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January 01, 1990 - October 05, 2012 + LA Observed

Street Signs listen Download

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For a city supposedly as private as Los Angeles, there's always a lot of chatter about the public streetscape. What belongs, what doesn't, and what...

Guide to the 1930's listen Download

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If you're like me, you could use some relief from all the awful news about out-of-control nuclear plants and civil wars. I have a suggestion....

Sobering Wake Up Call listen Download

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The disaster unfolding in Japan has a message for us here on the other side of the tectonic plate that shuddered under the Pacific last...

College Incomplete listen Download

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If you live in one of the cities where there's an election tomorrow, you already know that it's hard to get information on how to...

Got Libraries? listen Download

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If you don't use the libraries in Los Angeles you may not know that – compared to those in other cities –- ours stand out...

What Election? listen Download

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As you may have heard, Los Angeles City Hall has a huge hole in the budget. And while the budget hole is pretty big right...

One Corner of the City listen Download

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LA is so big and amorphous that some corners of the city just tend get overlooked. One of the most interesting of those forgotten...

Selling Football in LA listen Download

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First of all, congratulations to fans of the Green Bay Packers for winning the Super Bowl. Now that we have a champion, the NFL can get...

On Location in LA listen Download

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I had a couple of what you might call quintessential LA experiences on Sunday. One of them was downtown. Driving past the old St. Vibiana's...

Martin Luther King in Woodland Hills listen Download

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A lot of things we know about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King are remarkable. Yet I managed to be surprised again...

Bay Area Wins a Round listen Download

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The new year in Sacramento marks a new era, and not just as the end of the weird experiment in celebrity-driven politics that was Arnold...

Brown Can't Save Bookstores listen Download

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By now you probably know that Jerry Brown took the oath of office earlier today and is the governor of California. Again. That's only relevant...

Year in Review listen Download

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There's one Los Angeles public figure for whom 2010 will be a mostly forgettable year. That is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who came into 2010 off...

Holiday Books listen Download

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Do you have an Angeleno on your shopping list who you still need to buy for? If he or she appreciates LA books, or you'd...

LA Stories listen Download

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As a native of Los Angeles, I have a soft spot for homegrown stories about the city that’s like no other. Most of the observations...