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  • #myLAcommute I miss Taiwan so much

    September 9, 2015 | 11:06 am


    Taking public transit is very convenient. Most of the time, I take a nap. I’m tired from a long day at work! I work as a staff assistant for the county mental health department. I’ve worked there for 14 years.

    I’ve been in L.A. for 20 years. There is so much I miss...

  • Personal grief, national grief and how we remember

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 8, 2015 | 5:35 pm

    It’s that time of year again, when I feel less like a citizen of Los Angeles and more like the New Yorker I was before my Western migration seven years ago. A look at the calendar, a clear blue sky, a helicopter circling overhead all cause an idiopathic pang that transports me back...

  • #myLAcommute I want to be independent until the day I die

    September 8, 2015 | 10:39 am


    It’s easy and convenient for me to take public transit. It drops me off one block away from work and right in front of my house. It’s a good thing I enjoy taking the bus, because I don’t know how to drive.

    I worked at an electronics company for 15 years. When...

  • #myLAcommute Cheese, cheese, cheese

    September 7, 2015 | 10:53 am


    I’m originally from Missouri. I’ve lived in L.A. for six years. I can’t complain, but I miss living in a city with four seasons. I miss fall very much. And the beginning of the snow.

    I’m coming from work. I’m a server, but I still crave the pizza. That’s the tough part—to control myself. I don’t do lots of meat, but I do cheese, cheese, cheese!

    Sunset Boulevard to Rampart Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute The weather and the food keep bringing me back

    September 4, 2015 | 12:10 pm


    I’m originally from L.A., but I live in Chicago now. I moved there for school. I’m a political science major. I’ve been visiting for three weeks, just spending time with family and friends. I love L.A. and I hope to move back someday. The weather and the food keep bringing me back. It’s comfortable to live somewhere familiar—you take the bus everywhere and make plans on the fly. I miss that.

    Olympic Boulevard to Serrano Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute My car made me so angry I sold it

    September 3, 2015 | 3:51 pm


    I love taking the bus. There is always a great conversation to be had, and such a variety of people. When I’m on the bus I people watch. I nap. I draw weird cartoons of creatures that live inside my head. I think they are other versions of myself.

    I sold my car...

  • On Starting a Synagogue and Balancing a Life

    By Craig T.

    September 3, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Two and a half years ago my wife and I purchased the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, founding the Pico Union Project: a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We are home to four faith...

  • Renee Firestone: From Auschwitz to LACMA

    By Julie Bien

    September 3, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Former fashion designer Renee Firestone will never forget how devastated she was when she walked into her Washington Boulevard shop one morning in 1961, just three days before her first fashion show in Los Angeles.

    The night before, she recalled, “We had just finished the line. I...

  • #myLAcommute I’m more relaxed now that I don’t drive as often

    September 2, 2015 | 10:23 am


    I’m not from here and I’m having a terrible time with traffic. It gets on my nerves. My roommates even tell me that I’m more relaxed now that I don’t drive as often.

    I’m from Oakland, California. I moved here two years ago. Taking Metro helps me get to know the city and the communities much better. When you’re in the car, you’re more isolated.

    Western Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I enjoy the food in L.A., but French food is better

    September 1, 2015 | 9:37 am


    I’m from a small town near Marseille, France. I’m studying English at a school for international students. I’ve been in L.A. for one week and I will be here for two more weeks. I really like Hollywood because I love cinema. My favorite films are by David Lynch....

  • #myLAcommute You have to start from zero in a new country

    August 31, 2015 | 11:17 am


    I’m from El Salvador, I moved to East Los Angeles five years ago. I was here on my own. You have to start from zero in a new country. You have to speak a new language and leave your family behind. It was really hard at first, but it’s gotten better.

    I have three...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Bridging the Divide,’ Project Angel Food, Kirk Douglas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    August 27, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race,” a new PBS documentary about the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, screened Aug. 12 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills during an event organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF).


  • Iran deal debate rages on throughout L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    August 26, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Activist Sam Yebri and USC lecturer Josh Lockman have read every page of the controversial Iran deal, but they’ve come to very different conclusions.

    “Iran wants this deal. They need it. We can do better than this deal,” Yebri said, garnering applause during a community debate on...

  • #myLAcommute It’s all about confidence

    August 26, 2015 | 1:40 pm


    I’m coming from my sister’s house. She was working so I went over to babysit my 12-year-old niece. We were just hanging out. We had movie night. We watched Scream and two other movies.

    I’m a business accounting major at UCLA. I’m going to Vegas for the weekend to play in a college football tournament. I’m actually confident that we’ll win.

    Atlantic Boulevard to Acacia Court

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I miss shrimp dumplings

    August 25, 2015 | 10:23 am


    I mentor kids from first to fifth grade. They’re nice kids, good listeners. I study comparative literature at USC. I read when I’m on the bus. After I graduate next year, I want to go to law school. I don’t know if I’ll stay in L.A. I want to apply to schools all over the country.

