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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.

More coverage of that LA leadership event at Pritzker home

lawson-ross-foc-alcorn.jpg Stories by Los Angeles Magazine, THR and the LA Times include the quote of the night: "Building a bike lane at the farmers’ market won’t build a great city. It would build a great Danish village."

List of beaches hit with tar balls since Santa Barbara spill

oil-cleanup-htb.jpg Affected beaches range as far south as San Clemente. Heck of a coincidence if this is not found to be connected to the Santa Barbara County spill.

Coloring outside the lines

mosaic tile house21 kitchen 6-2-15 - Copy.JPG Is this a house or a flashback? Reporting from Venice.

New future of LA initiative launches in a big way

bojarsky-event-alcorn4.jpg Donna Bojarsky and friends unveiled a new group Future of Cities: Leading in LA at the hilltop Pritzker residence.

Development notes: Crossroads of the World, Windsor Square

Crossroads-Curbed.jpg One of Hollywood's most visible landmarks is the site of a proposed mega-project.

Actually unusual weather: 'Reverse spring' in LA

gray-over-bay-vdt.jpg March was warmer than April or May. Last time that happened: 1921.

Jue Joe Ranch in the middle of the Valley (photos)

jue-joe-barn-side.jpg An old barn and packing shed remain from an asparagus ranch where a Chinese immigrant family thrived before the San Fernando Valley became the suburbs.

Park Service now tracks lions in the Verdugo Mountains too

p-41-sly-nps.jpg P-41, an adult male weighing 130 pounds, was tagged and released on May 7 in the mountain range above Burbank and Glendale.

Mid-week news and notes

westwood-leconte-bike-lane.jpg I've been storing up for a few days.

First grave in the LA veterans cemetery

lanc-flags-long-52415.jpg My post for Memorial Day includes a book excerpt and a visit to Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Saturday egg sluts

egg-slutsters.jpg These lucky few slutsters got seats at the counter.of Egg Slut in Grand Central Market.

'Sunken City' in San Pedro may reopen to the public

sunkencity-ktla.jpg The 1920s landslide zone apparently is safe enough to let people in during the day.

Found video: Downtown LA in color in 1946

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 12.23.42 PM.jpg Fun stock footage posted on the Internet Archive. Clifton's, the Golden Gopher, the Rialto and other theaters make appearances.

Secrets of the LA mountain lions

p-32-as-kitten.jpg How long P-22 was under the house in Los Feliz, the lion cubs who crossed the 101 freeway and how many pets have been found at lion kills in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Personal OC media stories 40 years after Saigon

tracy-wood-1973.jpg Tracy Wood, now at Voice of OC, learned lessons about official corruption covering the Vietnam War that keep coming into play in her coverage of government.

An atlas of LA's multitudes

LAfreeways.jpg LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, a new book just out from Heyday, whole-heartedly embraces the Whitmanesque myth of Los Angeles: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." Book launch events at Clockshop and Skylight Books on May 2 and 3.

NBC4 investigates food poisoning at LA restaurants

nb4-food-poisoning-map.jpg County health inspections are spotty even at restaurants with confirmed cases of poisoning, says report by Joel Grover.

23 years after LA riots, a project for Vermont and Manchester

vermontvillage.jpg Groundbreaking is set today for a $200 million retail and entertainment center to be built on the site of a swap meet burned down in the 1992 riots, which began on this date.

The view from the river

Bowtie.jpg No part of the natural or built environment is as emblematic of the third Los Angeles as the river, Christopher Hawthorne said as he brought to a close his "Third Los Angeles Project."

The Angeleno who would be president of Armenia

armenian-march-for-justice-fb.jpg Raffi Hovannisian grew up in LA, a member of the Armenian diaspora in California. His son, the director of "2015," explains why Hovannisian went back to the homeland.

Aaron Paley to step down as head of CicLAvia

aaron-paley-bw.jpg The CicLAvia organization will conduct a national search for an executive director.

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 Señora 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.