpg Also: The "super bloom" of yellow mustard across SoCal hillsides needs to be stopped.

LA Observed Notes: Pulitzers, job moves and much more

bob-miller-nhl-com.jpg You probably have heard of David Fahrenthold by now. Ex-LAT journalists re-uniting at CNN. Octavia Butler, Bob Miller, politics notes.

An appetite for discovery

In-n_Out sign3 4-6-17 - Copy.JPG One really couldn't claim a Southern California identity, I learned, until one had enjoyed a Double-Double at In-N-Out.

Direct-to-consumer marketing

handjob sign Larchmont1 4-2-17 - Copy.jpg Beware the repeal of FCC privacy protection.

LA Observed Notes: 'Our Dishonest President'

nick-ut-retires-iris.jpg "Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck," the Los Angeles Times says of Donald Trump in a full-page editorial. Plus: Paul Magers, the Groundlings founder and more.

Joshua Tree in bloom

southern Joshua Tree 11 exhibit sign 3-17 - Copy.JPG The southern part of Joshua Tree National Park is awash in color.

LA Observed Notes: Daylight time edition

menschonthebench.jpg Media and politics notes from all over, plus media people news, some place notes and selected tweets.

Desert flowers and fancy at Anza-Borrego

Mine Wash track2 raven 3-17 - Copy.JPG What's not to like about encountering more surprises than flowers while wandering around the desert in Anza-Borrego?

LA Observed Notes: End of a full week

hallie-jackson-and-welker.jpg Nick Ut's retirement. Key editors jump from the LA Times. Downtown News sold. Plus many more notes and observations.

Streetscape: Looking up on Bunker Hill

bunker-hill-up-lao.jpg The view from Grand Avenue on DTLA's Bunker Hill.

Westwood's Regent theatre to close, become restaurants

regent-theater-bldg.jpg Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses.

LA Observed Notes: Police officer killed and more news

2nd-hope-regconnector-sourc.jpg Keith Boyer, a veteran with the Whittier Police Department, was 53 and a father. He was shot by a recent parolee.

Streetscape: West 2nd St.

broad-line-sunday.jpg The Sunday afternoon line outside the Broad Contemporary Art Museum went down the block

Zoot Suit returns to the Mark Taper Forum

zoot-suit-cast.jpg The iconic Luis Valdez play is back where it started in 1978.

LA Observed Notes: Two weeks of Trump and counting

mccarthy-as-spicer.jpg News, notes and observations of media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

P-51 found dead on freeway where mother and other cub died

P-50-P-51-and-P-52.jpg The mother P-39 and both cubs died on the 118 in Santa Susana Pass since Dec. 3.

LA Observed Notes: Xavier Becerra, water everywhere and more

isupportjournalismsign.jpg Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place from multiple sources.

The Mighty Los Angeles (River) was roaring on Sunday

LARiver-Lindley-withwater.jpg Two views of the river: Sunday's rain-swollen racetrack and the big concrete ditch we usually see.

Massive DTLA crowd joins millions in Saturday marches for women

march-sign-super-calli.jpg A few hundred thousand people on the streets all day and no arrests of any kind. Lots of great signs though.



Inside Hollyhock House
hollyhock-columns.jpgPhoto taking was allowed for one weekend. So we did.
Streetscape: Lincoln Heights
el-milagro-market.jpgProductos Mexicanos at El Milagro Market on Avenue 18.
June 6, 1968
rfk-hearse-wide-lapl.jpgThe body of Robert F. Kennedy leaves Good Samaritan hospital. More pics
Palm weeds of Santa Susana
santa-susana-palm-weeds.jpgOak trees, sandstone ridges and fan palms? Ugh. More
Chinatown queue
hwlngraslne.jpgThe line on a Sunday at Far East Plaza for Howling Ray's chicken.
First day of 2017
mt-wilson-cam1117.jpgMt. Wilson cam. Always on, sometimes dark.
Merry LA Christmas
xmas-mtn-view-jg.jpgA home in Mar Vista really gets into the lawn decorations. Photo by Judy Graeme.
Art Friday
del-toro-lacma-friday.jpgThe day after Thanksgiving was jumping at LACMA.
Oldest remaining McDonald's
mcdonalds-downey.jpgLakewood Boulevard in Downey.
Palm weed
palm-weed-boyle-heights.jpgAnother beautiful LA palm tree, this one in Boyle Heights.
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
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
la-placita-front-door.jpg
Front door of Nuestra Señora 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
stoner-ave-wla-robot-fight.jpg
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
firewood-of-my-ranch-lao.jpg
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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