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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...


Allen, Burke, Kuehl and Lieu claim victory

Allen, Burke, Kuehl and Lieu claim victory Santa Monica voters reject airport protection measure, elect three to city council Sheila Kuehl and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrate her victory in the Los An...


Group targets justices for scrapping ballot measure

Ted Lieu’s Proposition 49 would have put Citizens United in Californians’ crosshairs By Gary Walker Voters have six statewide ballot propositions to choose from on Nov. 4. They would have seven if it were up to Westside sta...



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The sky’s the limit

Turning the metallic bones of retired aircraft into high-concept ‘airplane furniture’ has made an uncommon success story of El Segundo’s Moto Art Story and photos by Pat Reynolds Under the LAX flight path, a warehouse wo...


Sarah Jakle battled back from bipolar disorder to become a mental health advocate. Photo by Ted Soqui

Stopping the madness

A paradigm shift in public health policy works to reverse decades of indifference and create new opportunities for the mentally ill to find treatment By John Conroy The epiphany that would save Sarah Jakle’s life began with a...


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Stop and scan

Using technology pioneered by the military, local law enforcement agencies are gearing up to collect iris scans and other biometric data during traffic stops and other encounters By Ali Winston, The Center for Investigative Rep...



Ted Grose and Autumn Burke

Assembly race sees a partisan divide

Republican Ted Grose and Democrat Autumn Burke have worked in real estate and emphasize support for small businesses, but that’s where the similarities end Unlike other Westside contests this election cycle, the race for the ...






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