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Jonathan Gold: Pretense of anonymity ends today

goldpulitzer.jpg With a documentary on him debuting at Sundance, the restaurant reviewer says he will no longer pretend that no one knows it's him.

When Martin Luther King spoke in Los Angeles

MLK-ucla-janss-steps.jpg Three more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches in the Los Angeles area are in the news this MLK Day.

La Cienega Norms display cases: empty

norms-display-case-vla.jpg City Cultural Heritage Commission votes to take Norms status under advisement.

Demo permit issued for Norms La Cienega

norms-la-cienega.jpg An exuberant example of the California coffee shop type and an expressive Googie masterwork by Armet & Davis, the LA Conservancy says.

Just where is downtown Los Angeles anyway?

traffic-pattern-map.jpg Defining the borders of downtown remains an uncertain task, writes KCET's Nathan Masters.

OR7 goes Rogue, gets wolf pack status

or7-oregonfw.jpg The gray wolf that roamed Northern California and his pack of a mate and cubs now have a federal designation.

1939 Los Angeles County org chart*

county-org-chart-1939.jpg Los Angeles County was a much different place in 1939. Boy was it.

Meet the man trying to fix LA's zoning

skyline-from-getty.jpg Tom Rothmann is the senior city planner overseeing Re:code LA, which could rein in some of the confusion and excesses of LA's protection of neighborhoods.

Is the gang era in Los Angeles ending?

gangs-sam-quinones-ps.jpg Journalist Sam Quinones writes that street gangs have been retreating from public view all over Southern California for a few years now.

Inglewood is Curbed's LA 'neighborhood of the year'

randys-donuts-640.jpg Sure, it's a whole city, but Inglewood is on the rise. So it counts.

Harbor Patrol officer on Catalina killed in windstorm*

catalina-scene-web.jpg The officer was killed last night when he was trapped between a loose boat and rocks near the Green Pleasure Pier.

What will you pack for 2015?

Malcolm.jpg On the 40th anniversary of Heyday--an independent, nonprofit publisher dedicated to promoting California's many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas--Jon Christensen asks publisher Malcolm Margolin what he would pack for the future of California.

UCLA prof says freeways are a fitting place for protesters

bruins-close-405.jpg Is protesting on the freeway "historically appropriate," as the professor argues, or "insanity," as then-LAPD chief Bill Bratton quipped. Here's the argument.

David Garth, NY consultant who helped elect Tom Bradley, was 84

david-garth-bradley.jpg Garth, a small, pugnacious political consultant, always said that in a campaign Bugs Bunny beats Daffy Duck -- the smooth unruffled character beats the berserk fool.

Larry Cano, founder of El Torito, dies at 90

oc-weekly-cano-cover.jpg Another of LA's chain restaurant pioneers passes away. He 'popularized the concept of the sit-down Mexican chain.'

CTG grapples with branding, the British and a baby

luna-gale-ctg.jpg More than once, I've asked publicly how Center Theatre Group can possibly justify branding itself as 'LA's Theatre Company.' So I was fascinated when Diane Rodriguez, one of CTG's three associate artistic directors, raised the subject in an interview. Plus: Current stage reviews.

Do #blacklivesmatter to greens?

blacklivesmatter.jpg A dramatic, wrenching, and potentially pivotal story is unfolding in the environmental movement right now. It came to a head last week after Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, posted messages in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter.

Mountain lion P-22 looking healthy again

p-22-dec2014-nps.jpg Griffith Park's urban mountain lion has recovered from mange and poisoning. But what about the Twitter photo of a possible second lion up in the canyons?

Instagram becomes more global, but SoCal still on top

dodger-stadium-top-deck-32.jpg Dodger Stadium is now the second most-Instagrammed location in the world, after Disneyland, but SoCal destinations no longer dominate the Top 10 list.

CicLAvia heads south next weekend: map and info

ciclavia-logo-southla.jpg Sunday's South LA event will be held on the 40th anniversary of the first ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, and the cofounder will be on hand as an honored guest.

LA needs a Department of Interstitial Spaces

AnotherCityThumb2.jpg Jeremy Rosenberg's new book "Under Spring" chronicles the extraordinary transformation of a very ordinary space under the North Spring Street Bridge. Revealing the possibilities alive in the past, it should attune us to the potential of 12,309 public places like "Under Spring" around LA--and the possibilities for activating "interstitial spaces" throughout the city.

