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You Can Visit The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Right Here In SoCal

You Can Visit The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Right Here In SoCal

There's a half-size replica touring the West Coast, and you can catch it this Memorial Day weekend in Simi Valley.

These Are The People You Want To Know When You're Hiking 2,653 Miles

These Are The People You Want To Know When You're Hiking 2,653 Miles

I'd read about Trail Angels in Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir "Wild," and saw the ones depicted in the 2014 movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, but had never visited them.

There's A New Attempt To Get Rent Control On The Ballot In Pasadena

There's A New Attempt To Get Rent Control On The Ballot In Pasadena

Tenant rights groups hope Pasadena voters will make the city the next to expand rent control.

Dear LAist: What's Up With The Pedestrian Bridge Connecting Cypress Park And Frogtown?

Dear LAist: What's Up With The Pedestrian Bridge Connecting Cypress Park And Frogtown?

The bridge leads to Taylor Yard, a 42-acre parcel of land that has been dubbed by some city officials as the "crown jewel" of the L.A. River revitalization project.

A Beginner's Guide to Biking in LA

A Beginner's Guide to Biking in LA
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This is a perfect time of year to try biking because May is National Bike Month.

A Corpse Flower Named Phil Is About To Bloom In Long Beach

A Corpse Flower Named Phil Is About To Bloom In Long Beach

They call him Phil, and you can smell him now at Cal State Long Beach (if you act fast).

Shocking LA Ad Campaign Offers Fake Insurance For Gun Violence. 14 Teens Are Behind It

Shocking LA Ad Campaign Offers Fake Insurance For Gun Violence. 14 Teens Are Behind It

The campaign, called "Louder Than Guns," grew out of frustration over what the high school students see as normalization of gun violence across the U.S.

Homeless In San Clemente? The City Has A Campsite For You

Homeless In San Clemente? The City Has A Campsite For You

City officials hope that by designating a lot where people can sleep, they'll be able to clear out illegal encampments.

LAUSD Superintendent's Big Plan To Improve Schools Pins Its Hope On Principals

LAUSD Superintendent's Big Plan To Improve Schools Pins Its Hope On Principals

Beutner's plan is almost as notable for what it does not include.

West Hollywood Is Protesting Georgia's 6-Week Abortion Ban

West Hollywood Is Protesting Georgia's 6-Week Abortion Ban

City officials won't travel to Georgia, and the city council will look to cut ties with Georgia-based businesses.

Why The Feds Are Dropping Migrant Families At Bus Stations In The Inland Empire

Why The Feds Are Dropping Migrant Families At Bus Stations In The Inland Empire

Officials say more families seeking asylum have strained capacity, and that some are being transferred to California from points east. Bus station drop-offs have become common elsewhere, but advocates say it's the first time they've seen it so close to L.A.

For Porter Ranch Firefighters And Thousands Of Others, The Aliso Gas Leak Is Not Over

For Porter Ranch Firefighters And Thousands Of Others, The Aliso Gas Leak Is Not Over

"We had a lot of people coming to the station asking us what the health risks were and we couldn't figure that out and we couldn't get any information," says retired LAFD Engineer Dan Mehterian.

An Arrest, A Strip Search, Then 5 Tasings. Jury Clears LAPD In Death Of Man Who Choked On Heroin

An Arrest, A Strip Search, Then 5 Tasings. Jury Clears LAPD In Death Of Man Who Choked On Heroin

Alex Aguilar,a 42-year old father, was picked up for violating a gang injunction. Jurors never heard that the police chief and an oversight panel found that the officers use of the Taser was out of policy.

You Asked Us How To Not Have Babies. We Have Some Answers

You Asked Us How To Not Have Babies. We Have Some Answers

Everything you need to know about staying baby-free.

Don't Blame Voter Apathy For Low Turnout In School Board Elections. Here's Who's Really At Fault

Don't Blame Voter Apathy For Low Turnout In School Board Elections. Here's Who's Really At Fault

"Despite millions spent" on last week's LAUSD election, turnout was terrible.

How We Vote In LA Is About To Change. Here's How To Make Your Opinion Known

How We Vote In LA Is About To Change. Here's How To Make Your Opinion Known

Your neighborhood polling place might close. Here's how L.A. County voters can prepare for upcoming changes that will start during the March 2020 presidential primary election.

