Author Barbara Kraft on her friendship with the writers' during their last years in Los Angeles, an adopted city for both. Nin lived in Silver Lake, Miller in Pacific Palisades.
Occupy Los Angeles Interfaith Sanctuary
It's crucial that we not let the City and the media under its sway sanitize the story of how and why that emblem was taken down.
A visit to old friends in the Palisades turns out to be a long way from Downtown.
Lessons I learned about mentoring L.A. youth at Jefferson High in the 1990s should inform today's budget cuts.
In 1962 the civil rights lawyer saved my father from imminent deportation.
Frank O. Sotomayor
George would tell students about his Mexican American grandmother to emphasize the human side of journalism story-telling - to write not only from the head but also from the heart.
The atmosphere in the city for the next mayoral election will be nothing like in 1993, when Richard Riordan became mayor.
People throughout the world watch the Olympic Games as they happen, but thanks to NBC we're not invited to the party.
Those opposing a station at Constellation Blvd and Avenue of the Stars are not fighting fair.
An except from "Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time."
Here's a first for LA Observed: a visiting blogger post in the form of a video.
Charles Perry roomed with the iconic '60s figure at Berkeley and wrote about him later, but insists he's not the one who turned on Stanley to LSD.
Journalist and lifelong (mostly) Angeleno isn't buying into the collective amnesia that claims it's always sunny and warm.
With the City Council meeting Friday to discuss the emasculation of the Wilshire bus-only lane plan, I can't think of a better time for a massive work slowdown by bus-riding commuters.
Kafi D. Blumenfield
L.A.'s young community activists — 21st-century organizers standing up for exploited workers, bullied gay teens and children sickened by polluters — are walking in the footsteps that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imprinted on the American conscience.
A new study of environmental politics shows that the future of the GOP among the west's most dynamic population can be written with three letters: RIP.
J. Eric Lynxwiler
I'm the proud owner of a Richfield Building angel — a one-and-a-half-ton, Art Deco symbol of this city rescued from the demolition of the Richfield Building. Are there more out there?
December 8 will be the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I am glad we lived on this planet at the same time.
An oral history by jazz great Buddy Collette, who died this week, offers a tantalizing glimpse into how L.A.'s criminal underworld controlled the Central Avenue jazz scene.
Frank O. Sotomayor
A new generation of law enforcement officials has a chance to come clean by releasing all records relating to the case. For the sake of history and transparency, they must not fumble this opportunity.