    I’m originally from China. I moved here three years ago. What do I miss most about home? I miss shrimp dumplings.

    Sunset Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute My daughter likes dancing and singing

    August 21, 2015 | 8:44 am


    My daughter is on summer break, so she goes everywhere with me right now. I try to keep her busy as much as possible. I take her to YMCA every day. She likes dancing, singing, and playing games.

    I’d like to get into culinary arts someday soon. I...

  • #myLAcommute I wrote a book called ‘Robots Have Kidnapped Alex Trebek’

    August 20, 2015 | 1:52 pm


    I’m meeting up with my friend in West Hollywood. We’re going to buy a new engine for my car and then install it. We both know how to do it—but I’m for sure not a mechanic. I’m a science fiction writer. I wrote a book called Robots Have Kidnapped Alex Trebek. You...

  • #myLAcommute My favorite flowers are daisies

    August 19, 2015 | 1:43 pm


    I spend about five hours on the bus every day. I have a job so I can’t really complain. And I like my work. The only downside to my commute is that I have kids—it’s time taken away from them. But I’ve learned to enjoy the bus ride as my personal time.

    On the weekends, I like to garden with my daughter. That’s the one thing we like to do. My favorite flowers are daisies.

    Broadway to Randolph Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Jenna Jameson on her new spiritual journey to Judaism

    August 19, 2015 | 11:47 am

    In a cozy apartment near The Grove, in the heart of Los Angeles, lives an unlikely couple. He is Lior Bitton, 41, an immigrant from Israel and a diamond broker. She is perhaps the world’s most famous porn star, Jenna Jameson.

    Since her June announcement that she is converting to...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • #myLAcommute Sometimes I stare off into space

    August 18, 2015 | 12:04 pm


    Sometimes I just stare off into space or close my eyes on the train. It’s my time to do nothing. I’m also on my mobile device, checking my email, the news, sport updates. Right now is baseball season so there’s a lot to keep track of.

    I have this electric...

  • #myLAcommute I want to be a lawyer and work in DTLA

    August 17, 2015 | 1:47 pm


    I’m a junior at the Downtown Magnets High School. I’m taking English this summer, I wish I didn’t have to, but I failed the class. I missed a lot of classes and now I’m paying for it.

    I could go to a school closer to home in East L.A., but my school is really...

  • #myLAcommute My daughter is getting married on Sunday

    August 14, 2015 | 11:40 am


    I’ve been commuting from Ontario for over 20 years. I’m an administrative assistant for the county of Los Angeles, and I’m just waiting to retire in six years. I read my Bible on the bus. Today I read the 1st and 2nd Kings and the history of Israel. Reading the Bible...

  • What do Eli Broad and Matt Weiner have in common? They’re for the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 14, 2015 | 8:46 am

    “Under negotiated terms, there’s never been a better nuclear deal created in the history of the world,” film producer Lawrence Bender declared from a beach in the Hamptons.

    Bender is one of 98 leaders from L.A.’s Jewish community, including internationally renowned architect...

  • Prominent L.A. Jews announce support for Iran deal

    August 13, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Nearly 100 prominent Los Angeles Jews, many with close ties to the Hollywood entertainment industry, have affirmed their strong support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    In a full-page ad in the Aug. 14 edition of the weekly Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 98 signatories,...

  • #myLAcommute I loved working under the sun

    August 13, 2015 | 10:21 am


    I’m from El Salto, Michoacán. I love my hometown but it’s hard to survive there. I grew up so poor. I wanted a better chance at life and I found it here. I’ve worked at Placita Olvera for 20 years as a dishwasher. My commute is short. I enjoy sitting and watching...

  • Moving and shaking: Kadima Day School, Touro College and community preparedness

    By Ryan Torok

    August 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Kadima Day School has announced Greg Kovacs as the new head of school. Kovacs, whose hiring became effective July 1, has more than 15 years of leadership experience, including time spent as executive director of the C5 Youth Foundation.

    Greg Kovacs, head of school at Kadima Day...

  • Congress members begin to take sides on Iran deal — sort of

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 12, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Members of the House from districts across the Greater Los Angeles region — most of them Democrats — largely have remained silent so far on whether they will support the Obama administration on the Iran deal or join Republicans and a small but increasing number of Democrats in...

  • ‘The Girl from the Garden’: A story of love and shame in Jewish Iran

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 12, 2015 | 11:46 am

    In 1984, in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, the writer Parnaz Foroutan left Iran with her family. She was only 6 years old, but she remembers how tense life had become.

    “My early childhood, we would run down to the basement, with the lights off and the landlord’s wife screaming...

  • Los Angeles’ Iranian community fears Iran nuclear deal has hidden dangers

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 12, 2015 | 10:34 am

    For some, the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Argentina, which claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds more, is history. But for many Iranian Jews living in Los Angeles and elsewhere outside Iran, the terror attack, widely believed to be perpetrated by agents of...

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