We Now Know Why The Worst Gas Leak In US History Happened

We Now Know Why The Worst Gas Leak In US History Happened

The leak lasted for several months and forced some 8,000 households to evacuate for weeks or months.

The VA Is Making It Rain Baby Showers

The VA Is Making It Rain Baby Showers

Women are a fast-growing segment of veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has historically done a poor job of serving female patients and making sure they feel welcome at VA facilities. Can this new strategy work?

LA Is Getting Two Homeless Shelters Made From Shipping Containers

LA Is Getting Two Homeless Shelters Made From Shipping Containers

Although city officials have marketed these and other bridge housing projects to residents with the understanding that they'll operate for no more than three years, a district official noted that it is possible the Lafayette Park shelter could remain in place longer.

 Homeless College Students Are Sleeping In Their Cars. What Should Schools Do About It?

Homeless College Students Are Sleeping In Their Cars. What Should Schools Do About It?

Opponents of legislation to open community college parking lots to homeless students say bigger solutions are needed.

New Guy Gets Blame for Delayed Cleanup of Highly Contagious Bacteria at LAPD Station

New Guy Gets Blame for Delayed Cleanup of Highly Contagious Bacteria at LAPD Station

Turns out citizens aren't the only ones who have trouble getting through to the right city officials.

An LAPD Jail Is Infested With Bed Bugs

An LAPD Jail Is Infested With Bed Bugs

Exterminators are spraying the building.

$13M Settlement Reached After Worker Is Injured At A Tesla Factory

$13M Settlement Reached After Worker Is Injured At A Tesla Factory

The two sides came to a settlement late Friday. The injury occurred during a 2014 incident when the janitor was struck by a Tesla car at the Fremont plant, according to legal documents.

She's Back: Jackie Goldberg Reclaims Seat On LAUSD Board

She's Back: Jackie Goldberg Reclaims Seat On LAUSD Board

Goldberg's overwhelming victory is a stunning reversal of political fortunes for charter school advocates.

LA County Agrees To Pay $3.75M To Family Of 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Sheriff's Deputy

LA County Agrees To Pay $3.75M To Family Of 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Sheriff's Deputy

Anthony Weber was killed on Super Bowl Sunday in 2018. Authorities said he had a gun. His family disputes it.

LA Zoo's California Condors Are Becoming Foster Parents

LA Zoo's California Condors Are Becoming Foster Parents

They're taking chicks under their literal wings.

24 LA Lifeguards Went For A Swim And Got Bacterial Infections. They're Blaming The City

24 LA Lifeguards Went For A Swim And Got Bacterial Infections. They're Blaming The City

Lifeguards say they told parks department officials the water was dangerous, but they were ordered to jump in anyway. Then came the parasites.

Why Does LAPD Keep Buying Tasers That Don't Work Like They Should?

Why Does LAPD Keep Buying Tasers That Don't Work Like They Should?

Cops bought thousands of new Tasers that their data showed were less effective than old ones.

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

Using excess solar and wind energy to power massive hydroelectric plants could be a key way to help get L.A. to its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Power To The People: Why Neighborhood Councils Matter

Power To The People: Why Neighborhood Councils Matter
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The Neighborhood Councils tackle small everyday vexations such as potholes. But they also work on bigger issues including power and water rates, or solutions to LA's most major crises.

From Prison To Campus: These California Colleges Want To Ease The Culture Shock For Ex-Offenders

From Prison To Campus: These California Colleges Want To Ease The Culture Shock For Ex-Offenders

Programs target formerly incarcerated students at a critical time: their first year.

Homelessness Is Getting Worse In Southern California. Here's Why

Homelessness Is Getting Worse In Southern California. Here's Why

The high cost of housing is the main reason people fall into homelessness, and keeping a roof over your head isn't getting any more affordable.

Asian American, Christian, Progressive And Lonely. Is There A Church For You?

Asian American, Christian, Progressive And Lonely. Is There A Church For You?

Some younger Asian Americans are leaving their parents' conservative churches. But progressive churches, which tend to be older and whiter, aren't always the right fit.

