FROM John Buntin
Watts Riots: Policing and Chief Parker On August 12th, 1965, day two of the Watts Riots, South Los Angeles was on fire. The man tasked with putting out that fire was William H. Parker, chief of the LAPD. When Parker took over the force in 1950, the LAPD was pretty much a goon squad that did the bidding of the rich and powerful in Los Angeles. Chief Parker cleaned up the force and transformed it into a highly disciplined, militarized police department that became the envy of the world. But in South Los Angeles, the LAPD was viewed more as an occupying army.
Redesigning the Los Angeles of 1947 L.A. Noire is a video game released today by the company that brought you Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. It was created for Rockstar by Team Bondi in Sydney and it is an homage to the Los Angeles depicted in noir films and hard-boiled pulp fiction. How did the game designers recreate the Los Angeles of 1947? Did they get it right? Frances talks to John Buntin, author of the book LA Noir : The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, Team Bondi production designer Simon Wood, and technology and design expert Marissa Gluck. Stills from the game L.A. Noire
New Leadership for a Powerful Institution On his 75th birthday, Cardinal Roger Mahony retired yesterday as Archbishop of Los Angeles and turned America's largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese over to José Gomez , recently the Bishop of San Antonio. There were masses in both English and Spanish at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which overflowed with the faithful.
Welcoming Police Stations; A Sustainable Supersize House Harbor Replacement Station and Jail 2175 S. John Gibson Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731 Architect: Perkins & Will Hollenbeck Replacement Station 2111 East 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 Architect: AC Martin Partners Olympic New Station 1130 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006 Architect: Gruen Associates Topanga New Station 21501 Schoenborn St. Canoga Park, CA 91304 Architect: Carde Ten Architects Rampart Replacement Station 1401 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 Architect: Perkins & Will West Valley Replacement Station 9020 Vanowen St. Reseda, CA 91335 Architect: WWCOT
LA Noir The Los Angeles City Council still hasn't decided whether the new headquarters of the LAPD should named Parker Center after LA's most controversial former chief . In the meantime, a new book recounts the history of Los Angeles during the era of Parker and the notorious gangster, Mickey Cohen. John Buntin spent five years researching and writing LA Noir : The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
San Francisco, Santa Clara challenge Trump's sanctuary policies San Francisco and Santa Clara have filed suit to block President Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. A hearing is set for Friday.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.