Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting married there. We've spent a lot of time all over LA- downtown, in the Valley, in West Hollywood, up in Malibu, down in Culver City- the city never ceases to amaze us.

LAist is edited by the marvelous writer Tom Berman, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who now splits his time between the two coasts. We've been working on the site for a couple of months in the dark, so we hope we've worked out the worst bugs- but as they say on the subway here in New York, "if you see something, say something!" And of course, we hope you will enjoy our site- if you like it, come again and tell your friends!