Anaheim Police Officer Fired For Involvement in Fatal Shooting

Anaheim Police Officer Fired For Involvement in Fatal Shooting

Two officers fired their weapons at the suspect's car a total of 76 times, according to the Orange County district attorney's report.

LA Wants To Charge Illegal Pot Shops For The Work It Takes To Shut Them Down

LA Wants To Charge Illegal Pot Shops For The Work It Takes To Shut Them Down

Those charges can include costs associated with LAPD enforcement, shutting off the retailers' utilities, and legal fees from the city attorney's involvement.

LA Uber Drivers Organized A Boycott, One Passenger At A Time

LA Uber Drivers Organized A Boycott, One Passenger At A Time

Uber's IPO this week could make a lot of people rich, just not the drivers.

Why LAUSD's Measure EE to Fund Schools Is On Shaky Legal Ground

Why LAUSD's Measure EE to Fund Schools Is On Shaky Legal Ground

A last-minute change to the ballot language could jeopardize the district's plans to create a new source of funding to pay for the settlement that ended the teachers strike.

2 LAPD Officers Infected With MRSA At West Valley Station

2 LAPD Officers Infected With MRSA At West Valley Station

An official familiar with the situation says an officer and a lieutenant were infected, and have received medical treatment.

Long Beach Has Alarmingly High Rates Of HIV And Other STDs

Long Beach Has Alarmingly High Rates Of HIV And Other STDs

The rate of new HIV infections in Long Beach is twice as high as in California. Here's what the city is planning to do about it.

As USC's Year Ends,  Biq Questions Remain About What Name The Football Stadium Will Have This Fall

As USC's Year Ends, Biq Questions Remain About What Name The Football Stadium Will Have This Fall

The answer is still unclear. USC says it's willing to listen to veterans and modify the name change to 'United Airlines Memorial Stadium.' That is, if United Airlines agrees. The airline has said it is prepared to pull out of the $69M naming deal.

A Complete List Of Measles Exposure Sites in LA, That We Know Of So Far

A Complete List Of Measles Exposure Sites in LA, That We Know Of So Far

The outbreak in L.A. County continues to grow.

 'Culture Of Corruption' Alleged At CHP's East LA Station; Officers Fight Back

'Culture Of Corruption' Alleged At CHP's East LA Station; Officers Fight Back

CHP leaders say East L.A. officers got paid for work protecting Caltrans crews, even when they went home early. Some of those accused have hired former L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley's firm to defend their jobs and reputations.

SoCal Health Officials Release Dozens Of Public Places Latest Measles Patients Went While Contagious

SoCal Health Officials Release Dozens Of Public Places Latest Measles Patients Went While Contagious

A baby too young to be vaccinated and a Long Beach man who was vaccinated -- but still contracted the highly-contagious disease -- are the latest cases in Southern California. Another non-resident also traveled through L.A. while infected in recent days.

This South L.A. Charter School Closed a Month Early -- And Won't Reopen

This South L.A. Charter School Closed a Month Early -- And Won't Reopen

Summit Preparatory Charter School's early closure wasn't exactly sudden -- but it is rare.

When You See A Shark Off SoCal's Coast... Who Ya Gonna Call?

When You See A Shark Off SoCal's Coast... Who Ya Gonna Call?

Scientists need your help to track these big, goofy-looking fish.

Attorney General Launches Statewide Investigation Into Catholic Dioceses Handling of Sex Abuse Cases

Attorney General Launches Statewide Investigation Into Catholic Dioceses Handling of Sex Abuse Cases

The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest Catholic jurisdiction in the country, is among those that received letters this week.

Union Station Turns 80! Take A Look Back At The LA Icon In Photos

Union Station Turns 80! Take A Look Back At The LA Icon In Photos

Despite the station's controversial past, the Art Deco, mission-style marvel still stands as a monument to the city's grand ambitions.

LA County Sues Trucking Company It Alleges Leaked Lead And Arsenic Throughout California

LA County Sues Trucking Company It Alleges Leaked Lead And Arsenic Throughout California

The lawsuit claims contaminants like lead and arsenic leaked from battery casings transported by Wiley Sanders Truck Lines.

