Patching A Broken City
Former Berkeley professor Edward J. Blakely brings order to New Orleans' hodgepodge bureaucracy, and urgency to its laissez-faire citizentry.
A is for Afro
For the only white student in class, St. James elementary offered a double major in minority experience.
Death Row Conversion
Traditional opponents of capital punishment have gained powerful and
unlikely allies: American Catholics, many of them conservatives
defending a “culture of life.”
Towers of Power
Simon Rodia's masterwork is inseparable from its site on a dead-end street in Watts. Which is another good reason to stop ignoring it.
If you're black and poor in LA, silence still equals death
It's Not Easy Being Green
Some brilliant -- and bungled-- attempts to save the urban forest
Out of House and Home
A bad decision, a sudden layoff, a tricky loan, an unexpected illness or any of a number of other factors can start the downhill slide to foreclosure.
Hey President Obama, Spare Any Change?
Experienced, Independent Journalist Seeks Audacious Opportunity to Earn Living Wage.
Presidents: The Good and the Bad
Even great presidents make mistakes; even poor presidents did something right.
LA's Marathon Mix-up
The L.A. Marathon used to be held today, but an ownership change and church demands have moved it to Memorial Day.
Barack Obama is Not My President
Yes, I voted for him, and I'm as taken with his eloquence, determination and historic-ness as anyone. But it is too late in my life for me to claim him as my own.
How to Fix American Journalism
If American journalism is to save itself, it must be led by a new crop of reporters trained to gather and not simply comment on the news.
Beyond Griffith Park
Make L.A.'s Griffith Park a historic-cultural monument. But also give Angelenos more green spaces.
Silver Lake's Golden Opportunity
A new kind of urban park
Trees Torn Limb From Limb
Stop the carnage caused by chain saw operators running amok in LA
Death Row's IQ Divide
States differ on how mentally retarded an inmate has to be to avoid execution