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The Expo Line Is LA Metro's Gateway Drug

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.06.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It came to me as I rode the Expo Line home after a business meeting in Santa Monica. The Expo Line is L.A. Metro's gateway drug. And, if we know what's good for us we should all keep experimenting to find our favorite rail or bus line. We should also all vote for Measure R2 in November.

How the Expo Line Got to Santa Monica

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.12.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With the Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica scheduled to open in May, this piece revisits an interview I conducted four years ago, shortly before the opening of the first phase of Expo to Culver City.

Arbor Day in South LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.12.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I don't know whether the County seeded the clouds like they did last week to cause yesterday's downpour but it sure made today's tree planting easier....

The Coyotes of West Hills

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

We bought our second home fifteen years ago by looking farther west in the aptly named community of West Hills, a move that served several purposes, both practical and psychological.

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

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.13.2015 | 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.

The Valley's Bizarre Bridge to Nowhere

Paul Haddad | Posted 08.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Paul Haddad

North of Victory Boulevard, however, Mr. Hyde takes over, assuming that familiar Valley identity of an overly wide, pedestrian-hostile boulevard pockmarked by auto shops, industrial behemoths, forlorn mini-malls and stucco overkill.

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.

Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.08.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jim Ruchalski, a pack-a-day guy, has gone to a lot of trouble to clear the stale-smoke scent out of his apartment. That's why the candles are burning and the fans are humming on high.

My State of the City

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Live from La Casa de Joel, I am pleased to bring you my State of the City address.

April Is for Commuters

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It's still early in the month but already April is shaping up to be a great one for Los Angeles commuters. No, I am not talking about the relative calm of Easter weekend, though that was nice too.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: The Emerging Controversy Behind Assemblywoman Patty Lopez in the San Fernando Valley

Arturo Carmona | Posted 06.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Carmona

The election of Patty Lopez was noteworthy to many because she beat a sitting, well-financed incumbent in a David and Goliath-esque battle. But as the dust has settled, many have begun to realize Ms. Lopez is not the "breath of fresh air" she was thought to be.

CicLAvia Means Business

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley was another testament to Los Angeles at its best. Once again, LA's longest block party has won over communities where the closing of major streets would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Not Your Parents' LADOT

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

While I wish WUF events were held at more transit-friendly locations west of the 405, attendees are always assured a great presentation on a timely topic. Today's event with LADOT's General Manager Seleta Reynolds was no exception.

It's No Day at the Beach on Transit to Playa Vista

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

So once again Angelenos will be cursed by the double-edged sword of economic development and a lack of transportation foresight when big developments like Playa Vista were approved.

Celebrating Women of the Post-War Era Through Photographs

Christina Rice | Posted 09.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Christina Rice

The accomplishments of these women have largely been buried in file cabinets for decades, but are now being resurrected through our efforts to digitize the Valley Times collection. This month, a new Central Library exhibit was unveiled highlighting the remarkable women of the Valley Times.

Star Wars Endures: May the 4th Be With You. Always.

Edward Headington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The French have accused Hollywood -- and the United States by extension -- of culture imperialism from time to time but let's face it. You just can't keep good 'ol American pop culture in the armoire anymore.

Planting Roots in the Homes of Others: Couch-Surfing in LA

Michele Bigley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Michele Bigley

As a traveler, I am calling this an adventure -- a truth because being without a home with two young children is nothing short of an adventure.

A New Way To Appreciate The Valley

Los Angeles Daily News | Dana Bartholomew | Posted 09.06.2013 | Los Angeles

At the height of postwar progress, the San Fernando Valley promised the best of the modern dream: hillside views, sprawling homes and some of the cool...

PHOTOS: 3 Hidden Gems In The Valley (Shudder!)

Party Earth | Posted 05.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Party Earth

If you're looking to burn off some calories acquired at all the great restaurants and bars, you'll be glad to know that the Valley provides ample hiking trails, parks, and other outdoor experiences.

If LA Shall Appear Great to You, Consider Then Passing CCFO

Edward Headington | Posted 04.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

There are still glories ahead for our City of Angels but only if men and women purchase them through thoughtful policymaking.

Will It Take an Earthquake to Bring the Subway to the Sea?

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

As any good student of L.A. history can tell you, following the Northridge quake the Santa Monica freeway was rebuilt in less than three months. Of course I am not wishing for an earthquake, mudslide or fire.

Review: Starlet

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Starlet, opening Friday in limited release, may be one of the year's most surprising little movies, a tough-minded, low-budget tale that never quite leads you where it seems to be going.

Alice Hines

Mayor: J.C. Penney 'Slaps Us In The Face'

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 08.02.2012 | Business

As new J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson courts the cool, elusive city shopper, one town is playing the role of an angry ex. "J.C. Penney, here again you...

The Orange Line Extension -- Another Reason to Leave Your Car at Home

Joel Epstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Unless you are transporting your horse from Chatsworth to the polo field at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades, there is no reason not to ride the Orange Line.