Generations of UCLA students were unaware of a slice of of the school’s history that connected it to the activism of the Vietnam War era and the nation’s civil rights struggle, until a mural created in the 1970s and hidden in the 1990s was recently revealed.
Photo: Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team.
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Hungry? If you want to eat some of the best food in L.A., we’re here to help. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has released his list of the 101 best restaurants in the L.A. area. You won’t be able to access the full list if you’re not a subscriber, but you can peek at the top 20 here.
Photos, from top: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times, Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times, Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
We’re inviting Southern Californians to describe their neighborhoods using the form you see above. Choose your neighborhood and fill out the form here.
The population of L.A. County has passed 10 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the most populous county in the U.S., with nearly twice as many residents as the runner-up, Illinois’ Cook County.
Photo: The CicLAvia event in L.A. in 2013. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
A daredevil in golfing attire traipses along a steel beam high above the street during construction of the Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. The Hall of Justice and the old courthouse can be seen in the background.
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Gentrification forcing some L.A. gangs to commute to their turf
Los Angeles’ Echo Park, once a familiar stomping ground for the area’s gangs, has recently been hit with a wave of gentrification, with boutiques, coffee shops and rent increases displacing gang members.
Pushed out by this activity, many have been commuting to their turf only on the weekends, rapidly diminishing gang activity in the area. And now an injunction has been placed on Echo Park gangs, prohibiting them from congregating in a “safety zone” that envelops the neighborhood - even if they already live within its boundaries.
Officials praise it as a tool to make the neighborhood safer, but some residents say it places an unfair focus on minorities.
"The cops creep by and give me a look," said Salvador Aguirre, an Echo Park native who protested the injunction this summer.
"Being bald and Mexican American, we’re all looked at the same. We’re all the problems. I don’t want to be looked at twice."
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Foggy Hill Street tunnels
A look at the Hill Street tunnels, seen from Temple Street in downtown L.A., circa 1954.
Photo: Howard Maxwell / Los Angeles Times
How many snakes can you fit into one house?
Maybe one if you’re a little squeamish about them? A few dozen if you don’t particularly care about seeing a bunch peek out from your laundry hamper or pantry?
Now try and imagine having as many as 400 snakes in your house. That’s just what police found at a home in Santa Ana earlier today while serving a police warrant. Officers reportedly could smell the stench of the snakes, many of which were in terrible condition, if not dead, from up to 300 feet away.
Read the full, sad story over at L.A. Now.
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Look at all those subway stops! No, it’s not NYC. This is what San Francisco and L.A. could look like…
If you live in a city and take public transit, you’ve probably looked at the system map and thought to yourself, “I wish this thing went everywhere.”
You’re not alone. There’s a whole bunch of daydreamers just like you who’ve considered the additional subway lines, bus routes, and train tracks it would take to bring more people to more places. Some of them have even mapped these ideas out. The internet is full of these fantasy transit maps, where professional transit planners and dedicated amateurs alike imagine how public transit in our cities could look.
One day Los Angeles, one day…
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Santa Monica’s famous mosaic home
Aziz and Louise Farnam started their decoration habits humbly enough - putting a single periwinkle square up into the corner of a retaining wall in their Santa Monica home. But things quickly, and colorfully, escalated from there:
Theycollected pieces of cobalt blue, aqua, plum and yellows from pale to sunny. They broke or cut them with special nippers into irregular shapes and applied those to the wall, letting them radiate in no particular pattern from the original piece.
They finished that wall, then tiled the walkway to the front door.
From there, things escalated — to a traffic-stopping degree. Motorists routinely slam on their brakes to marvel at the eccentric artistry.
"Everyone knows my house," Louise said. "Just say ‘mosaic tile house in Santa Monica.’"
Photos: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times