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From the Archives: Oil production booms, then quickly wanes in Venice
In just over a year in the early 1930s, a section of Venice had gone from zero oil derricks to dozens. This image accompanied a story by Porter Flint in the Jan. 5, 1931, Los Angeles Times. Flint reported: “So this is Venice!” Every day you hear that ...

D.C., Sacramento and Beverly Hills: Here's where the big money in ...
D.C., Sacramento and Beverly Hills: Here's where the big money in ...

Youth homelessness surges in LA 'Why are you out here?' 'My mom is a really bad mom'
Diandre Pope said his mother dropped him off at a Hollywood youth shelter when he was 15, and he started to get into trouble. Now 31, the Watts native stays in an encampment on Hollywood Boulevard, around the corner from a popular fitness club, ...

Essential California: The jump in LA County homelessness is 'staggering'
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's Thursday, June 1, and here's what's happening across California: TOP STORIES. A grim report on the homeless problem. A report released Wednesday on the state of homelessness in ...

Fine Chinese Dining Has Arrived in Los Angeles
Despite the fact that Los Angeles is the undisputed leader in Chinese cuisine in the United States, it has historically been lacking in one area: upscale Chinese restaurants serving food that would just as easily be found in China. Restaurants like ...

Homelessness Gets Worse as Rents Continue to Increase
For the second year in a row, figures from the annual county homeless count have proved to be alarming. Last year saw a 20 percent increase in Angelenos living in encampments, tents and vehicles. This year there was a 23 percent increase in the overall ...

Monstrous tunnel-boring machine to rear its head in downtown LA on Thursday
Angeli, the monstrous tunnel-boring machine that has been devouring bedrock beneath downtown Los Angeles for months, will break through a wall of dirt in Bunker Hill on Thursday, marking a milestone in the construction of Metro's Regional Connector ...

True Chinese Fine Dining Lands in Los Angeles, and More A.M. Intel
Los Angeles is finally starting to get into the fine(r) dining Chinese food movement, says LA Weekly. While some places like WP24 and Mr. Chow offer an elevated experience, it's not often matched on the cuisine side, but with the rise in Chinese ...

Dearden's furniture stores to close after 108 years in Los Angeles area
Furniture retailer Dearden's, one of Southern California's oldest businesses, said Thursday that it will close its eight stores and wind down operations over the ...

In booming Koreatown, these immigrants live fizzled American dreams
When he hears his phone ring, Seon Jin Kim's whole body flinches and his ears perk up. A 62-year-old diabetic with diminishing eyesight, he bounds up the stairs and dives for the phone. This could be the minimum-wage job at a Koreatown pool hall he ...

Without this company, LA may never have become the world's doughnut capital
Ron Ziegler doesn't remember any fuss over National Doughnut Day when he was running his family business, a major Los Angeles-based supplier of dry mixes, fruit fillings and pink boxes before it was sold 25 years ago. “We'd never heard of National ...

LA leaders promised to spend $138 million on homelessness this year. Then reality hit
Confronted with surging homelessness, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and several City Council members gathered at City Hall's steps in September 2015 to declare that the situation had turned into a crisis. They pledged to spend $100 million to aid ...

Essential California: Guess who's leading America's environmental ...
Essential California: Guess who's leading America's environmental ...

8 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week
A three-venue arts fest downtown, a celebration of bread at Grand Central Market, a dance performance at a Metro station and more fun stuff to do in L.A. this week for 10 bucks or less. The harp is normally the gentlest of all musical instruments, its ...

Knife-wielding man attacks jogger in park near Lake Balboa
A knife-wielding man attacked a woman who was jogging through a park on Thursday night, police said. The victim was running near the area of Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue in the Sepulveda Basin, near Lake Balboa, when the man approached ...

The newest location for LA's bank to the stars? A storefront in a Crenshaw strip mall
City National Bank, L.A.'s “bank to the stars,” has branches in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Westlake Village and — coming soon — a location in a Crenshaw Boulevard strip mall storefront currently occupied by a payday lender. It's uncharted ...

Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles
Eat Your Art Out presents 'Neat Street: A Fuzzy Fresh Arty Party' on Saturday. (Image: 'B-boy' by Juliette Toma). Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend, and if this list isn't enough, then check out our June Guide for even more ...

Want to support the Paris agreement? Stop driving so much, LA
Walking, biking or riding transit twice a week will help LA achieve its climate goals. SounderBruce/Curbed LA Flickr pool. The decision to back the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord sparked an overwhelming wave of support from city governments to ...

Here Are the 5 Best Things to Do in LA This Weekend
Do you delight in your life of bread-free misery? Then skip this entry. For the rest of you, there is an entire festival this weekend dedicated the springy, toothsome, magical sustenance that is freshly baked bread. Grand Central Market is hosting the ...

Essential California: In blue California, the resistance to the 'resistance' trolls on
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, June 3. Here's what you don't want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES. The resistance to the resistance: The best way to describe Arthur Christopher Schaper is that he ...

Drive that steep, curvy, busy, big-rig-filled mountain route that holds California together: The Grapevine
Add the Interstate 5 drive known as the Grapevine" to your California bucket list. (Christopher Reynolds). Why: Sometimes it's beautiful, especially when it's spring and the Tehachapi mountain slopes are green and the wildflowers are going off. But ...

Traffic nightmare in downtown LA: Sixth Street, freeway ramp shut for five months
If you hate clogged freeways and stop-and-go surface streets in downtown Los Angeles, you're going to really hate this: Starting Saturday, Sixth Street between Flower and Hope streets will be shut down for five months. And that means the Sixth Street ...

President Garcetti? LA mayor tells Wisconsin Dems how to regain White House
Sounding more like a presidential candidate than ever, Mayor Eric Garcetti was slated to return to Los Angeles Saturday after a rousing speech to Democrats in Wisconsin that demanded support for “good-paying, middle-class union jobs.” While Los Angeles ...

Firefighter critically injured in fall from aerial ladder in downtown LA, officials say
Los Angeles Fire Department officials are seen in downtown after a firefighter was critically injured in a fall during a training exercise on Saturday, June 3, 2017. (Loudlabs). KABC. By ABC7.com staff. Saturday, June 03, 2017 03:48PM. DOWNTOWN LOS ...

County election officials say hundreds of voters in LA's congressional race haven't received their mail ballots
Voters in L.A.'s congressional election participate in early voting at Pio Pico Library in Koreatown. (Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times). With less than three days until the special congressional election in Los Angeles, hundreds of newly ...

This billionaire once thanked two of his employees with $1-million checks
Donald Friese at the headquarters of C.R. Laurence Co., a glazing-supplies business he sold for $1.3 billion last year. He still runs the company. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times). By James Rufus KorenContact Reporter ...

Will this LA congressional district known as a Latino political base make history for Koreans?
This part of Los Angeles, where the flatlands of Boyle Heights and the freeways that dissect it give way to the gentle slope of the city's northeast, has long been a land of opportunity for politically ambitious underdogs. It was here that Edward ...

LA's crisis: High rents, low pay, homelessness rising and $2000 doesn't buy much
I was walking the dog last week in a South Pasadena park when I glanced at a man and woman having breakfast at a picnic table. I'd seen them before; this time I said hello. Margaret and her son Chris told me they live in their car. “We're lucky,” said ...

Amazon.com is a 21st century deal with the devil
I count 11 deserted shops at the Eagle Rock mall. The ghosts of their signs appear eerily above their chained doors. With a few other lost souls, I wander past blank kiosks, witnesses to the mall's dark descent. I think I detect a slight sulfur smell ...

LA classical music performances, June 4-11: The annual Ojai Music Festival and more
Interactive Angel City Chorale's multimedia-enhanced concert includes the world premiere of Andrew Cheeseman's “A Vibration.” Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m. $22-$75. (800) 838-3006. Le Salon de Musiques ...


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