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la-mag-grab-broad.jpg Broad tells Los Angeles Magazine the city needs "better political leadership and better citizen and corporate leadership than it’s had." He also confirms he is still trying to buy the LA Times.

Amy and Samy and Ana Garcia

Thumbnail image for ana-garcia-at-city-hall.jpg Ana Garcia, the former KNBC anchor and investigative reporter, shows up on a new issue of "Kitchen Nightmares" interviewing the overheated proprietors of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Joel Grover story on NBC4, Scientology book win IRE awards*

grover-in-harms-way.jpg Channel 4's investigation of tour bus accidents and Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" are cited by the judges, as well as an investigation into LA-area rehab scams. Details inside.
chile-quake-intensitymap.jpg Tsunami warnings were called for the upper west coast of South America, with warnings as far north as Mexico. But the tsunami threat has passed.

Can a Marine general transform California State Parks?

jc-mg-200-names.jpg Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret) may be the perfect leader to modernize the quasi-military corps of California State Parks, but can he transform the hidebound agency into an organization focused on understanding and satisfying its customers?

Hobie Alter, designer of surfboards and catamarans was 80

HobieAlter-maki-grindtv.jpg Alter opened the first surf shop in Dana Point in 1954 and became "the godfather of the surf industry." A memorial paddle out will be held in front of his family home in Laguna Beach.

Condors to be released into the wild on cam

condor-cam-empty.jpg Four endangered California condors are scheduled to be released in Big Sur at 10 a.m. by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists in collaboration with the Oakland Zoo.

Talk of a 'super' El Niño out in the Pacific

el-nino-visualization.jpg Based on recent developments, some scientists think this event may rival the record El Niño event of 1997-1998. If that does happen, 2015 would almost be guaranteed to set a record for the warmest year on Earth, says a report.

Old Sunkist sign emerges from rubble of packing house

sunkist-sign-upland.jpg Inland Valley Bulletin columnist David Allen spotted the faded Sunkist logo that reappeared during demolition of a century-old packing house in Upland. "This sign was like an apparition, the Ghost of Citrus Past."

Church surrounded by palm trees

palms-central-luth-church-l.jpg The heart of old Van Nuys is lousy with mature fan palms. Indiscriminate placement is the rule.

LA's first carmageddon: building the freeways

405-swath-wla.jpg The freeway building boom that began with the Arroyo Seco Parkway in the late 1930s and continued for three decades made the city of four million people possible, but the damage done to neighborhoods and whole communities across Los Angeles was painful and, as we now know, permanent and scarring.

A peek behind the Machado Lake restoration story

machadolake.jpg An LA Times story, about one of city's most important environmental restoration projects ever, missed the backstory. Here it is.

Thriving in the desert

windswept grave, Pet Cemetery Desert Hot Springs 3-14.JPG If you think the desert of Southern California is dead, you're not alive. Some photos from a recent trip.

Bringing 'la noria' back to the LA River

waterwheel_sketch2.jpg Artist Lauren Bon has won approval from the LA City Council to build an enormous water wheel on the LA River near downtown. Bon will be discussing the project in a public conversation on March 22, World Water Day, in Lincoln Heights.

Mario and Dominic: The love story continues

mario+dominic+ehrler-grab.jpg CBS News caught up the other day with Dominic Ehrler on his daily visit to the Los Angeles Zoo to feed his friend Mario, the goose that bonded with Ehrler several years ago at Echo Park Lake.

Register parent launching Spanish-language weekly in LA County

Unidos-logo.jpg Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register and the forthcoming LA Register, says it will introduce a new Spanish-language weekly newspaper called Unidos en el Sur de California on March 21. The weekly will combine the existing SoCal Spanish-language papers, Excelsior and La Prensa.

Hollywood Bowl gets new benches

hwd-bowl-benches-zevweb.jpg The cracked, splintering benches at the upper level of the Hollywood Bowl were last replaced in 1981. New benches of Alaskan yellow cedar are now being installed.

Pasadena palm weed looks ridiculous

palm-in-pasadena-lynell-george.jpg It's a little sad that some people find the fan palms growing out of Los Angeles area sidewalks and pavement cracks to be exotic — even iconic. Author and journalism prof Lynell George knows better.

Gotta love the Pacific Ocean

noaa-wx-map-calif-22714.jpg Awesome weather map. The free water will be here Friday morning.

Three mountain lions at a kill, starring P-13 and cubs

p-30-in-mtns-smnra.jpg The bar for getting us to pay attention to local cougar photos keeps being raised. This new batch from the Santa Monica Mountains meets the test.

Red Cars waiting to be crushed

red-cars-george-mann-vla.jpg Vintage LA on Facebook is posting images released for the first time by photographer George Mann. This cropped photo shows Pacific Electric cars piled up on Terminal Island in 1963

City and river without end

MacAdams and Snyder.jpg The talk was billed as "L.A. Stories: Gary Snyder." And it brought a crowd to the LA Public Library late Friday afternoon to hear the grand old man of the Beat generation. But the real showstopper was our own Lewis MacAdams, the poet laureate of the LA River.

In the SoCal mountains with trail camera trackers

cougar-magic-lion.jpg Johanna Turner and Denis Callet are friends who met through their shared pursuit of capturing trail photos of the LA area's mountain lions, bears, foxes and other fauna.

Red tells the story: California drought still big and bad

Even after last week's heavy rainfall up north, the drought maps are still a dry sea of red. And oh by the way, it looks as if the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge may be re-forming out in the Pacific.