Police Discover An Elaborate Drug Lab In A Wealthy Burbank Gated Community

Police Discover An Elaborate Drug Lab In A Wealthy Burbank Gated Community

Officers believe it may be part of a larger operation.

It's Not Just You, LA's Freeways Have Gotten Slower Since 2015

It's Not Just You, LA's Freeways Have Gotten Slower Since 2015

New data says rush hour drive speeds are, on average, worse than they were five years ago.

On Remembrance Day, Holocaust Survivor In LA Says Anti-Semitism Today In US Is Frightening

On Remembrance Day, Holocaust Survivor In LA Says Anti-Semitism Today In US Is Frightening

This year's commemoration comes on the heels of two U.S. attacks on synagogues and an uptick in violence targeting religious communities around the world.

It's May Day. Here's What To Expect In LA

It's May Day. Here's What To Expect In LA

Expect some democracy in action. Also traffic delays.

SoCal Gas Could Be Required To Pay 47,000 Customers $100 Each After Billing Fiasco

SoCal Gas Could Be Required To Pay 47,000 Customers $100 Each After Billing Fiasco

An investigation found that SoCal Gas violated the rights of consumers by delaying bills for more than a month.

'Social Equity' Applicants Are Still Waiting For Their Cannabis Licenses

'Social Equity' Applicants Are Still Waiting For Their Cannabis Licenses

The city council voted Tuesday to begin taking applications for new pot shop licenses by early September. But many "social equity" applicants say they can't afford to keep waiting.

Mountain Lion P-47 Found Dead

Mountain Lion P-47 Found Dead

His remains were discovered on March 21

LA's First Two-Way Bike Lane Arrives Downtown

LA's First Two-Way Bike Lane Arrives Downtown

The lane runs downtown along Spring Street, between 3rd and 9th.

LA County Leaders Say 'Violent, Gang-Like' Deputy Cliques Are A Huge Liability -- And They Want Names

LA County Leaders Say 'Violent, Gang-Like' Deputy Cliques Are A Huge Liability -- And They Want Names

A motion from the Board of Supervisors calls out a "troubled history" of secret societies they say have brought a "toxic dynamic" to the sheriff's department and racked up millions in settlements.

Here's What You Need To Know About Measles, As The Outbreak Continues To Grow

Here's What You Need To Know About Measles, As The Outbreak Continues To Grow

Some students at Cal State LA and UCLA have been quarantined

LA Is Proposing Its Own Green New Deal -- And It Involves A Lot Of Zeros

LA Is Proposing Its Own Green New Deal -- And It Involves A Lot Of Zeros

The proposal calls for the creation of as many as 300,000 new jobs to build and support cleaner forms of energy.

California Wants to Fix Its Early Learning System. Here's How

California Wants to Fix Its Early Learning System. Here's How

Lawmakers are releasing a new blueprint for making early childhood education more accessible, affordable and financially viable.

Twilight Brigade Comforts Dying Veterans. Now They're Fighting Eviction From VA's West LA Campus

Twilight Brigade Comforts Dying Veterans. Now They're Fighting Eviction From VA's West LA Campus

The VA is working to comply with an Inspector General report issued in September. But the Twilight Brigade says it's providing important services to vets, and should be allowed to stay.

An (Instagram) Field Guide to LA's Trees

An (Instagram) Field Guide to LA's Trees

Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse urban forests in the world.

Nearly 2,000 Visit The California Desert To Remember A Dark Chapter In American History

Nearly 2,000 Visit The California Desert To Remember A Dark Chapter In American History

Many see parallels between the xenophobia that met Japanese Americans during World War II and the way immigrants and refugees are treated today.

A Fallen Vietnam Vet From Montebello Finally Returns Home -- After 52 Years

A Fallen Vietnam Vet From Montebello Finally Returns Home -- After 52 Years

Raul Antonio Guerra's friends fought for decades to bring his remains home. They had to wait for forensic testing to advance before it could happen.

LA Foster Kids Will Get Free Smartphones Starting in June

LA Foster Kids Will Get Free Smartphones Starting in June

About 33 thousand foster youth are eligible for the new pilot program.

