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The Best and Worst of L.A. Buses, Subways and Light Railnew

With all the bad news out there about L.A.'s public transportation, it's no wonder that so many of us don't even bother trying to get anyplace by bus or light rail. But after spending several months traveling around the city on trains and buses, I can report that our local transit has improved over the past couple of decades.
L.A. Weekly  |  Steven Leigh Morris  |  12-01-2008  |  Transportation

Villaraigosa Helps Obama on the Economy ... Why?new

Filled with some of the most experienced business, economic policy and labor leaders in the country, Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board includes luminaries like Warren Buffett and CEO of Google. And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We took to the streets to find out how Angelenos would vet Villaraigosa’s economic qualifications.
L.A. Weekly  |  Tibby Rothman  |  11-21-2008  |  Politics

LA's Digital Billboards Become a Bohemian Blasphemynew

The neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Hollywood, the Valley and Westside are all taking on City Hall's anti-green transformation of Los Angeles.
L.A. Weekly  |  Christine Pelisek  |  11-21-2008  |  Environment

Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential L.A. Restaurantsnew

If there were such a thing as a Los Angeles cuisine, I suspect it would be like what they serve at Houston's, which is to say a market-tested version of the grill-happy, salad-intensive cooking pioneered decades ago at places like the original Spago.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  11-14-2008  |  Food+Drink

The Knux: From Street Warfare to Soirees with Socialitesnew

Krispy Kream and his brother Rah Al Milio have morphed from Cajun survivalists to Hollywood up-and-comers, becoming the toast of the underground rap scene in only a few years.
SF Weekly  |  Ben Westhoff  |  11-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Rick Caruso's Aria: L.A.'s Mall King Mulls a Mayoral Runnew

Caruso has teased his impending mayoral candidacy off and on for nearly five years, yet he's done little to formally promote a holistic vision for the city. In the absence of such a comprehensive civic blueprint, others have stepped in to fill the void.
L.A. Weekly  |  Matthew Fleischer  |  10-17-2008  |  Politics

The Strange and Disturbing Trial of Anand Jonnew

Even in its quietest moments, the Jon case is a volatile fable of rape, ambitious but naïve girls, the rag trade and feral male vanity. It is a trial junkie's dream. Inexplicably, the proceedings have so far garnered little media attention.
L.A. Weekly  |  Steven Mikulan  |  10-10-2008  |  Crime & Justice

L.A.'s All-About-Me Mayor: Antonio Villaraigosa's Frenetic Self-Promotionnew

Time has become the mayor's defensive tool, and the mayor continually touts his rushing, 16-to-18-hour workday in speeches and media interviews to anyone who questions his commitment. But documents reveal that hours of travel, fund-raising and PR leave little time for his job.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range Mcdonald  |  09-12-2008  |  Politics

The Grim Sleeper is Murdering Angelenos as Cops Hunt His DNAnew

The most elusive serial killer west of the Mississippi took a 13-year break. Now he's back.
L.A. Weekly  |  Christine Pelisek  |  08-29-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Searching for the Ghosts of Bunker Hill's Native American Pastnew

Resuscitated 1961 documentary recalls stark lives of L.A.'s urban Indians.
L.A. Weekly  |  Matthew Fleischer  |  08-18-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Fab's Brings America's Best Hot Dogs to LAnew

Fab's, a labor of love curated by hot-dog scholars Joe Fabrocini and wife Susie Speck Mayor, could serve as a three-table museum of American wiener culture.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  08-11-2008  |  Food+Drink

Paying L.A. to Do It Yourselfnew

Cycling and riding public transit in L.A. requires a DIY mentality. The bus does not seem to follow a schedule. You have to just guess what time it is going to show up.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Browne Molyneux  |  08-08-2008  |  Transportation

88 BoaDrum will Make the Hipsters Crynew

If numerology means anything to you, then the convergence of tar pits, hipsters, 88 drummers, and a Japanese experimental music band on 8/8/08 at 8:08 p.m. for an 88-minute performance is certainly going to make you bonkers.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Carman Tse  |  08-08-2008  |  Music

The Mae Shi is Like Los Angeles: Sprawling, Vast, Dynamicnew

The Mae Shi is the sort of group that can lose a lead singer (in this case founding member Ezra Buchla) but remain comfortably intact, enlisting a brand-new member (Jonathan Gray) to yelp into the mic without losing its manic stride.
New York Press  |  Greg Burgett  |  07-17-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Exiles' Presents a Regrettably Ignored View of L.A. Life and American Historynew

Mackenzie's sparkling, moody black-and-white images of what might be called the Native American Diaspora (following a generation of Indians who moved off the reservation and migrated to post-war Los Angeles), depict a classic American story of aspiration and tragedy. It is beautiful and devastating.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  07-10-2008  |  Reviews

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