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January 01, 1990 - December 06, 2012 + LA Observed

Whale of a Story listen Download

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It had the element of crime, that's always important, especially for TV. A Hollywood angle, check, that's good too. Real good. Politics, that'll work, as...

Thanks a Million listen Download

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It's been a while since we checked in on the controversy over illegal billboards and giant signs in Los Angeles. It's a fight that has...

Food Politics listen Download

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Los Angeles’s reputation as a great food city – or more accurately, region – receives a big boost of validation in the current pages of...

LA's Best Soap Opera listen Download

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This week, Mayor Villaraigosa and the president of the LA City Council, that’s Eric Garcetti, made guest appearances on ABC’s long-running daytime soap All My Children...

Musical Chairs in Local Politics listen Download

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This must be an especially hard time to be an ambitious politician. City Hall is paralyzed by talk of mass layoffs and the collapse of...

Rainy Day History listen Download

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After a week of tornado damage, power outages, evacuations, hail and snarled traffic, it's time to pronounce all this rain…a welcome success. Southern California has so...

Jay, Conan and the Rest listen Download

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Well here we are at the end of the second week of the great American late night talk show crisis, and I still don't know...

Saying Goodbye to LA listen Download

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Here at the start of a new year, when the tone of the city is usually to look ahead, the local news has been full...

Historic Trees of LA listen Download

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2009 Standing Ovations listen Download

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Closure, 2009 listen Download

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Now that 2009 is coming to a close, I suspect we can all agree it's been a pretty rough year. The recession became more harsh...

An LA Style Election listen Download

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In a corner of the San Fernando Valley section of LA, the voters in one city council district this week put another election to bed....

Spector Shows Up Uninvited listen Download

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An occupational hazard of following the news obsessively is that you're rarely surprised -– truly surprised -– by anything that happens. It doesn't mean that...

Tales of Gavin Newsom listen Download

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This past week I managed to break free of the Los Angeles gravity for a few days and travel among our fellow Californians who live...

Eyes on L.A. listen Download

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We didn't plan it this way, but earlier this week on the LA Observed website we had two posts back to back about photographers from...