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Yamashiro closure plan leaves weddings in disarray

yamashiro-inner-garden.jpg The old owner is still fighting eviction by the Chinese buyer of the Hollywood hillside landmark.

California observed: 40 million and counting

405-looking-north.jpg The state's population is officially nudging 40 million and Los Angeles has gone over four million.

Sheriff's chief of staff resigns over racist email jokes

sheriff-car-lao.jpg Tom Angel forwarded derogatory jokes and as criticism built, McDonnell couldn't save him.

Bernie's first time on TV: 'Looks like the village idiot'

bernie-sanders-in-1972.png The time was 1972. Sanders says, "I would never vote for a bum like that!”

For first time, panel urges parole of Leslie Van Houten

van-houten-in-jail-color.jpg Before the former Charles Manson follower could actually get parole, the full state parole board and Gov. Jerry Brown would have to approve.

Moody desert

a.m. Blueridge Court 4-8-16.jpg It's damp, it's gray, it's oh-so-welcome weather in the preternaturally sunny desert.

LA losing its native black widow spiders

brown-widow-kcet.jpg Brown widow spiders from Africa are becoming the region's dominant venomous spider.

An open letter from the Rafu Shimpo

Rafu-staff-Circa-1920s.jpg The publisher says the money-losing, 103-year-old journal of LA's Japanese American community will have to close this year unless something changes.

Beginning of the end for us and Vin Scully

vin-on-plane-jonsoohoo-dodgers.jpg Dodgers official photographer Jon SooHoo begins to chronicle the final season.

Hollywood versus the freeway that carries its name

cahuenga_valley_parkway_postcard.jpg Lost LA's Nathan Masters curates a look at the urban carnage wrought by construction of the Hollywood Freeway in the 1950s.

For John Simmons, it all started in the '60s

simmons-Alijendro Santiago (Oaa=xaca MX. 2014).jpg Cinematographer John Simmons first turned his eye on the black community in Chicago. His exhibit is in Koreatown until April 10.

City of irreconcilable dreams

dream-cities-cover-320.jpg A new history of urban ideas offers a cautionary tale about the dreams that have shaped LA and the big new ideas we hope might shape the city of the future.

Lucy Jones is retiring from USGS and quakes

lucy-jones-bridge.jpg She remains at Caltech and will work more on the effects of climate change and global warming.

Photo: Another Starbucks coming in Santa Monica

starbucks-pico-sm.jpg A former stand-alone Kentucky Fried Chicken on Pico Boulevard is well along in its conversion.

Hummers hatch

mom and baby hummers3 3-12-16 - Copy.JPG The avian neonatal unit is full.

After P-22 kills the zoo's koala, what now?

p-22-close-dec2015.jpg The mountain lion's long-term prognosis doesn't get any better on the news that he's probably preying on the LA Zoo's animals now.

Trailer for 'City of Gold,' film about Jonathan Gold

jgold-screen-grab.jpg The documentary opens Friday in Los Angeles and New York.

Superbugs? Toilet to tap is safer than surfing*

Hyperion-Treatment-Plant.jpg I'm happy whenever infrastructure gets on the front page. But here's what really keeps a scientist up at night.

Russ Parsons purges his cookbooks after 30 years

parsons-cookbook.jpg The former LA Times food editor donated upwards of 500 cookbooks to the Long Beach Public Library. But it wasn't easy.

Another great old map from Glen Creason of LAPL

wonder-city-map.jpg There is too much wallowing in LA history by local media and blogs, but the regular maps feature from Los Angeles Magazine doesn't count.

Monday news and notes: Politics, media and more

sunset-mag-oakland.jpg Competing ballot measures on housing in LA. Rising crime rates. Winter heat is back. And much more.

Birds aborning in the desert

hummingbird nest1 - blueridge 2-20-16 - Copy.JPG A tiny visitor has moved in and created a neonatal unit.

Jose Antonio Vargas and the LA Times agree to break up

jose-antonio-vargas-michael-conti.jpg His #EmergingUS seeks to raise $1 million in 60 days in a new partnership with Beacon.

Paris Photo Los Angeles is cancelled

PPLA_2015.jpg The organizers blame lack of a mature market for art fairs in Los Angeles.

Artist gives his childhood Manhattan Beach house a big sendoff

manhattan-beach-house-iris.jpg Photos of Gary Sweeney's childhood are visible from the street, with guided tours each Wednesday in February. The house will seen be razed.

Did someone mention a lake?

stadium-site-satellite.jpg Some environmentally conscious ideas for the NFL stadium planned for Inglewood.

News and notes: Politics, media and place

Dennis-Romero-photo-by-Aaron-Salcido.jpg Catching up to a week's worth of media moves and hires, political notes and a whole lot more.

Locations for 'Hail, Caesar!' and 'Birth of a Nation'

boan-tree-study-bengston.jpg If you enjoy spotting LA locations in Hollywood movies, you'll like this.

New tarantula near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash

johnny-cash-tarantula.jpg It's a bit of a stretch, but why not? The spider and the singer both dress in black.

New group to push for faster revival on Broadway

NBLA-Postcard-front.jpg Time for the Broadway theater and entertainment district to be a year-round draw, says longtime activist Hillsman Wright.

Taking in Locol, Roy Choi's new Watts restaurant

locol-choi-poses-iris.jpg The mood one day at lunch was jubilant. The celebrity chef was exhausted but happy.

Tom Bradley documentary goes national on PBS

tom-bradley-at-mic.jpg "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" runs Thursday night at 8 p.m. on PBS SoCal.

An Angelena adopts Palo Alto but misses home

palo-alto-apple-store.jpg Molly Selvin didn't realize how much she would miss the crazy salad of Los Angeles.

Parrots heal LA veterans, and the other way too

parrot-care-parrot.jpg At the VA campus off Wilshire Boulevard, damaged birds and veterans are getting over their PTSD.

How LACMA located an authentic zoot suit

zoot-suit-lacma-640crop.jpg For an exhibition on menswear fashion through the years, a zoot suit seemed essential to include.

The story behind one cool LA map

Greater-LASMALL.jpg In this map, it's the mountains and the relationship of the ranges and rivers that make it special.

Homework table
verve-homework-table.jpgThe communal table at Verve Coffee Roasters on Spring Street is always packed.
iglesia-aposento-alto-sv.jpgIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
LA's ghost streets
la-ghost-streets.jpgWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More
Down by the river
la-river-egyptiangeese-sklar.jpgEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Griffith Observatory in the '30s
griffith-observatory-30s-bentley.jpgDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Lines of miscommunication
now:under:no.jpgOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
mannequin-heads-jg.jpgLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of Cities
foc-cocktails.jpgAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Dorothea Lange's LA photos
dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpgDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Visiting mom at Clifton's
cliftons-workers-rr.jpg Visiting mom's ashes, that is.
Trains in Santa Monica
expoline-clear-train-sm.jpgTrains return to Santa Monica (for testing) after 60 years.
The edge
ocean-vdt.jpg The view at the edge of the continent. Veronique de Turenne
LA's newest mountain lions
p-43-kitten.jpgKittens P-43 and P-44 caught and tagged.
LA's lizard season
baby-lizard-nhmla.jpgBaby lizards are all around in August. Story
Studying LA coyotes
coyote-dtla-nps.jpgWhere two Central LA coyotes go. Map
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
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.