A twisted tale: Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel

peanut-filled-pretzels.jpg The trouble began when Trader Joe’s allegedly switched suppliers, cutting out Aliso Viejo’s Maxim Marketing in favor of giant ConAgra Foods. Maxim has not gone quietly.

Humpback mother and calf off Maui (drone video)

maui-whales-by-drone.jpg Justin Edwards and his drone camera lingered above two humpback whales swimming in the channel off Maui on Valentine's Day.

A red and white and traffic all over valentine

3rd & Vermont Feb. 14 2014.JPG Ferrari in love on a warm Valentine's Day.

Luis J. Rodríguez samples the lowrider life of Tokyo

luis-j-rodriguez.jpg Luis J. Rodríguez, the author and recently announced candidate for governor of California, writes in a new collection about an exchange with lowrider aficionados in Japan.

Ten of LA's culinary power couples

gergis-menashe-of-bestia.jpg You've got Suzanne Goin and David Lentz (A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern, the Hungry Cats), Genevieve Gergis and Ori Menashe (above, Bestia) and more.

Broad Museum opening delayed until 2015

broad-plaza-rendering.jpg When the museum does open on Bunker Hill, there will be a public plaza and a restaurant whose partners include Bill Chait of Bestia and alums of Thomas Keller restaurants.

Grief has no deadline, an LA writer learns

watts-towers-sign.jpg Jocelyn Y. Stewart used to cover hard news for the Los Angeles Times, an assignment that often took her into the South LA neighborhood where she grew up to cover homicides and other crimes. Then one night, late, her phone rang.

Great new photo of the Beatles' 1964 LA party

beatles-in-la-vintagela.jpg Alison Martino has posted perhaps the most fun picture yet, at her Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook. It names several current LA figures, now grown up.

Lisker Chronicles: Bruce Lisker waits for justice

lisker-in-hottub.jpg Bruce Lisker has spent much of his life waiting. At 17, accused of murdering his mother, he waited for his trial to begin. Now after 26 years in prison, he is building a married life and still waiting.

Jumbo, the doctor will see you now

Animal Care Center, feeding Dixie and Ken1 1-24-14.JPG For a zoological veterinarian, the range of patients spans aardvarks to zebras.

Even Silver Lake doesn't want you to call it 'Eastside' *

silver-lake-promo-sign.jpg The old Eastside versus Faux Eastside debate is back, this time at the level of neighborhood council. Silver Lake's council advises you not to call them Eastside (not that we would.)
uscgc-halibu-logo.jpg Two men from Ensenada were convicted of ramming a Coast Guard inflatable, throwing Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III into the water near Santa Cruz Island. He suffered a fatal injury in the 2012 incident.

Streetscape: High clouds over LAPD
highlcouds-lapd-bldg-pal.jpgHard to take a picture in this town without getting a palm tree. Bigger
Van Nuys church
Central Lutheran Church surrounded by palm trees. View bigger
Ridiculous palm weed
Spotted in Pasadena by author Lynell George, who knows her ridiculous palms. Bigger
LA cougars
p-30-in-mtns-smnra.jpgThree mountain lions at a kill, starring P-13 and cubs. More pics
Lion trackers
cougar-magic-lion.jpgSoCal's trail camera trackers. Story
LA Observed list
Richest, biggest and most valuable in Los Angeles. List
Huntington acquires Marquez collection
sm-beach-visitors-marquez.jpgVisitors to Santa Monica Beach in the 1880s, from the photography collection of Ernest Marquez. More
Skyline DTLA
The view from the roof deck of the Ace Hotel on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Bigger. LAO.
Another ridiculous LA palm tree
palm-north-main-ridic.jpgDowntown fan palm shows pluck but little else. Kevin Roderick
Endless winter
Lazy Saturday at Free Zuma on the west end of Point Dume. More
Night Vision: DTLA
night-vision-toy-lofts.jpgChristmas Eve over Downtown Los Angeles, from the roof of the Toy Factory lofts. Iris Schneider's Night Vision series.
Night Vision: Lucky Deli
Lucky Deli Chinatown scene by Iris Schneider. Bigger at Native Intelligence
Transit shift
culver-city-station-expo.jpgA study finds the Expo Line to Culver City has gotten some Angelenos out of their cars and measurably reduced driving trips. Read
Baldwin Hills dam disaster
baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpgIn the formative years of TV news in Los Angeles, KTLA had the helicopter and the breaking news audience. Read more
Streetscape: Burbank
Tinhorn Flats Saloon, West Magnolia Boulevard, city of Burbank. See bigger.
Stained glass
stained-glass-eave.jpgWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Bus stop for giants
There's plenty of seating at the bus stop outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Bigger
Counting LA swimming pools
Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.36.13 PM.jpgIt's all about the map. Read more
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.
Streetscape: Emmy campaign signs
emmy adsIn LA, even the political campaign lawn signs are for Hollywood. Veronique de Turenne
Oscars on Wilshire

oscars-civlavia-rhoffman.jpgRodney Hoffman's Flickr stream of photos from Ciclavia includes Oscar statuettes outside the academy's future museum. See more.

Sidewalk piñatas
pinatas-dtla-jg.jpgPiñatas for sale on Olympic Boulevard at Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger.
Streetscape: Mar Vista market
mar-vista-market-lao.jpgA day of sunshine brought out a crowd to the Sunday farmers market on Grandview Avenue. Bigger