We spend most of the year criticizing Los Angeles' ugly buildings and other unfortunate aspects of the local built environment. Here's our chance to rundown some of the thoughtful, inspiring and downright stellar projects that make us L.A. proud, and that make our burg a better place in general.
It's been over 20 years since artist Tony DeLap built one of the first public artworks in Santa Monica. The Big Wave, an arching sculpture greeting visitors to the city's gateway on Wilshire Boulevard, had suffered greatly in its first two decades from rust and deterioration. Last year, restoration ... More >>
Greggory Moore/Long Beach PostOfficer Dinsdale puts a Long Beach smoker in his place.A brave few campers remain at Occupy Long Beach headquarters in Lincoln Park. Christopher Perkins, an organizer, counts maybe a dozen, tops. Every night at 10 p.m., when the park closes, they drag their tents ... More >>
Occupy Long Beach via FacebookAs the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads worldwide, it's also filling itself out here at home -- building slowly but surely in small towns and communities surrounding the big urban hubs. (Occupy Venice, Occupy Northridge, Occupy Irvine, Occupy Riverside, etc.) ... More >>
CHiPsWould Officer Poncherello be down for Prop. 19? His '70s afro says yes.The Yes on 19 campaign on Tuesday announced that a major Latino police officers' group will endorse the marijuana-legalization initiative that goes before California voters next Tuesday. The National Latino Officers ... More >>
LGBT POVThe vandalized section of The Wall Las Memorias in East L.A.The Wall Las Memorias, the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the nation, was recently vandalized, reports Frontiers news editor Karen Ocamb. Someone damaged a portion of the monument with yellow paint, which is located ... More >>
YouTubeHas Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights been turned into a dirt parking lot? One activist says so, and he's not happy about it. The park houses the city's Plaza De La Raza and, according to YouTube, there's plenty of parking in the neighborhood, including curb-side spots. But for some reas ... More >>
Blame-game erupts over Latino and black support for the gay marriage ban
The main thing that the major labels have going for them, and why even the most battle-scarred of them has more "value" than budding minor labels, is due to their combined back catalog. During the fat times of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the labels weren't just selling records but buying other labels ... More >>
There's no place like home. Especially for the Dodgers, who are not only coming back to L.A. with a 2-0 series lead, but will get at least a two game respite from crazed, drunken Cubs fans. On Wednesday, superstar outfielder Manny Ramirez nearly had his head taken off by a baseball thrown from the ... More >>
Drugs, death, drama, gangs... hows a teenage, all-girl party crew supposed to stay on top?
L.A. unites on gay marriage
Antonio’s heroics have suddenly inspired the citizens of Metropolis, but will he be brought down by his own brand of Kryptonite?
A few upstarts try to overcome the odds in four races
Jimmy doesn’t like to be called dull. In fact, he defends his style with, uh, passion
Monica Palacios and Culture Clash, separated but equal
Cracking down on activists in Long Beach
Finding Relief from the City’s Sweltering Heat