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Jacob Soboroff is executive director of Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan group working to increase voter participation. In addition to vlogging about our voting system for Why Tuesday?, he contributes video blogs to NPR Sunday Soapbox, a political blog from Weekend Edition Sunday, and was a contributor to the PBS series Wired Science, a production of KCET Los Angeles and Wired magazine. Jacob started vlogging for LA Observed after running into Huell Howser at Los Angeles State Historic Park. In college he was a part-time advance man to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and presidential candidate Howard Dean. Jacob has an MA in political theory and philosophy from New York University. Email
Native Intelligence:
A light-weight traffic jam.
Usually these folks are doing the towing, not getting towed.
VIDEO: 2.2 million participated in Sydney. Did the lights go out in Los Angeles?
My talk with legendary journalist Carl Bernstein about Hillary Clinton, the L.A. Times and Paris Hilton -- just for starters.
The morning after the elusive Lake Machado alligator Reggie was captured and taken to his new home at the L.A. Zoo, I visited with the man who knew him best.
I visit with Griffith Park-area City Councilman Tom LaBonge, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, and LAFD Captain Carlos Calvillo. Also, see what it's like below a fire department chopper dumping tons of water.
Five reporters on how to take the pulse of tens of thousands of activists
I fall into the river during my behind the scenes look at the master plan with Jenny Price & Co.
Do you know why we vote on Tuesday? Bradley does. He'll be talking about that, and more, at UCLA.
Apparently, Airbus almost stood us up.
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: As Women's History Month approached the trailblazing journalist was told that when the press corps moves back to the White House in May, she'll lose her longtime front-row briefing room seat. Ironic? Helen thought so.
VIDEO: You don't have to go on a 9,840 foot conveyor belt ride through a 684,491 square foot 3-story plant before you can even hop in the car.
VIDEO: LAO was invited to (and subsequently trapped at) Barack Obama's first rally as a presidential candidate in Los Angeles. Before I escaped to upload this video, I caught up with a few of L.A.'s more familiar political faces and asked them for their Obama observations.
VIDEO: Paris and the Mayor. You saw the picture. What were they talking about? The Mayor tells us.
VIDEO: Who saved the 76 ball? And how? I'll show you.
LAO video: Stan Chambers talks with me about citizen journalism and the Kathy Fiscus story that created live televison news coverage in L.A.
LAO video: Produce may not be the only casualty of the cold -- Los Angeles area jobs are at risk.
LAO video: Rick Orlov gives me a sneak peek at tomorrow's column.
LAO video: Our team coverage of last night's Malibu fire continues.
Exclusive LAO video report: The workers in the Los Angeles Times pressroom have voted to be represented by a union for the first time in nearly four decades.
Just blocks from downtown, you'll find an entirely different kind of produce section. Don't look for a checkout counter.
Video report: USC gives Zach Fox a chance to get his job back.
Not much traffic to report... but a few jaywalking tickets. More strikes to come, EAA says.
LA Observed's new video blogger introduces himself in the aisles at Dutton's Brentwood.
Native Intelligence
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | Our modern water systems have made it not only possible, but virtually inevitable, that we should forget where our water comes from and the responsibilities it carries. Myth and art may be our best ways back into that understanding.
Al Martinez | A judge's ruling that declares capital punishment unconstitutional in California causes Martinez to wonder if we are beginning to weary of the savagery and he hopes for the dawning of a new day of compassion.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Don Shirley | The outdoors venues in Los Angeles this summer constitute one of America's largest Shakespearean hotspots. Let Don Shirley be your guide.
Jenny Burman | Their voices were cutting in and out as they followed Marisol's path up the hillside. Hot dogs wouldn't hurt. Hot dogs to fight a curse.
Bill Boyarsky
The latest version of the mayoral web site, Data LA, is greatly improved from its shaky first edition. Even modestly computer-savvy Angelenos get enough information to come to their own conclusions about the mayor and the rest of city government.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
Recap: Remodel sold quickly. (Too quickly.) So I packed. (Not quickly enough.) A month of visiting and yikes -- time...