The downtown L.A. skyline in 1951, 1979 and 2014. Our image specialist Scott Harrison found the unpublished 1979 negative and decided to match it from the same spot: the top of City Hall. He added a photo from 1951 for comparison.

"Also of interest," he writes, “the 1951 photo was shot on 4 x 5 sheet film, the 1979 photo on 35 mm film and the current photo on an iPhone.”

Photos, from top: Ellis R. Bosworth / Associated Press, Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times, Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

"We’re in an age now where this kind of technology is expected. It gives us an opportunity to do better."
L.A. County sheriff’s deputies and other California law enforcement agencies are experimenting with body cameras as a way to provide greater accountability.
Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

"We’re in an age now where this kind of technology is expected. It gives us an opportunity to do better."

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies and other California law enforcement agencies are experimenting with body cameras as a way to provide greater accountability.

Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A skylight the length of a football field will be the signature element of downtown L.A.’s New Wilshire Grand. But at what cost? 

When it was proposed, there were concerns about how it would react during an earthquake. And would it be able to support the weight of a cleaning crew?

The New Wilshire Grand will have its river of glass, but it took some maneuvering to get it approved

It is time to stop bouncing people who are mentally ill and genuinely sick between the streets and our jails. This is an unconscionable waste of human life and money.
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Stay cool, Los Angeles — like the people above in a 1920s-era photo from the Los Angeles Municipal Plunge.
Wherever you go to cool off, you’re unlikely to encounter the swimsuits of the 1920s. The Times reported in July 1920 about a rule requiring women’s swimsuits to have skirts — and not gauzy or see-through skirts neither!
From an article headlined What Ho! Put Skirts on Bathers:

Oh, you film bathing beauties! Likewise, a what ho! or two for the Venice mermaids, also what to tell! This is to warn you that if you would a-bathing go at any of the municipal swimming pools you must leave your gay and abbreviated bathing suits at home, for the Playground Commission, with the Council’s connivance, has issued a Puritan pool edict.
In other words, if you, this is only for feminine ears, would swim anywhere within the purlieus of Los Angeles you must hide your charms with a skirt that isn’t diaphanous.
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"Oh, yes," said Supt. Raitt of the Department of Playgrounds, yesterday, "we are turning back young women who would bathe in the city pools in suits that — ah, ahem — we, you know — suits that would be all right perhaps at Venice or Atlantic City but — well, we cannot permit them."

Read the rest of The Times’ story about the "Puritan pool edict."
— Matt Ballinger
Photo: Bathers at Los Angeles public swimming pool the Municipal Plunge, circa 1920. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

This SoCal heat wave is breaking records, but we haven’t heard about any new fashion edicts yet. 

latimespast:

Stay cool, Los Angeles — like the people above in a 1920s-era photo from the Los Angeles Municipal Plunge.

Wherever you go to cool off, you’re unlikely to encounter the swimsuits of the 1920s. The Times reported in July 1920 about a rule requiring women’s swimsuits to have skirts — and not gauzy or see-through skirts neither!

From an article headlined What Ho! Put Skirts on Bathers:

Oh, you film bathing beauties! Likewise, a what ho! or two for the Venice mermaids, also what to tell! This is to warn you that if you would a-bathing go at any of the municipal swimming pools you must leave your gay and abbreviated bathing suits at home, for the Playground Commission, with the Council’s connivance, has issued a Puritan pool edict.

In other words, if you, this is only for feminine ears, would swim anywhere within the purlieus of Los Angeles you must hide your charms with a skirt that isn’t diaphanous.

"Oh, yes," said Supt. Raitt of the Department of Playgrounds, yesterday, "we are turning back young women who would bathe in the city pools in suits that — ah, ahem — we, you know — suits that would be all right perhaps at Venice or Atlantic City but — well, we cannot permit them."

Read the rest of The Times’ story about the "Puritan pool edict."

Matt Ballinger

Photo: Bathers at Los Angeles public swimming pool the Municipal Plunge, circa 1920. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

This SoCal heat wave is breaking records, but we haven’t heard about any new fashion edicts yet. 

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Repurposed parking meters in Pasadena are collecting change for nonprofits that serve the homeless. Pasadena is the first city in L.A. County to try the donation meters, which are supposed to raise awareness for the city’s homeless programs.
Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Repurposed parking meters in Pasadena are collecting change for nonprofits that serve the homeless. Pasadena is the first city in L.A. County to try the donation meters, which are supposed to raise awareness for the city’s homeless programs.

Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Thanks for keeping me and my friends alive.
We live in L.A.; by definition, we’re already cool. Don’t try so hard, dude.
Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Clippers, NBA says.

The transaction ends a fractious period of nearly four months in which embattled owner Donald Sterling fought to retain control of the team he had presided over for three decades. A judge affirmed the right of Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, to wrest control of the team from her husband and sell it to Ballmer.