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.
'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pushing the budget. Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller tell us why they're not worried about critics who say the show is confusing, and go into the thinking behind an especially memorable, explicit sex scene.
Border wall builders, private art museums, Stamen Design An LA city councilman wants companies who want to do business with LA to disclose if they're also working on the US-Mexico border wall. Forget old-school bar graphs and pie charts -- depicting data has become an art form. And another private art museum opens soon in Los Angeles, but this one takes you into the fascinating world of freemasonry.
How will 'Comey memo' affect GOP's future? The latest piece of bad news for President Trump is the reported existence of a memo that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote. The memo describes President Trump asking Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former NSA advisor Mike Flynn.