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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
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.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | Natural history museums grew out of the "Wunderkammer"--a device for cultivating wonder in the face of the amazing diversity and weirdness of the world, but also for discovery, of the new, the unknown, of patterns, and laws. The LA River has become a kind of cabinet of wonders for Los Angeles: a site for thinking about and making sense of nature and culture in the city.
Phil Wallace | The Dodgers do need help in the back of their rotation. But giving up a top prospect for an ace like David Price would be a huge mistake.
Al Martinez | Martinez lies abed craving a hot, sweet thing right then and there, but Cinelli who lies next to him can always figure him out and suggests that he might just relax and think of puppies instead.
Visiting Blogger | Yahoo finally changed its incorrect info on his client -- after he tweeted CEO Marissa Mayer -- but Google still lists the wrong name, address and industry. "Google plainly does not care," says our guest blogger.
Phil Wallace | Without a coach or a competitive roster, the Lakers seem to have no vision for the future.
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
It's a shock to see the Central Valley these days.