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The War Over Wages, City by City

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The gridlock in Washington - where Congress hasn't boosted the federal minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour, since 2009 - has catalyzed a growing movement in cities and states. Nineteen states now have minimum wages over $7.25 an hour.

A Room Is a Cage, The World a Zoo in the Collages of Vikky Alexander

Annabel Osberg | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

The photo-collages in Vikky Alexander's first show at Wilding Cran Gallery, titled Theatergarden Bestiarium, are spare. In each, one or more cutout images of toy animals are overlaid onto a photo of a sumptuous historical site devoid of people.

The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

Paul Rogers | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Paul Rogers

Los Angeles has changed a lot since Chandler's day when it was just a big dry sunny place with ugly houses and no style, when people slept on porches and lots offering at eleven hundred dollars had no takers.

The 10 Longest Non-Stop Flights From Los Angeles

Hopper.com | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

While in terms of total passenger traffic, LAX still sits somewhere in sixth or seventh place globally; it's always claimed the crown for the planet's busiest single origin and destination airport.

Beat Points

Jill Robinson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

In L.A., the deadly threat now is drought. I do not see much evidence that we have heard this is an emergency. We should be on alert. Would I were twenty years younger and I would run for governor of California.

The Six O'Clock: A New Short Film by Judy Starkman

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Ruth Starkman

THE SIX O'CLOCK, a tightly crafted, elegantly photographed short film from director Judy Starkman tells the story of a man who is driven to perfect...

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

America's Densest Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Wendell Cox

There is a general perception that the densest US cities are in the Northeast, where downtowns tend to be bigger and inner city densities are higher. But in fact, most of the densest major urban areas are in the West.

It Takes a Village to Save a Dog

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.24.2014 | Los Angeles
BJ Gallagher

It was her eyes that caught my attention. I don't think I've ever seen a dog whose eyes were the same color as her fur - cocoa-colored with beautiful ...

Sundance Embraces TV Writers in New Episodic Story Lab

Gina Hall | Posted 09.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

Mention Sundance, and people immediately think indie film. But the institute is evoking its "story first" ethos and branching out into the world of episodic content. Sundance will hold its inaugural episodic story lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah from Sept. 27 - Oct. 2.

Why Child Welfare Investigation Delays in California Are Unacceptable

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 09.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

If your children reported that they had been mistreated or assaulted in any way, it wouldn't take long for you to address the issue and assure your children that they would be kept safe. Then why is it that children in the child welfare system are not given the same decisive action?

The Secret to a Happy Life? Think Inspiration, Not Money

Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D.

Experts point to other important factors for creating a joy-filled life, including satisfying personal relationships at home, spirituality or religious observance, and strong doses of optimism. After 40 years in the doctor business, I know that all of these are important.

A Backstage View of How People Transform Into Monsters for Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt 2014

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

Shortly after getting my Knott's Scary Farm Season Pass validated, I had a taste of what is in store for this year, as Knott's invited media to see what goes on backstage while final preparations are made for opening night.

California Girls: In Photographs

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Baudouin

Sasha Eisenman is a Los Angeles based photographer born into the Southern California surfing lifestyle and raised in the LA music scene. He began his ...

L.A.'s Drought Response: An Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti and the Office of Sustainability

Lisa Novick | Posted 09.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.

Major Fire Breaks Out At Port of Los Angeles

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime

A major fire broke out at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday night, burning roughly 150 feet of dock in the Wilmington neighborhood, threatening a near...

10 Things I Learned From Screening East Side Sushi

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened East Side Sushi at the Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco and here are 10 things I learned.

Windshield Decal Semiotics and Doctrinaire Cultism in the Artwork of Brendan Donnelly

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

The title of Brendan Donnelly's first exhibition at Paul Loya Gallery, "How To Be A Magician In Your Spare Time," is something of a misnomer--the show has little to do with magic. However, the emptiness of the titular promise is itself an ironic trick in keeping with the artist's skepticism of magisterial charlatanry.

Orthodox Synagogue Plans To Hire Woman As Clergy Member -- But Won't Call Her A Rabbi

Jewish Journal | Jared Sichel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member ...

8 Ways To Up Your Cocktail Game

Tasting Table | Posted 09.19.2014 | Taste
Tasting Table

Here, a few more inspirations for our next cocktail at home.

Causing Success: What Is Your Why?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Jen Grisanti

While studying the TV pilots for the upcoming Fall season, I noticed that many of them start with a set up of the personal dilemma for the central character. This gives the audience a point of connection in the story. In fiction and in life, there is tremendous value in starting with why.

When Living Fully Means Leaving The City Of Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Fifty

For 23 years, Barbara Bentree made Los Angeles her home, thriving on the bustle of city life. A singer who studied music education in college, Ben...

Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.

Why Milo and Olive is the Best Restaurant in Los Angeles

Ira Israel | Posted 09.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

While in Los Angeles if you wish to experience the full range of mouth-watering treasures and pleasures of living in abundance, try the minestrone soup at Milo and Olive.

California Heat Wave Drives Power Demand To Highest Of The Year

AP | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heat wave sent Californians to their air conditioners Friday and drove power demand to its highest peak of the year as the sout...