Past Stories

Westsiders rally to change state density bonus law

Joining the fight, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin calls the status quo ‘a giveaway — a cornucopia grab bag for developers’ By Gary Walker A state law that allows builders to exceed local size and density limits for resid...


More than 60 seats up for grabs

Candidates start lining up for potentially game-changing neighborhood council elections By Gary Walker And so it begins. A busy 2014 election season on the Westside is off and running, with candidates now able to pull papers to...


At 38, Molly Shattuck broke the age barrier for NFL cheerleaders

Molly Shattuck’s secrets to ‘Vibrant Living’

The author and mother of three on how she became an NFL cheerleader at age 38                             Before giving birth to three children, Molly Shattu...



Booker Pearson visits once-homeless Army veteran Ayisha Payne and her daughter at their new apartment

You Can Go Home Again

Upward Bound House and People Assisting the Homeless help people help themselves off the streets and into permanent housing By Gary Walker                         &nbs...


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They’re off to the races

A dizzying number of hopefuls are eyeing the Westside congressional seat Henry Waxman will leave behind By Gary Walker   Last week’s unexpected announcement by Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills) that he will retire from C...


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Henry Waxman’s last dance

                        The Westside elder statesman on why he’s leaving Congress, how to fix Washington and taking a parting shot at global warming Henry Waxman has...



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Looking across the Pacific

LMU Asia scholar Tom Plate on L.A.’s ties to the continent, why Indonesia matters and his new book documenting Asia’s economic rise “Geography is destiny,” says Loyola Marymount University’s Tom Plate— a preeminent ...


The Farmacy recently shuttered its dispensary on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Los Angeles steps up pot clinic crackdown

City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed criminal charges against 70 marijuana dispensaries in less than a year and compelled several Westside clinics to shutter By Gary Walker   Medical marijuana dispensaries operating outside the ...


Fate of arts programs remains in limbo

Local public schools are embracing a push to prepare students for work in creative fields, but LAUSD has yet to fund it By Gary Walker In 2012, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to make arts education a…



Damage to the Sea Castle Apartments in Santa Monica in 1994

The Day the Earth Shook

Twenty years after the Northridge Earthquake, is the Westside any better prepared for The Big One? By Gary Walker                           At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 1...