Past Stories
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 The days of a school offering just the basics — reading, writing and arithmetic — seem to be going the way of the abacus. Att...


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 As a Westside real estate agent, Linda Black has had a front-row seat to changing building patterns in local ...


Peter Wallerstein recently rescued this undernourished sea lion pup in Marina del Rey
Photo by Peter Wallerstein

Wave of sick sea lion pups hits the coast

Rescue organizations don’t have room for them all; warmer water may be to blame By Gary Walker Starving sea lion pups have been showing up on Los Angeles-area beaches in such great numbers this winter that animal rescue worke...



The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 99%-effective, health officials say.
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Outbreak

Low vaccination rates at many Westside schools put students at risk for measles By Gary Walker With state public health officials designating the 107 confirmed cases of measles in California as “a large outbreak” of the dis...


LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer, pictured in a campaign photo, is calling on the school district to provide legal help for kids who face immigration issues

Reading, writing and immigration court

Zimmer wants LAUSD attorneys to defend students who face deportation By Gary Walker Taking a cue from President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions to reprioritize immigration enforcement, Los Angeles Unified School Distr...


Vice President Joe Biden tours the West L.A. College Dental Hygiene Laboratory
Photo by Michelle Long- Coffee

Biden stumps for free classes

VP visits West L.A. College, soon to offer a bachelor’s degree program By Gary Walker Vice President Joe Biden visited West Los Angeles College last Friday to speak about the Obama administration’s plan to subsidize communi...



Red and purple dots designating underutilized plots of land light up of a screen shot of the laopenacres.org map

Group fills in blank spaces on the map

L.A. Open Acres helps neighborhoods put vacant land to good use By Elliot Stiller Some 10 million people live in Los Angeles County, but there are still thousands of underutilized plots of land — even in increasingly dense We...


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Predictions: 2015

What next year will mean for our economy, environment and neighborhoods Will Westside rents continue to climb? By Kelly King Yes, I believe rents will continue to rise on the Westside for several reasons. One of the most sought...


Bonin aims to regulate vacation rentals

Councilman would embrace the practice but limit impacts on neighborhoods By Gary Walker The proliferation of homes and apartments being sublet to tourists for short-term vacation rentals is both an opportunity for economic grow...



Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell surveys the harbor 
from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station dock. Photo by Ted Soqui.

‘It’s a New Day’

Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell’s plan to boost morale and restore public trust in the 18,000 members of L.A.’s largest law-enforcement agency Interview by Joe Piasecki When it comes time to take the cover shot, Los Angeles Cou...






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