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  • Drivers in L.A. are extremely dangerous. So why don’t policymakers and police do something?

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Recently, I stood at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. to study the patently reckless driving habits of drivers in Los Angeles. It's actually worse than just reckless. It's reckless, dumb, dangerous and wildly inefficient—particularly around intersections, where...

  • A Muslim leader seeking to understand differences

    2 days ago

    “It’s going to be 32 years next month since we got married,” says the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam Al-Marayati, with a laugh in his voice. “That’s how I know there’s hope in the world. My wife has been married to me for 32 years.”

    We sit in a...

  • A generosity gap? Not on our watch

    2 days ago

    For anyone concerned about the future of Los Angeles and the role of charitable giving in creating a healthy community here for us all, a recent study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is cause for serious concern. The report, “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in...

  • Harris Newmark: The Jewish father of L.A.

    1 week ago

    With resolute eyes, a large portrait of the Jewish pioneer businessman and chronicler Harris Newmark gazes across a hall in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It’s a space dedicated to how L.A. became a great city, and with this image, Newmark welcomes visitors to trace the...

  • Two L.A.-area wildfires threaten to merge after forcing evacuations

    2 weeks ago

    Two rapidly growing wildfires burning a few miles apart in parched foothills just northeast of Los Angeles threatened to merge on Tuesday after forcing the evacuation of more than 700 people, officials said.

    The blazes came as California and other southwestern U.S. states baked...

  • Record heat sparks warnings, boosts fires in western United States

    2 weeks ago

    Wildfire warnings were posted across parts of three Western U.S. states on Sunday as a heat wave baked the region in record, triple-digit temperatures, stoking flames in California from the coastal foothills outside Santa Barbara to desert brush near the Mexican border.

  • Melting in Los Angeles

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I have seriously had enough.  I never thought the day would come when I would admit this publically but here we go: I AM OVER THE VALLEY. I’m sure part of it is because I am Canadian and there is just something wrong about it being over 100 degrees, but there is nothing attractive...

  • Study cites decline in area philanthropic giving

    By Lakshna Mehta

    2 weeks ago

    A study released on June 3 by UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and funded by the California Community Foundation showed that annual philanthropic giving by Los Angeles residents in 2013 had decreased by a whopping $1 billion from 2006.

    Religious congregations can take some...

  • Lady Gaga joins mourners at L.A. City Hall to vent anger, grieve

    By Eitan Arom

    2 weeks ago

    Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga was visibly and audibly shaken as she took the microphone in front of Los Angeles City Hall on June 13 to speak words of consolation and anger to a heartbroken crowd of more than 2,000 mourners.

    Moments before, Lorri Jean, the CEO of the L.A. LGBT...

  • Heavily armed man arrested as L.A. pride festival proceeds in solidarity

    3 weeks ago

    A heavily armed man who said he was heading to a gay pride parade in Los Angeles was arrested early on Sunday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

    [RELATED: 50 killed in Florida nightclub shooting]

    Garcetti, speaking Sunday at the opening of the LA Pride Festival, expressed his horror at...

  • Jew-by-choice Mandie Davis also chooses homeless children

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 weeks ago

    Mary “Mandie” Davis is passionate about a number of things: her husband, Ari Kadin, helping homeless children feel special and loved, and her Jewish identity.

    It’s estimated that nationwide, 2.5 million children are homeless. But thanks to considerable effort from Davis and Kadin...

  • Yiddish poems from ‘Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles’

    May 25, 2016 | 3:31 pm

    Eybiker yam —Eternal Sea

    by Rosa Nevodovska, From Azoy vi ikh bin (As I Am)  – 1936, Translated by Miri Koral.

    Sea, sea, eternal sea! I’ve come to speak with you today -
    To grasp your endless striving, your wordless ceaseless talk…
    Cramped in town, I'm here to part ways with...

  • NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium

    May 24, 2016 | 1:16 pm

    The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season.

    The National Football League also...

  • #myLAcommute They really do walk with their chins higher up in Downey

    May 16, 2016 | 2:58 pm


    I’m an IT engineer. I grew up in Long Beach, but I live in Downey. I wanted to buy a house that was close to the Metro within my budget, and I found it in Downey. They say that Downey is the “Latino Beverly Hills.” Downey residents really do walk with their chins higher than anyone else in the area.

    Grand Avenue to Imperial Highway

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Los Angeles jury convicts accused ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer

    May 5, 2016 | 2:15 pm

    A former sanitation worker accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer was found guilty of murder on Thursday for the slayings of nine women and a teenage girl in a Los Angeles crime spree dating back 30 years.

    The Superior Court jury reached its verdict on all 10 counts of...

  • L.A., meet the e-bike

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2016 | 9:44 am

    In February, the public radio station KPCC staged a race to determine the fastest way to get across Los Angeles at rush hour.

