FROM Dennis Kato
How community policing is changing South LA The Los Angeles Police Department realized five months ago that it had a problem: violent crime was up, and half of the city’s shootings and murders were happening in just four of the LAPD’s 21 divisions -- all of them in South LA. So the LAPD came up with the Community Safety Operations Center. It’s a temporary command center set up in a conference room at LAPD headquarters. It’s staffed with about a half dozen officers almost 24 hours a day. Rows of computers are lined up on a couple of long tables; one huge screen displays a color-shifting map of the city. All day and night, the rotating team tracks crime in South LA and communicates with captains on the ground. It’s a way to focus resources on a part of the city that’s normally divided into separate police precincts that don’t communicate much with each other. Now that it’s in place, is it working to tamp down violent crime?
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.