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Candidate Garcetti returns from Iowa to give State of the City

garcetti-hardhat-mzb.jpg The mayor has now been to the four early nominating states for the 2020 presidential election. But Monday it's a speech in Los Angeles.

March For Our Lives in DTLA

march-enough-iris.jpg An estimated 55,000 people took part in Saturday's Los Angeles march. Photos from Iris Schneider.

Garcetti urged to consider a Latino for police chief

bill-300.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti, facing one of the toughest decisions of his career, is being urged to consider a Latino to replace Police Chief Charlie Beck, who is retiring.

Garcetti wants all L.A. to welcome homeless housing

bill-300.jpg Under fire from his hometown paper, Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will work on a plan for every Los Angeles community to agree to accept housing for the homeless.

Some data for Garcetti to know before selecting next LAPD chief

garcett-beck-lamayor.jpg Fernando J. Guerra: The two recent forces that have most altered Los Angeles for the better have been demographic change and real police reform.

Home-schooled in civics

official biz sign2 - Copy.jpg Ellen Alperstein: Being a good citizen, my parents taught me, makes America greater.

LA Observed Notes: Guild vote isn't even the top LA Times story

women-march-garcetti.jpg The LA Times staff voted union but there's a lot more going on. Val Zavala retires from KCET. Remembering Ed Moses and Greg Critser.

Into Action: Pop-up politics in LA

Elizabeth-Rodriguez--Jackie-Huerta-Jessica-Huerta.jpg A new kind of pop-up was working through Sunday at the northern end of Chinatown.

Ridley-Thomas vs. marijuana

Mark_Ridley-Thomas_wikipedia.jpg Many public officials are already enthusiastically counting the tax dollars that legalization of marijuana will bring into their public treasuries, but not Mark Ridley-Thomas of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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.

Housing-homeless up to Garcetti, Ridley-Thomas

wilshire-homeless-camp.jpg Pressure will be heavy on Mayor Eric Garcetti and County supervisors board chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas to show much more progress with the so-far insoluble housing-homeless problem.

Album: Images from Alabama

HipstamaticPhoto-walker.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider recently visited Alabama to volunteer for Senate candidate Doug Jones.

My primer on self-preservation via political action

jones-voters-happy-iris.jpg Iris Schneider: So many people have asked about my recent expedition into the deep South to work on the Doug Jones campaign, I thought this might be helpful.

Season of the witch

Franken-at-the-stake.jpg.jpeg in which Joel Bellman argues that it's not witches, but the witch-hunters, that we should really fear these days.

Bonin: emergency action needed for homeless

bill-300.jpg Homelessness is an emergency, says Councilman Mike Bonin, and requires a response equal to what the federal disaster agency does when a hurricane strikes

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.

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.

Vicente Fox and Mayor Garcetti

LAO_Fox&Garcettipsd.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Donald Trump and the extermination of memory

luxor.jpg Trump seems to be pursuing his own personal damnatio memoriae against the nation's first black president out of pure spite.

David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong

LAO_MikeFongElectionEve.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

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

Biggest maybe, but not close to the worst LA brush fire

latuna-fire-lacty.jpg This weekend's fire in Los Angeles isn't even the worst La Tuna Canyon fire in recent times.

Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back

p59-p60-nps.jpg Today's Bullet Points include LA Times newsroom love for a fired editor, pink blobs in Echo Park, media notes and selected tweets.

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.

Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire

1973Nazis-TomBradleyInaug.jpg Bullet Points: An LA Republican discusses Trump. Nazis in LA. A new reporter in town. Tommy Hawkins dies.

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.

Rendon fights for neglected Southeast

lynwood-street-sign.jpg Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon counts construction cranes in downtown Los Angeles. It helps him compare booming downtown to his economically depressed and neglected district in Southeast Los Angeles County.

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.

Mendoza plan: sneaky or reform?

bill-300.jpg Why should a voter in Butte County, deep in the northern part of the state, have a say in how Los Angeles County is governed?

Now on stage, the apocalypse

onstage-jb.jpg In dark times, is the role of the artist to expose? To comment, to criticize, to amuse? Since last fall, it's been all of the above onstage in Los Angeles.

David Perlman and more media news from the north

david-perlman-kqed.jpg The dean of newspaper science writers is apparently retiring at age 98. Slacker! Plus a ransomware attack at KQED and CalBuzz calls it quits for now.
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LaBonge signs off
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