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  • #myLAcommute Anything with music makes me happy

    October 2, 2015 | 12:50 pm


    I’m from Glassell Park. I love the neighborhood, but gentrification is really affecting us in the middle and lower classes. It’s really sad to see people move out because they can’t afford to live in the neighborhood where they’ve lived all of their lives.

    When I’m...

  • #myLAcommute The look on her face was amazing

    October 1, 2015 | 10:39 am


    We’re coming back from the aquarium in Long Beach. My daughter’s favorite thing was the pink, purple, and blue flying fish. The look on her face when she saw the jellyfish and huge seashells was amazing.

    She’ll have more play time when we get home. She loves to build houses with Legos.

    Aquarium Way to Raymond Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute Los Angeles is what it feels to be free

    September 30, 2015 | 3:49 pm


    I miss my family in Ukraine. I really want to go back to see them soon. I like Ukraine because it’s where I was born, but I like Los Angeles more because this is what it feels to be home, to be free.

    I really like the palm trees and sunny weather here. People are really nice—they’re positive and happy. They even walk like they are free.

    La Crescenta Ave. to Sepulveda Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • An oasis of comfort

    September 30, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    As the front door of OUR HOUSE in Woodland Hills opens, guests are greeted into a cozy environment with overstuffed armchairs and cushy couches. Paintings of homes — surrounded by colorful flowers, bathed in sunlight — adorn the walls. But for all the warmth here making it easy to...

  • Where is my Israeli food in L.A.?

    By Elad Massuri

    September 25, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Every year, the High Holy Days bring back a variety of memories, aromas and tastes from my favorite Israeli cuisine.

    Thinking about food comes naturally when I look at the Rosh Hashanah table, or the seudat mafseket meal of Yom Kippur (the last meal before fasting) or the...

  • Rabbi finds a higher calling in L.A.’s homeless population

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 24, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Rabbi Marvin Gross’ congregants include Los Angeles County’s poorest, most neglected and most scorned — the homeless.

    As chief executive officer of Union Station Homeless Services, Gross and his staff find housing, medical and psychological care, and help locate training programs...

  • L.A.‘s Rampart District gave me the life I wanted to lead

    September 21, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    This article first appeared on Zocalo Public Square.

    When I first moved into the Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986, the gunfire down the alley outside our bedroom often kept me awake at night—not just the pop-pop of single shots but the stuttering rat-a-tat of automatic...

  • Our story ... Our mission ... Our fight

    September 17, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    Many of you know that I had a “previous life” composing and editing music for TV shows and movies.  For most of my twenties, I was working on what is now the Sony Studios lot in Culver City – which somehow led me to rabbinical study in Jerusalem… but that’s a sermon for a...

  • Beautiful Baltaire in Brentwood

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 15, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Stunning Steakhouse, Baltaire in Brentwood, gets top marks from Los Angeles diners: Sid Lipsey, Tracey Steinberg and Lisa Niver.

    The interior space is open and inviting and the team is phenomenal. I could see returning here over and over again for the atmosphere, ambience,...

  • On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

    September 15, 2015 | 7:45 am

    On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

    In synagogue, reciting line by line the Al Chet prayer, seeking atonement for the areas of our lives where in the past year we have fallen short, events in the...

  • #myLAcommute I’m on my own now

    September 11, 2015 | 2:18 pm


    I read novels when I’m on the bus. Right now I’m reading Endless Nights.

    I’m 19 years old. I’m from South Central Los Angeles. I moved to the Baldwin Hills area last month. I like it because I have my own apartment now. I was in foster care for 14 years. I worked...

  • Desalination: Science, engineering and alchemy

    September 11, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    'Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; September 15, 2015) reveals the secret to Israel’s bold approach to water security and how the rest of the world can adopt these measures now, to get ahead of the looming global...

  • Meet Joc Pederson, the Jewish rookie powering L.A. Dodgers’ run to playoffs

    September 10, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Ask Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie outfielder Joc Pederson how his season is going, and he’ll talk about the team.

    “We’re playing great baseball, and that’s something we’re looking to continue to do,” a shy and wary Pederson told JTA recently following a spirited game of dice with...

  • #myLAcommute I like to make people see how beautiful they are

    September 10, 2015 | 1:03 pm


    I recently ran into one of my best friends from high school. We lost contact for many years and randomly ran into each other on Metro. It was a total surprise.

    I’m coming from work as a runner at a hotel. My other career is as a hair stylist. I’ve been doing hair...

  • #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...

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