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News, The Minimum Wage »
Update: The LA City Council has voted 14-1 in favor of drafting a plan to raise the minimum wage.
At a recent event at Los Angeles’ City Hall to honor L.A.’s small business owners, Mayor Eric Garcetti trumpeted the city’s economic achievements during his time in office.
The audience, business owners listening to Garcetti, sat politely; but just under the surface there was anger and anxiety about proposals …
Arts & Culture, Interviews »
The debauchery and nihilism of the 1970s rock scene is perfectly captured in the Andaz West Hollywood, a hotel on the Sunset Strip that was then called the Continental Hyatt House and later the Hyatt on Sunset.
Bands like The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin all spent time at the “Riot House,” trashing their hotel rooms, starting fires and convincing their …
California Elections, economy, Interviews, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, The Minimum Wage, The New Mayor »
The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …
Arts & Culture, Interviews »
One of LA’s most beloved and iconic landmarks turns 80 years old today.
Griffith Observatory sits atop Mount Hollywood, gleaming white and visible from miles around.
It’s a true LA tourist attraction, away from the glitz of Hollywood, but very much a part of it as well.
Films such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Terminator” and others have had scenes filmed there.
The graphic designer and documentary …
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Arts & Culture, Environment »
This Saturday, May 2nd marks Bird LA Day – a citywide celebration of all things birds, with nature walks, a bird sketching workshop and a picnic along the LA River. I met up with birding enthusiast Scott Logan at Franklin Canyon Park, located in a beautiful canyon above Beverly Hills, in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains.
“All these birds, they just offer clues. You watch …
After a two-week hunger strike, minimum wage activists were rewarded with a meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday morning. The strike is part of an ongoing campaign to push for a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles.
During the day most of those taking part in the fast spend the time under a white tent just across the street from City Hall. …
Commentary, Interviews, Issues, News, Politics »
From Kim Kardashian to the Pope, the cause to recognize the Armenian genocide has gotten vocal support in recent weeks, leading up to today’s centennial anniversary.
Armenians point to solid evidence from historians that genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, indeed took place. But Turkey claims it was not genocide, only killings that took place during turmoil amid a relocation effort. The United States, a …
Yevnige Salibian remembers peering through the wooden panels of her family home in Aintab, Turkey as a young girl and seeing throngs of Armenian women, children and elderly being marched out into the desert to their eventual deaths.
“I saw the Turkish people, long whips in their hands… and the children were crying, ‘Mama I am hungry. I want some bread. Mama I am thirsty. Mama I cannot walk,’” Salibian says, …
The White House says President Obama will not use the word “genocide” on Friday, when he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the massacre of more than a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
Armenian-American groups are expressing anger over today’s announcement.
Congressman Adam Schiff – whose district includes the largest population of Armenians in America – said today he’s “deeply disappointed” in Obama’s decision.
Arts & Culture »
The wonders of the Internet never cease. Inspired by the children’s game Telephone, curator Nathan Langston has used the web to link together 315 artists around the world in a unique and enduring fashion in an online gallery that’s just debuted and is sure to lure you in for hours on end.
In Telephone, players whisper one message down a chain of people to see how it morphs and ultimately gets interpreted. In …
Interviews, News »
Jews mark the first two nights of Passover with a seder, a ritual meal that recalls the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. The word “seder” means order, and while there is a general order to the songs and prayers that precede the feast, these days you’ll find a wide variety of seders to meet your needs.
For example, take Ashley Sullivan, a recent …
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With the news over the last few weeks that Soho House and other high-profile tenants are snapping up property in the Arts District, a hue and cry has erupted (at least in some media outposts) that the once-gritty neighborhood is done–at least for artists.
I met up with long-time resident, photographer and neighborhood activist Melissa Richardson Banks to hear her take. She drove me around the 52-block area late last Saturday …
Bad Driving, economy, Environment, Issues, Zocalo Public Square »
Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.
From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …
Leaving LA »
Wilmington, North Carolina.
“I got a Dodger’s cap as a birthday present that I asked for. I’m totally a California person.”
Michele Mandle had spent a total of 24 years in L.A. County before finally settling in Wilmington North Carolina.
“We moved for a lot of reasons, but I think the biggest reason is that we felt like we couldn’t have a home that was …
Leaving LA, News »
Eagle River, Alaska
“This is definitely so drastic and new that I feel like if and when the time is right I will be ready to come back to California.”
If California isn’t the final frontier anymore, Alaska is. That’s what Nichole Joor discovered when she moved to Eagle River, a suburb of Anchorage to live with a friend and unwind for a while.
Leaving LA »
“I love the air here. I love that you can drink water out of the tap. I love that everything is green.”
For some it’s housing prices, but for Sim, the decision to leave L.A. was prompted by a breakup. A relationship tying her to L.A. had ended and she decided to move to Seattle.
She described Seattle as a small city, where it’s easy to walk …
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Joel Wilson, Bentonville, Arkansas
“This is boom town I feel like I’m on you know the gold rush. There is construction going on all over the place.”
Joel Wilson lived in Long Beach most of his life, but finally packed up and moved to rural Arkansas to be closer to his daughter and her family. “I actually thought I was going to live and die there,” Wilson …
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On this Valentine’s Day weekend, if you love movies as much as your significant other, you might want to check out some Hollywood history.
“Oscar Goes Outdoors!” is an event this Sunday that’ll give local film fanatics a chance to see some classic Hollywood settings within a short drive of L.A., from “Gone with the Wind” to “American Sniper.”
The event will be at King Gillette Ranch, …
Arts & Culture, Zocalo Public Square »
For some time now, I’ve been thinking and talking about Los Angeles in the past tense. Not in a nostalgic way—rather, my memory of place had become an overlay, filtering the way I see and move through the here-and-now city.
Vanished landmarks are still active points on my personal map of the city where I was born and raised—touchstones I remember from the ’60s, ’70s …