Another 130 arrested in LA protests last night

arrests-dtla-abc7.jpg Activist Jasmyne Cannick, among the arrested, says flat out no dispersal orders were given by the LAPD at 6th and Hope streets. She is tweeting about her experience.

Still life: Nate 'n Al's on a Saturday

nate-als-stillife.jpg One in a (possibly) occasional LA Observed series.

Second night of scattered protests in LA a bit uglier (updates)

arrests-flower-nbc4grab.jpg A small group broke off from a protest in front of LAPD headquarters to run onto the 101 freeway at Grand Avenue and drop objects from the street above. Traffic stopped on the freeway without any injuries as far as I can tell.

Protesters block two freeways and some streets*

protesters-block-110-fwy.jpg There was no real trouble reported as of 11:30 p.m., just some blocked traffic as protesters laid down in intersections and brief closures of the 10 freeway at La Brea and the 110 freeway by the Convention Center downtown.

Photos: Great LA Walk on Ventura Boulevard

great-la-walk-fleetwood.jpg Michael Schneider's Great LA Walk marked its ninth year by traversing Ventura Boulevard from Woodland Hills east across the Valley to Universal City, then up to North Hollywood.

Virus wiping out the sea stars has been identified

diseased-sea-star-ucsc.jpg Scientists think they know now what has killed millions of starfish along the Pacific coast, though they aren't so sure why. The destruction has been quite visible in tide pools.

Why 'drank the Kool-Aid' is offensive, especially here

jonestown-massacre.jpg A former reporter argues that everyone should stop using the phrase and remember the tragedy that spawned it. A congressman and three California journalists were among the 918 dead in Guyana 37 years ago today.

I, Jackass

Muir obit.jpg In which columnist Jon Christensen apologizes for offending many dear readers and friends by telling the LA Times that John Muir's legacy "has got to go," while explaining what he meant, and hoping that in the process he is not digging himself a deeper hole.

Water the grass less -- but don't forget the trees

jacaranda-mar-vista.jpg Drought gardener and blogger Emily Green wants people to remember that they need to deep-water their trees or the drought can have a worse effect than necessary.

Streetscape: Sidewalk homeless colony

homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg A homeless encampment on Saturday on Virgil Avenue, beside the Hollywood Freeway in what the blue signs call Wilshire Center.

KOST FM goes holiday music, KHJ going 'Immaculate'

kost-fm-grab.jpg It's Christmas season already on KOST, and next week venerable KHJ switches to all-Catholic radio.

Doc Paskowitz, California surfing legend, dies at 93

RIPdoc-paskowitz.jpg Dorian Paskowitz was a Stanford-trained doctor who raised nine children on the beach in Orange County, surfed the world and even tried to make peace on the Gaza Strip. He "lived the ultimate surfing life."
internet-service-grafic.jpg A new report concludes that LA "has among the slowest, most expensive internet services in the industrialized world."

Problems with pelicans*

Pelican-Dreams-Morro & Dani Nicholson - Copy.jpg California brown pelicans are no longer endangered, but they still fight to survive.

We have a new worst sidewalk-vs-ficus example in LA

sidewalk-ficus-ben-lomond.jpg I'd say the ficus tree has definitively won this battle on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.



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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
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Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Ridiculous palm weeds
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Sky and palm
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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
Scythed chariot
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Fans at KCON
kpop-emoting.jpg Fans swoon at LA's big Korean music festival. More photos by Iris Schneider
Sylmar ranchette
rancho-temblor-sylmar.jpgSylmar ranch still evokes the disaster of 1971.
Under the 405
under-405-parthenia.jpgHomeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills. LA Observed photo
DTLA strand
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On a pleasant summer Friday, the fountain in Grand Park becomes a concrete beach. See bigger / Joel Sappell
Mazursky's table at Farmers Market
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Mental health 'emergency' on Skid Row
deon-joseph-dtla.jpgSenior lead officer Deon Joseph has seen it bad. But not like this. Post
Route 66 at the Autry
rte-66-Dixon.jpgThe story of Route 66 could not be more mixed in with the story of Los Angeles. Some highlights
At home with Olivia Munn
olivia-munn-vogue-grab.jpgFast answers to 73 questions from Vogue magazine. Video
Union Station at 75
union-station-construction-acp.jpgPalm trees were planted even before the 1939 opening. Story and photos
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 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
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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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