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Friday, August 26, 2016

Scenes and Sightings

Former Mayor Villaraigosa pays a visit to Boyle Heights

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was spotted this morning with a camera crew at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Villaraigosa, who has been reportedly interested in running for governor in 2018, said he was being interviewed on the topic of gentrification for an ... Read More »

Naked Trump exposed in Los Feliz

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LOS FELIZ –– A statue of a naked Donald Trump that was plunked on a street corner this morning attracted plenty of attention – as you would expect. Passersby took selfies and news crews showed up to record segments in front of the naked Donald at ... Read More »

From Behind the Wheel of a Lincoln Town Car: A volunteer’s view of the 1984 L.A. Olympics

Sandy Driscoll at L.A. Coliseum | Courtesy Sandry Driscoll

On Friday, July 13, 1984, my journal entry reads: “In DTLA for the Big Picture - 18,000 people gathered for an Olympic welcoming photo. How thrilling! I just LOVE this city!!!” As the Olympic torch made its way through LA, anticipation for the games grew. Some were later sorry they had opted to leave town citing ‘too much smog and traffic’, but we who stayed were rewarded with an unforgettable Olympics. Read More »

What is with those noisy choppers over Echo Park and Silver Lake?

Around and Around They Go: two noisy helicopters have been circling the skies over Echo Park and Silver Lake tonight.  They don’t sound like your typical LAPD or TV news helicopters. The L.A Helicopter Noise Initiative website indicates that the choppers originated from Los Alamitos Army Airfield ... Read More »

From roller derby to demolition derby

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ECHO PARK — Workers and heavy equipment are tearing down the former home of the L.A. Derby Dolls on Temple Street. The all-female roller derby league moved to El Sereno last year because, the league said, the property owner wanted to build condos on the site, ... Read More »

Political commentary in Silver Lake

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll snapped a photo of some political signage posted on a fence near Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. “Thought it was appropriate for the opening of the Democratic Convention today,” she said. Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit ... Read More »

Sixth Street Bridge arch to be salvaged for park

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Nearly 2,000 feet of the Sixth Street Bridge linking Boyle Heights and Downtown has been torn down since the demolition began earlier this year, according to a recent update on the project’s Facebook page.  Photographer Kevin Break took a photo last week showing how the demo ... Read More »

Smoke everywhere you look

Sunset smoke viewed from Silver Lake | Dan Gershon

Dan Gershon of Silver sent in the photo above of the sun setting to west in a bank of smoke from the 20,000-acre Sand brush fire near Santa Clarita. Meanwhile, another cloud of smoke began rising early tonight as a fire broke out in a pallet ... Read More »

Silver skies over Silver Lake

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SILVER LAKE –– What do you think of the weather? It may be unusually humid for L.A. but it has made for some interesting sky and cloud watching. Dan Gershon of Silver Lake took a shot of tonight’s silvery sky. The National Weather Service said there ... Read More »

Smoky sunset

Photo by Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — Dan Gershon of Silver Lake snapped this photo of the smoke from today’s brush fire near Calabasas that obscured the sunset.  More than 200 acres had burned and evacuations have been ordered. Read More »