Past Stories
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...


Officers used a Taser five times during the arrest of Samuel Arrington

Violent Arrest Prompts Claim of Excessive Force

Attorney for mentally ill homeless man plans to sue LAPD over Venice clash By Gary Walker Officers used a Taser five times during the arrest of Samuel Arrington The attorney for a mentally ill homeless man who was hospitalize...


Students work on a “maker project” at The
Incubator School in Westchester. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Reinventing School

Classrooms innovate to compete in the ever-evolving Westside education marketplace By Gary Walker Students work on a “maker project” at TheIncubator School in Westchester. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. The days of a school...



A neighbor’s back-porch view of a very large new home under construction in Venice
Photo by Katherine Conway

City leaders target ‘McMansions’

New limits on home sizes would impact Mar Vista, east Venice and Westchester’s Kentwood neighborhood By Gary Walker A neighbor’s back-porch view of a very large new home under construction in VenicePhoto by Katherine Conwa...






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