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Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff

gustavo-arellano.jpg Read the memos: A new foreign editor, columnist and replacements for the late Jonathan Gold are among the positions in the latest roundup. Also an abrupt exit from the Times masthead and an updated lineup for the senior editor group.

Pink's Hot Dogs

LAO__PattMorrison@Pinks.jpg Patt Morrison at the La Brea Avenue stand's 78th anniversary celebration

My father's table saw

Harvey-Sachs-Westlake-Village-building-patio-overhang.jpg CBS newsman Harvey Sachs was a different man on weekends. Since his passing, his table saw has cut the scenery for dozens of plays at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.

New seasons of SoCal Connected, Lost LA on KCET

LOSTLASeason3NathanYosemite.jpg "SoCal Connected" returns Oct. 9 with a new focus on long-form investigative documentary pieces, starting with the LA Times and other local newsrooms in transition.
p-70-through-73-nps.jpg Cities again barred from prosecuting the homeless. Hands across the aisle at USC. Much more.

Racism on film, and in the street

kkk-display-joel-bellman.jpg Joel Bellman: As disappointing as "BlacKKKlansman" was, it triggered my curiosity about other films prominently featuring Klan storylines. There I discovered some interesting things.
rosey-alvero.jpg KCET debuts "SoCal Wanderer" with Rosey Alvero. The Wall Street Journal gets a new bureau chief. Plus other moves in local media.

Why Jonathan Gold's body of work will be read by historians

jonathan-gold-truck.jpg Harold Meyerson: Jonathan spoke for the new American food, but ultimately, more importantly, for that new America itself.

Jonathan Gold, LA's preeminent food writer, has died at 57

jgold-scene-grab.jpg The restaurant critic, cultural anthropologist and voice of Los Angeles found out this month that he had pancreatic cancer.

Bimini Baths in 1927

bimini-baths-acsc.jpg Nice photo of the long-gone bathhouse and swimming facility from the Auto Club of Southern California archives.

Four lion kittens found and tagged in Simi Hills

p-68-nps.jpg The kittens, all females, were born to P-62 and are the first litter to be tagged in the hills north of the 101 freeway.

Vivid memories of the Ambassador Hotel, RFK and Donald Trump

Ambassador_Hotel_main_entrance-lapl.jpg Stephen Sachs: Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Night of the living scorpion

scorpion3 near Art Smith Tr. 5-18 - Copy.JPG Desert-dwelling scorpions are difficult to see by day, but at night, they shine.

Noted

saute pan2 4-18 - Copy.JPG Tips for cooking with fowl: don't.
lariver-rendering-curbed.jpg LA Observed Notes: Media moves, books and authors, media people, place notes and selected tweets.

Stunning: Mountain lion family on camera in the San Gabriels

mountain-lion-family-martinez.jpg Trail cams placed by Robert Martinez catch a mother and three cubs in the mountains above Glendora.

Nate 'n Al's in play, sexual abuse of swimmers, cougar kills horse

nate-n-al-sign.jpg Talking Points: A trip down Whittier Boulevard. Trump vs journalism. City bans cellphones in crosswalks. And more.

Lunar eclipse, 5 a.m., Palm Desert

super blue blood moon3 1-31-18 5 am - Copy.JPG The super blue blood moon early Wednesday morning was a private eclipse showing for a sleepy photographer with an anemic lens.

USC sells Coliseum name to United Airlines

coliseum-1932oly-lapl.jpg Gag on this, Angelenos: United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.

Barnes & Noble closes in Santa Monica

bn-sm.jpg That leaves one chain bookstore west of the Grove, unless you count the new Amazon store in Century City.

Du-par's Studio City

LAO__Biff-Naylor_DuPars.jpg Gary catches owner Biff Naylor on closing day at Du-par's restaurant on Ventura Boulevard.

LA Observed Notes: Getting ready for 2018

mysse-pigeons.jpg LA Times journalists vote on a union this week. Plus the most-clicked story of 2017, Hollywood women organize, notes on media politics and place, and selected tweets.

Bruce Brown, surfing filmmaker of 'The Endless Summer,' dies at 80

endless-summer-bbfilms.jpg Endless Summer changed the image of surfers and surfing culture in the 1960s and made Brown a legend on the beach.

LA Observed Notes: Fires in December and much more

cat-person-illo.jpg Doyle McManus leaving LAT, new LA Weekly gets an editor, Jerry Brown on "60 Minutes," bad sheriffs, media notes and a good read that's not really about cats.
cal-sunday-teens-issue.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and notes. This time: award winners, media notes and selected tweets, plus a magazine issue on teenagers.
detail_balance-ed-fuentes.jpg One venue for the muralist and educator is simply not enough, so here are some others.

Disney Hall

LAO_LA_Phil.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual harassment by media men

charlie-rose-close.jpg And more: Assemblyman will resign over women's accounts. Garcetti ambitions "not insane." Jim Newton needles the Times. Media people and selected tweets.

Charles Manson dies 48 years after the murders that changed LA

manson-1970-wally-fong.jpg "Many people I know in Los Angeles believed the '60s ended abruptly on Aug. 9, 1969," Joan Didion wrote of the most notorious multiple murders in Los Angeles history.

Passing the years in Mar Vista

mar-vista-joggers-molly.jpg Molly Selvin: I've now lived here 34 years, not counting the ten years in my parents' house just blocks away or the three years my husband and I left for various adventures.

History matters even in Los Angeles

space-to-lead-skyline.jpg The past shapes the future, and that was the theme of a report released Thursday, "Space To Lead: A Century of Civic Leadership In Los Angeles."

Shop at a Metro station

bill-300.jpg Banks, ATMs, retail and restaurants at Metro stations would produce revenue and be a great convenience for riders.
lat-guild-signs-newsroom.jpg Plus two weekend pieces examine Harvey Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister, and Pulitzer talk for Ronan Farrow.

LA Observed Notes: Shame on Disney, a runner writes and more

LEPPER-SOCIAL.jpg The scandal that won't go away. An LAT columnist apologizes. Job movies, an invite from the New York Times and other media notes.

LA Observed Notes: LAT's turn to break sex harassment news

spanish-girl-lacma.jpg Selected scandal reading from Lupita Nyong'o's amazing piece to Quentin Tarantino's quasi mea culpa. Plus heat, Dodgers, media news and selected tweets.

Why we never see a movie where the dog dies

THE-STRAY_movie-card.jpg The review on "The Stray" seemed to go out of its way to make it clear that that the dog doesn't die in this one. Sigh.
arellano-taco.jpg Dodgers walk off in game 2. The obstacles to covering Hollywood. Media notes, moves and changes. Plus selected tweets.
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.



Engine Co. 17
engine-co-17-side.jpg Inside the long-closed Arts District fire station on Santa Fe Avenue.
Wilshire Grand Center lobby
wilshire-grand-lobby-wall.jpg Visitors check out the wall-mounted sculpture by artist Do Ho Suh.
Barnsdall Park
barnsdall-park-trees.jpg Under the trees.
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.
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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