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Before former Governor Jerry Brown left office, last year, he put his pen to a couple, new transparency laws.  Both have to do with public access to internal police investigations and…

from LA Observed

The creation of place is as much about the social experience as the physical, especially when it comes to home. And home to many means the company of a pet.

from Design and Architecture

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

'Poppy Apocalypse': A California city swarmed by selfie stick-toting tourists

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

from NPR

In search of Lebanese cuisine,  Bill Addison    recently paid a visit to the new location of Hayat’s Kitchen in the Hollywood Hills, where he discovered  fresh kibbeh nayeh  and an…

Real-deal Lebanese cooking at Hayat’s Kitchen

In search of Lebanese cuisine, Bill Addison  recently paid a visit to the new location of Hayat’s Kitchen in the Hollywood Hills, where he discovered fresh kibbeh nayeh and an…

from Good Food

When it comes to matters of race, the entertainment industry fails its increasingly diverse audience, time and again.

Hollywood’s Love Affair With Racism

When it comes to matters of race, the entertainment industry fails its increasingly diverse audience, time and again.

from Scheer Intelligence

If you’ve ever had to search for a place to rent, you know the phrase: “no pets allowed.”

LA County pushes for pet-friendly housing

If you’ve ever had to search for a place to rent, you know the phrase: “no pets allowed.”

from Design and Architecture

This week, federal prosecutors charged 50 people in what the Department of Justice is calling the “largest college admissions scam ever.”

What’s next for California universities after the college admissions scandal?

This week, federal prosecutors charged 50 people in what the Department of Justice is calling the “largest college admissions scam ever.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics.

Big changes on the horizon for Santa Monica elections

Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics.

from LA Observed

MOCA’s new director Klaus Biesenbach plans to restore “luminosity” -- and, maybe, water -- to the Grand Avenue building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Arata Isozaki.

New life for old buildings: MOCA, a Hollywood library, Target Husk

MOCA’s new director Klaus Biesenbach plans to restore “luminosity” -- and, maybe, water -- to the Grand Avenue building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Arata Isozaki.

from Design and Architecture

What’s it like to be a Target store that was never completed?

Meet Target Husk, the half-built big-box store with a mind of its own

What’s it like to be a Target store that was never completed?

from Design and Architecture

The Pritzker Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Arata Isozaki, the 87-year-old Japanese architect with a career ranging from brutalist libraries to an inflatable purple concert hall.

MOCA director to restore “luminosity” to Isozaki-designed museum

The Pritzker Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Arata Isozaki, the 87-year-old Japanese architect with a career ranging from brutalist libraries to an inflatable purple concert hall.

from Design and Architecture

Federal prosecutors announced charges today in what they call the “largest college admissions scam” they’ve ever prosecuted.

Justice Department charges rich parents bribing and cheating to get their kids into top universities

Federal prosecutors announced charges today in what they call the “largest college admissions scam” they’ve ever prosecuted.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Showtime series    SMILF   , about a hard-luck single mom in Boston, received critical acclaim and was nominated for two Golden Globes last year.

The fall of Showtime’s SMILF, and the role of intimacy coordinators during sex scenes

The Showtime series SMILF , about a hard-luck single mom in Boston, received critical acclaim and was nominated for two Golden Globes last year.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

When the L.A.

LAUSD faces a deadline to prove it can pay its bills

When the L.A.

from KCRW Features

Virgil Village is a largely Central American community near East Hollywood that’s being  remade by gentrification   .

Virgil Avenue, four ways

Virgil Village is a largely Central American community near East Hollywood that’s being remade by gentrification .

from Good Food

With today’s urban sprawl, it’s easy to forget LA’s origins as a farm town.

“LA Foodways” mines the past for solutions

With today’s urban sprawl, it’s easy to forget LA’s origins as a farm town.

from Good Food

L.A. Times restaurant critic  Patricia Escárcega    recently visited  Dama    in downtown LA’s Fashion District, a Pan-Latin restaurant from chef Antonia Lofaso.

Dama is more than meets the eye

L.A. Times restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega  recently visited Dama  in downtown LA’s Fashion District, a Pan-Latin restaurant from chef Antonia Lofaso.

from Good Food

It’s no surprise that many of us make little effort to engage with our public institutions.

Government 101

It’s no surprise that many of us make little effort to engage with our public institutions.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time.

The end of the neighborhood polling place

Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time.

from LA Observed

The average American spends around three and a half hours on their phone.

Speakeasies where the prohibition is on phones

The average American spends around three and a half hours on their phone.

from Design and Architecture