    [RELATED: Los Angeles electric bike resources]

    Three people simultaneously left downtown’s Union Station on a Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., headed for...

  • An LGBT congregation connects to a Czech Holocaust Torah

    April 29, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    The lesbians and gay men who founded Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, also known as BCC, in 1972—the first-ever LGBT synagogue—reflected the depth of its importance to themselves and their community by choosing a name meaning “House of New Life.”

    [RELATED: Czech...

  • A California dream-come-true as Rams take QB Jared Goff

    April 29, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Quarterback Jared Goff was less than a year old when the National Football League Rams left Los Angeles in 1995.

    Now the California native and No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft will be a face of the franchise when it returns to Los Angeles, after 21 seasons in St. Louis.


  • Exodus and The Very Last IEP

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 13, 2016 | 10:40 pm

    Like many parents of children who have special needs, we spent those first few years after the initial diagnosis running around to every specialist in town, open and eager to try every possible treatment. And once our son, Danny, entered the public school special education system...

  • Sam Grundwerg named L.A.’s new Israeli Consul General

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 8, 2016 | 9:50 am

    Sam Grundwerg, a Florida native and attorney, has been named as Israel’s new consul general in Los Angeles. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as his country’s foreign minister, made the announcement on the evening of April 7.

    Grundwerg joined the...

  • #myLAcommute I opened for a little band called Hanson

    April 7, 2016 | 3:25 pm


    I’m coming from LAX. I was visiting my girlfriend in Ohio, which was warmer than L.A. We did some holiday shopping together, painted snowflakes for the windows. I think the meanest thing you can do if you live east of the 405 is ask someone to pick you up at the...

  • Marjorie Pressman, rebbetzin and philanthropist, 94

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 5, 2016 | 10:36 am

    Marjorie Pressman, a notable communal leader and rebbetzin par excellence of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where her husband, Rabbi Jacob Pressman, served as rabbi from 1950-1985, died at home April 4 after a period of declining health. She was 94.

    It is a stereotype of...

  • ROSIES employees have ‘diverse abilities’ and are ready to work

    By Evan Henerson

    April 4, 2016 | 12:31 pm

    Bags of potato chips have been hung on hooks, sodas are on ice, the tip jar is at the ready. Customer satisfaction surveys are in place, and there’s a beanbag-toss game on the sidewalk — an added touch designed to get patrons to linger and get acquainted. 

    It’s Wednesday morning,...

  • My dinner with Ted Cruz

    By David Suissa

    March 31, 2016 | 4:30 pm

    Does Senator Ted Cruz have a shot at replacing Barack Obama as leader of the free world in January 2017? I think so.

    All candidates love to create the impression that they will win. At a private dinner in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Cruz was no different. He knew just what to...

  • A Relationship Revolution for Jewish Singles

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 30, 2016 | 7:30 pm

    One of the not-so-secret crisis in the Jewish community today is the challenge people have finding a life partner and starting a Jewish family. We are seeing a real and painful trend of wonderful people becoming successful in many areas of their lives — except love and marriage....

  • Rabbis write letter to Speaker Paul Ryan on Azerbaijan

    March 30, 2016 | 3:57 pm

    March 30, 2016

    Dear Honorable Speaker Ryan,

    CC: Rep. Ed Royce; Rep. Chris Smith; Rep. Bob Goodlatte; Rep. Jeb Hensarling

    I am an orthodox rabbi with a congregation of college students at University of Southern California and one of...

  • HaZamir choir members head to New York for festival

    By Evan Henerson

    March 30, 2016 | 1:12 pm

    The red-and-white sweatshirts, created for the 2016 Los Angeles chapter of the HaZamir choir, feature the singers’ names and the name of their conductor, Kelly Shepard. Underneath a kangaroo is the slightly cryptic directive to “Hide Your Stink,” followed by the equally peculiar...

  • Calendar: March 25-31, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    March 25, 2016 | 3:15 pm

    FRI | MARCH 25


    Come in costume and see circus performers, play games, get your face painted and win prizes. There will also be a carnival for the younger ones in the Early Childhood Center. Dinner included. 5 p.m. carnival; 7 p.m. Shabbat...

  • BDS on campus: A response to Jay Sanderson

    March 23, 2016 | 6:13 pm

    Last week, I was driving through La Verkin, Utah on my way back to Los Angeles after three peaceful days of hiking and camping in Zion National Park. We turned a corner and my phone lit up, buzzing and beeping after being disconnected. Amid the text messages and emails, a headline...

  • UC Regents need a history lesson

    By David N. Myers

    March 20, 2016 | 4:28 pm

    Since its appearance last week, there has much discussion of the opening paragraphs of the “Principles against Intolerance” formulated by a working group of the University of California Regents.  Attention has focused on the working group’s statement that “Anti-Semitism,...

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