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The Hidden Gems in Our Favorite City: The Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Cathy Weiss | Posted 03.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Have you ever known someone who has that special spark that can help change her community? Sooky Goldman helped save the parklands of Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills.

5 Hikes To Ruins In Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

Seth Smigelski | Posted 10.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Seth Smigelski

Summits and scenic overlooks are reliable standbys for hikers, but you can have a bit more fun hiking to abandoned ruins in Los Angeles County. These dilapidated destinations, often put to ruin by wildfires, provide a window into L.A.'s past.

5 Hikes in Malibu Creek State Park (PHOTOS)

Seth Smigelski | Posted 01.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Seth Smigelski

Malibu might be known for its beaches, but you should trade your wet suit for hiking boots to enjoy Malibu Creek State Park. A variety of short and long hikes within the park lead to pools, peaks, lake views, and even famous film sets.

The Hills Around L.A.

Vicky Shorr | Posted 07.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Vicky Shorr

But by now the sun was cutting across the tops of the hills with that last and best of the golden light, and it was pretty much too late for snakes. I took a breath, sat down on a rock. Maybe I'd stay and watch the moonrise. And then I saw the scat, right there, and it didn't look like a coyote.

LA's Wild Urban Cougars Could Go Extinct & It's All Our Fault

AP | By NOAKI SCHWARTZ | Posted 12.01.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Morning commuters in Los Angeles were likely startled, if not downright terrified, when a young mountain lion recently strode onto Inte...

Saving Franklin Canyon: Zoning In on a Solution

John Mirisch | Posted 07.06.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

The public has a right to be protected from environmental impacts and to expect developers to follow zoning laws and codes.

Finding the Money to Build Out LA's 30/10 Transportation Initiative

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

More fixed rail and dedicated lane bus rapid transit like Metro's Orange Line can mean the difference between getting to work on time and not having a job to go to.