Greater LA

Greater LA

Host Steve Chiotakis connects you to the people and places of Southern California.

Last summer, LA had 87 consecutive days bad air. It was the first time in decades. This week, we tied that record.

LA pushes for cleaner cars, so why is the air still so bad?

Last summer, LA had 87 consecutive days bad air. It was the first time in decades. This week, we tied that record.

President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

Secrecy surrounds Trump's California fundraisers

President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

Oscar Vargas races back into his U.S. Forest Service SUV, his previously relaxed demeanor jolted by a shot of adrenaline.

For forest firefighters, training plans can change in a split second

Oscar Vargas races back into his U.S. Forest Service SUV, his previously relaxed demeanor jolted by a shot of adrenaline.

Governor Gavin Newsom is staring down the barrel of some bills that seek to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws.

Governor Newsom may expand California’s 'red flag' law

Governor Gavin Newsom is staring down the barrel of some bills that seek to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws.

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

The push for a tribal park in San Juan Capistrano

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

Tensions between China and the U.S. are rising, rife with trade wars and combative speeches.

The close ties between China and California

Tensions between China and the U.S. are rising, rife with trade wars and combative speeches.

California has become the third state this year - after New York and Oregon - to make advancements on statewide rent control.

State-wide rent control: Who wins, who loses?

California has become the third state this year - after New York and Oregon - to make advancements on statewide rent control.

Maybe you have a reusable water bottle, and you skip the plastic bags at the farmers market or grocery store.

How to reduce your plastic waste in LA

Maybe you have a reusable water bottle, and you skip the plastic bags at the farmers market or grocery store.

It’s been decades since recycling became a part of our daily lives and promised that we could live comfortably with the downside of our throwaway culture.

With less recycling and more plastic, state lawmakers push for action

It’s been decades since recycling became a part of our daily lives and promised that we could live comfortably with the downside of our throwaway culture.

1919 was a breakthrough year for Los Angeles.

Celebrating 100 years of Henry Huntington's impact on LA

1919 was a breakthrough year for Los Angeles.

The LA Opera’s new season begins this weekend with a romantic opera "La Boheme." But there's a storm cloud looming overhead.

‘We didn’t trust him,’ says Plácido Domingo’s former colleague

The LA Opera’s new season begins this weekend with a romantic opera "La Boheme." But there's a storm cloud looming overhead.

At a new LACMA exhibit, visitors walk into relative darkness: black walls, black flooring, black ceilings. Light comes from quick flashes of videos accompanied by sound.

Your snapchats became art in LACMA's new exhibit 'Sound Stories'

At a new LACMA exhibit, visitors walk into relative darkness: black walls, black flooring, black ceilings. Light comes from quick flashes of videos accompanied by sound.

If you read the LA Times, a recent op-ed headline may have gotten your attention: “   Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict.

Journalist gets backlash for intimate essay on quitting antidepressants

If you read the LA Times, a recent op-ed headline may have gotten your attention: “ Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict.

When LA Times business columnist David Lazarus turned to antidepressants, he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and struggled with sleep.   The pills helped.

Antidepressants: tell us your story

When LA Times business columnist David Lazarus turned to antidepressants, he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and struggled with sleep.  The pills helped.

Wayne-Kent Bradshaw, president and CEO of Broadway Federal Bank, discusses how the institution has changed over the past 70-plus years -- and why that can be hard to talk about.

The evolution of the west’s only black bank

Wayne-Kent Bradshaw, president and CEO of Broadway Federal Bank, discusses how the institution has changed over the past 70-plus years -- and why that can be hard to talk about.

Inglewood is quickly changing in ways that its mayor, James Butts, says there’s no template for. A $5 billion dollar NFL stadium is under construction.

Gentrification hits Inglewood like it did Oakland

Inglewood is quickly changing in ways that its mayor, James Butts, says there’s no template for. A $5 billion dollar NFL stadium is under construction.

Westminster City Council set a record by having the nation’s first Vietnamese American majority. Four out of five members are Vietnamese American.

OC Line: All Westminster city council members may be up for recall

Westminster City Council set a record by having the nation’s first Vietnamese American majority. Four out of five members are Vietnamese American.

A housing program that’s been called one of LA’s biggest successes is under attack.

‘Fix the City’ sues LA over program to build housing near transit hubs

A housing program that’s been called one of LA’s biggest successes is under attack.

Daniel Wachtenheim sifts through a rack of vibrantly-colored fur coats at his shop in downtown Los Angeles, listing off the animals they came from:  "This is sable.

LA’s fur ban could set a precedent statewide

Daniel Wachtenheim sifts through a rack of vibrantly-colored fur coats at his shop in downtown Los Angeles, listing off the animals they came from:  "This is sable.