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Joe Bray-Ali for CD 1

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.06.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Los Angeles is changing and that's a great thing. The obsolete "vision" of the great big freeway, communities historically and economically segregated...

I'm Voting Again for Eric Garcetti

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.06.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In the three months since I last wrote anything here, the world has changed. And while nothing good has or will come of the putsch that threatens our ...

Pivoting and Disruption @ VerdeXChange 2016

Joel Epstein | Posted 01.27.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With two kids in college and one on her way soon enough, I can't afford to go back to school. Besides, I never liked taking exams and sharing my room ...

Transit Envy and Other Thoughts on Making L.A. the City It Can Be

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Al Selvin knew a great city, train line, bike path, restaurant and musician when he saw it. I hope we will continue to make L.A. a city worthy of his blessed memory.

A Visit to LA's Frogtown Neighborhood on the Cusp of Its Gentrification

Sarah Stodola | Posted 10.11.2016 | Los Angeles
Sarah Stodola

Elysian Valley -- colloquially known as Frogtown -- will be transformed. Frogtown for now is one in an endless list of those neighborhoods existing in Los Angeles that, while locate-able on a map, hasn't ever registered on a collective radar. Until now.

10 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Live in Los Angeles

Paul Haddad | Posted 07.12.2016 | Los Angeles
Paul Haddad

In case you missed the bulletin, Los Angeles is in the midst of a historic drought. We also have the nation's worst traffic and air pollution, and we're the least affordable city in the Lower 48 for millennials to buy a home.

Kayaking on the L.A. River, I'll Be Back

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.30.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With the state suffering through the most severe drought on record and everyone from Central Valley farmers to L.A. homeowners cutting back on their water usage, the image of kayaking on the Los Angeles River may seem counterintuitive.

Learning Los Angeles: Debra Padilla, Arts and Activism

Julia Wasson | Posted 09.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

Art has the power to illuminate, interrogate, celebrate and invigorate a moment in time worth remembering, or simply to give a kid who needs one an outlet louder and bigger than his self-doubt.

You Recognize This Place From Something... But What?

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel

Stark concrete. Trickle of water. Art Deco bridges. You recognize this place from something... but what? It's The Los Angeles River, and it has snu...

What's a Party Without a Purpose?

Jason Foster | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Jason Foster

Throughout Los Angeles, there's a growing movement of organizations doing community outreach through events and programming. I am hoping that this trend becomes a staple of non-profit work in the future.

LA River Restoration Plan Draws Complaints From Sherman Oaks

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 03.16.2014 | Los Angeles

One of the last major pieces of legislation dealing with the Los Angeles River restoration drew renewed complaints Monday from residents about how far...

The LA River at a Crossroads

Jack Skelley | Posted 03.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

The mayor and all top California elected officials, plus 10,000 petition-signers, are pushing Alternative 20. It alone has the power to leverage the river the way cities such as San Luis Obispo or San Antonio do: as a central urban artery and park system, that is also a healthy ecosystem.

First Flush, First at the Scene of the Crime

Liz Crosson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Liz Crosson

Although it doesn't rain often in Los Angeles, when it does, it pours. In less than 20 days a year, LA averages about 15 inches of rain. And the major riverine artery of LA, the Los Angeles River, is one of the fastest and steepest flowing rivers in an urban environment.

Ready To Kayak In LA?

Julia Wasson | Posted 10.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

The award-winning documentary Rock the Boat -- Saving America's Wildest River tells the story of a 52-mile kayak trip, masterminded by Heather Wylie -- a trip that helped save our river.

A (New) River Runs Through It

Zev Yaroslavsky | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Zev Yaroslavsky

For longtime Angelenos, the Los Angeles River has represented little more than a concrete scar across the county. Although largely justified in the past, that perception has failed to keep pace with the river's emerging new realities and its potential to become one of the grandest urban greenways in America.

WATCH: Rollin' Down The River

Posted 06.03.2013 | Los Angeles

For many LA natives, the Los Angeles River was an eyesore, an afterthought or an embarrassment. Now, for the first time since the 1930s, a 2.5 mile st...

Los Angeles County Water Pollution and the U.S. Supreme Court

Steve Fleischli | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

By doing the right thing, Los Angeles County officials, like many of their counterparts around the country, would learn that embracing green infrastructure is not only good for public health and smart environmental policy.

Celebrating Our Namesake River: We've Come a Long Way L.A.!

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

We've come a long way L.A. since 2006, when pioneering river enthusiasts were forced out of the water with their canoes by helicopter cops who warned it was against the law to recreate in the L.A. River.

DISGUSTING: Thousands Of Raw Sewage Spilled In LA

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.15.2012 | Los Angeles

It was a brown, lumpy river that must have reaked to high heavens. Approximately 5,500 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Arroyo Seco in South ...

Announcing The Corps Network 2012 Projects of the Year

Levi Novey | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green
Levi Novey

Each year The Corps Network honors Service and Conservation Corps whose accomplishments and projects exemplify the positive role that Corps serve for individuals and communities nationwide.

WATCH: An Homage To The LA River

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles

For those Angelenos that still view the Los Angeles River as depressing, sewage-like infrastructure -- boy, do we have something for you. Videographer...

Rock the Boat: Interview With L.A. River Activists Who Made History and a Movie

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.23.2011 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Rock the Boat is a documentary about a small band of environmental activists who decide to challenge the system and navigate the Los Angeles River,

Woman Falls 20 Feet Into LA River To Retrieve Pet Bird

Studio City, CA Patch | Mike Szymanski | Email the Author | 2:11pm | Posted 07.21.2011 | Los Angeles

A Studio City woman fell 20 feet into the concrete culvert of the Los Angeles River near the Vineland Avenue Bridge Saturday morning trying to rescue ...

PHOTOS: Could The River Unify Los Angeles?

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles

The LA River Field Guide, which was just released a few weeks ago, features "Departures: LA River," an interactive collection of interviews, video, ma...

Your Comprehensive Guide To The L.A. River

KCET | Posted 07.03.2011 | Los Angeles

Whether you're visiting it for the first time or the hundredth, the Los Angeles River has something for everyone to enjoy. Our comprehensive guide wit...