Past Stories
El Segundo Blue Butterflies do a mating 
dance in the Ballona Wetlands. Photo by Maria Martin.

Nature’s Last Stand

The El Segundo Blue Butterfly and other species once on the brink of extinction make fragile comebacks in the shadows of a metropolis By Gary Walker El Segundo Blue Butterflies do a mating dance in the Ballona Wetlands. Photo ...


A recent spate of coyote encounters has residents on high alert

Coyotes Run Wild in Playa and Westchester

Attacks on pets and a woman bitten on the wrist have residents worried, but coyotes are also an important part of the natural ecosystem By Gary Walker A recent spate of coyote encounters has residents on high alert A recent&h...


Penmar Park Goes Green

Water recycling system will save as much as 108,000 gallons a day By Gary Walker A city water bond approved by voters 12 years ago is funding an underground storm water recycling system that sanitation officials say will genera...



Creativity is big business in Greater Los Angeles

Where the Good Jobs Are

Otis report finds the creative economy outpacing other industries in Los Angeles, but spreading the wealth remains a challenge By Evan Henerson Creativity is big business in Greater Los Angeles Better luck next year, Big Appl...


Steve Zimmer, who represents the Westside on the LAUSD board 
and is now its president, says the California Charter Schools 
Association has taken “a combat approach” to occupying space 
on public school campuses

Interview: Schoolyard Scuffles

LAUSD Board of Education President Steve Zimmer on the winner-take-all attitudes that are hurting public schools Steve Zimmer, who represents the Westside on the LAUSD boardand is now its president, says the California Charter...


Capt. Nicole Alberca at the LAPD Pacific Division headquarters 
on Culver Boulevard in Del Rey
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Giving Crime a Fight

Capt. Nicole Alberca, the LAPD’s top Westside brass, battles a spike in crime By Gary Walker Capt. Nicole Alberca at the LAPD Pacific Division headquarterson Culver Boulevard in Del ReyPhoto by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. Like all ...



The bandshell at Playa Vista’s Central Park hosts family-friendly dance and rock bands each summer
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Residential

THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER

July and August sizzle, crack and pop with Free Outdoor Summer Concerts up and down the 405 The bandshell at Playa Vista’s Central Park hosts family-friendly dance and rock bands each summerPhoto courtesy of Brookfield Resid...


State Sen. Ben Allen introduced his vaccine legislation after the Disneyland measles outbreak

Gov. Brown Signs Mandatory Vaccinations Law

Opponents vow to keep fighting medical mandate co-authored by Santa Monica’s Ben Allen By Gary Walker State Sen. Ben Allen introduced his vaccine legislation after the Disneyland measles outbreak Following a series of hotly...


Her shirt depicting a unified Korea, a 
North Korean band leader waits to march in a women-led 
May 23 state celebration heralding the cause. Photo by Niana Liu.

Across the DMZ

A local activist visits North Korea and finds the unexpected — strong women leading meaningful lives By Joe Piasecki Her shirt depicting a unified Korea, aNorth Korean band leader waits to march in a women-ledMay 23 state ce...



The 18 winners of this year’s Eddy Awards were nominated by their peers

Fêting the Heads of the Class

Local chambers of commerce honor 31 exemplary Westside teachers By Bonnie Eslinger The 18 winners of this year’s Eddy Awards were nominated by their peers Two recent events hosted by local chambers of commerce honored Wests...






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