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  • Garcetti grapples with L.A.‘s provincial past

    October 20, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Modern Los Angeles had a difficult birth. It came during the transition between the small-town-writ-large vision embodied by Mayor Sam Yorty and the outward-facing, cosmopolitan dream of his nemesis and challenger, City Councilmember Tom Bradley. Their epic 1969 and 1973 mayoral...

  • 50 by 50:  Week 2

    By Ilana Angel

    October 15, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    Week 1 went really well and I am starting week 2 being down 2.3 pounds. My goal is to lose 1.86 pounds a week for 26 weeks and so I’m on track. I have cut out potato chips and am having only one cocktail a week, which are small but meaningful changes. I am going week by week to...

  • Erica Jong talks sex at 73

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 15, 2015 | 11:39 am

    “Let’s start with the word ‘f---,’ ” was how a recent Writers Bloc event with author Erica Jong began. A word unprintable in so many publications, and yet, preceded by the word “zipless,” can be attributed only to the author who coined the term — a reference to casual, unencumbered...

  • Irwin Golden: A lifetime of talent spills onto the canvas

    October 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Inside the Belmont Village Senior Living’s Westwood facility, a large, 5-by-4 canvas hangs on the wall in the third-floor hallway. It’s an abstract artwork, a complex tapestry of mostly earth tones and a varied geometric scheme of squares, cut-off triangles and shapes that fall in...

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  • At Politicon, diversity and polarity make for entertaining (and loud) political fare

    By Jared Sichel

    October 12, 2015 | 9:49 pm

    Partisan, political theater was on full display mid-afternoon on Oct. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as two of the panels at the inaugural Politicon conference overlapped.

    In “Independence Hall,” a panel included Democratic strategists David Axelrod, James Carville and...

  • From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark

    October 12, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

    In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

    ...
  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes.

    Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its...

  • #myLAcommute The best way to intimidate someone is to be confident

    October 8, 2015 | 5:56 pm

    JUSTIN OROZCO

    I’m on my way now to play poker. I play five days a week. In 2009, I decided I didn’t want to work for banks or corporate America anymore. I decided to pursue a different kind of gambling. When I win, I celebrate by paying bills. When I lose, I take a break. It...

  • #myLAcommute I chill on metro

    October 8, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    DANIEL WEBSTER

    I have a car, but I have a rule: I don’t drive during the day. I take Metro. It really is a relief, especially because of where I work and where I live. I’d be in deadbolt traffic, but instead I chill on Metro.

    I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I moved to L.A. for...

  • Sinai Temple, Netiya lead multifaith celebration of shemitah

    October 7, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Members of Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles gathered on Oct. 4 to celebrate the end of something — but it wasn’t just the last day of sukkot. In conjunction with Los Angeles-based Netiya, they observed the end of shemitah as well. 

    Although seldom observed in the United States,...

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    October 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box...

  • #myLAcommute I want to hear James Earl Jones read the Bible

    October 6, 2015 | 10:04 am

    TOMMY JOHNSON

    When I’m on the bus, I listen to audio books. Right now, I’m listening to the Bible. I’m in Leviticus now. I wanted to get the one read by James Earl Jones, but I couldn’t find it.

    Orange Avenue to Griffith Park Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I like organic chemistry

    October 5, 2015 | 9:42 am

    DELILAH MARTINEZ

    Today is the first day of being back in school, so I’m a little tired. I’m a junior at Santa Monica High School. I want to go to college and become a chemist. I like organic chemistry.

    Sometimes I take the bus to explore L.A., like downtown. It’s totally different from Mar Vista where I grew up, but it’s awesome. The buildings are so tall.

    Pico Boulevard to Venice Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute Anything with music makes me happy

    October 2, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    LISA INFANTE

    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

    MY DANIEL YEI AND HIS DAUGHTER ANNIE

    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

    CATARINA CHURAVLOVA

    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

    ALONDRA POWELL

    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

    HÉCTOR LOPEZ

    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

    JEAN TZENG

    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...

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