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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
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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.
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Al Martinez | As California's water shortage becomes more critical Martinez finds substitutes for water---unless human sweat, dog drool and purified pee-pee are a bit too much for you to take.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Jenny Burman | Ayla was a revved up little engine, narcissistic, and brutal.
Ellen Alperstein | Unlike the south-facing beaches, the sand at Santa Monica was relatively undisturbed by the high-wave action courtesy Hurricane Marie. But lifeguards were on high alert.
Judy Graeme | Melissa Barak concentrates during an audition Sunday for the Barak Ballet, at the Westside School of Ballet.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | "A Hollywood drama of butterfly extirpation and persistence over a century of urbanization," reads the headline on a recent scientific study in the Journal of Insect Conservation. The story that unfolds offers glimmers of hope for the rich biological diversity that lives amongst us in Los Angeles.
Bill Boyarsky
In an audacious move to bypass the county supervisors, Latino leaders, public policy reformers and civil libertarians are backing state legislation that would give a judge the power to expand the five-member board.
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
Preparations for Pepperdine's annual flag display to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks have begun. Founded seven years...