The Witch’s Work, 10/24/07: A tough photo to shoot. Rancho Bernardo resident Oscar Afshari surveys what is left of his five-bedroom home, which he had finished remodeling just two weeks before the Witch fire hit. Exhausted after interviews with TV camera crews and overwhelmed by his loss, he sat with head bowed on the spot that was once his porch.
Malibu Burns Again, 10/21/07: L.A. County firecopter No. 11, in an awesome display of smoke-and-water acrobatics, drops its load on the canyon fire.
Pothead, 8/16/07: Glendale P.D. Sergeant Tom Lorenz waves evidence of an illegal marijuana farm discovered by a police helicopter in the drought-ridden Verdugo foothills. Growers toted water on mountain bikes from a fire cistern to the plants, estimated to have a street value of $10 million.
Striking Poses, 11/5/07: Outside Paramount Studios on the first day of the Writers Guild strike, which has yet to be resolved.
May Day Do-Over, 5/17/07: After L.A.’s May Day melee, when LAPD officers struck immigration demonstrators and journalists with batons and foam “projectiles” at MacArthur Park, marchers and police gather downtown to try it once more, this time without the violence.
Crossing the Line, 1/13/07: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Janice Hahn tour the Del Amo Market in the “forbidden line” area of L.A.’s Harbor Gateway. It was the day a rally was held for peace and unity between blacks and Latinos, after a 204th Street Gang member allegedly shot and killed 14-year-old Cheryl Green. The girl's death prompted a gang crackdown.