People Just Won't Stop Vandalizing Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

People Just Won't Stop Vandalizing Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

It's not the first time Trump's star has been defaced, and it probably won't be the last.

Dear LAist: Why Does It Seem Every Elevator In LA Has An Expired Safety Permit?

Dear LAist: Why Does It Seem Every Elevator In LA Has An Expired Safety Permit?

Nearly half of the elevators in the city are past due for a yearly inspection. But statistically, elevators are exceptionally safe.

Yes, Marsquakes Exist. But How Do They Compare To SoCal's Earthquakes?

Yes, Marsquakes Exist. But How Do They Compare To SoCal's Earthquakes?

It took nearly two months before the InSight team registered a marsquake. Compare that to Southern California, which experiences an earthquake roughly every three minutes.

Come And Get Your Free Measles Vaccine, Angelenos

Come And Get Your Free Measles Vaccine, Angelenos

The U.S. is on track for the worst measles outbreak this century -- and some of those cases are in L.A. County.

25 Years After His Tragic Death, Oscar Gomez Gets His College Degree

25 Years After His Tragic Death, Oscar Gomez Gets His College Degree

The Chicano activist influenced many fellow students before his life was cut short at age 21.

Thousands March In LA For Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Thousands March In LA For Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Genocide remembrance marches have become major annual events in Los Angeles, which is home to largest Armenian community anywhere outside of Armenia.

 How People In LA Are Helping Elect A Prime Minister In India

How People In LA Are Helping Elect A Prime Minister In India

Popular but polarizing Narendra Modi is up for reelection -- and thousands of Southern Californians want to make sure he wins.

Your Field Guide To The LAUSD Election Happening On Tuesday

Your Field Guide To The LAUSD Election Happening On Tuesday

Big money, charters-versus-unions, and race-driven redistricting -- welcome to another LAUSD grudge match.

 LA Sheriff Watchdog: The First Amendment Shouldn't Shield Deputy Cliques, Tattoos From Scrutiny

LA Sheriff Watchdog: The First Amendment Shouldn't Shield Deputy Cliques, Tattoos From Scrutiny

For years, the department has done almost nothing to rein in deputy gangs, largely because L.A. County's lawyers have argued that deputy cliques and tattoos are protected by the First Amendment.

More Seniors In LA Are Working Into Old Age. But Not For The Reasons You Might Think

More Seniors In LA Are Working Into Old Age. But Not For The Reasons You Might Think

The seniors who most need to keep working often have the hardest time finding a job.

LAUSD Is Asking Voters For More Funding. Outside Experts Say They Could Be Saving Millions

LAUSD Is Asking Voters For More Funding. Outside Experts Say They Could Be Saving Millions

By 2022, a consulting team found the school district could be saving at least $236 million a year.

LA County Health Officials Are Investigating A Measles Outbreak

LA County Health Officials Are Investigating A Measles Outbreak

The department today confirmed five known cases of the disease.

Meet The LAUSD Teen Fighting To Lower The Voting Age To 16 In School Board Elections

Meet The LAUSD Teen Fighting To Lower The Voting Age To 16 In School Board Elections

The L.A. Unified School Board will explore opening its elections up to 16- and 17-year-olds.

LA's Plastic Straw Ban Goes Into Effect Today

LA's Plastic Straw Ban Goes Into Effect Today

Don't be surprised if your beverages look a little different.

LA Metro Is Offering Free Rides On Earth Day

LA Metro Is Offering Free Rides On Earth Day

Metrolink is also offering free rides on its trains Monday.

Yes, You Can Have A Vaginal Birth After A C-Section

Yes, You Can Have A Vaginal Birth After A C-Section

You might have heard an old saying, "Once a cesarean, always a cesarean." But that's not always true.

Nipsey Hussle's Murder Rattles LA's Tight-Knit Eritrean Community

Nipsey Hussle's Murder Rattles LA's Tight-Knit Eritrean Community

Being part of L.A.'s small Eritrean community is "like having a second family," said one teenager.

All That Rain Is Growing New Fuel For Future Wildfires

All That Rain Is Growing New Fuel For Future Wildfires

The not-so-silver lining of all that rain: We may be primed to burn.

Third Person With Measles Passes Through LAX This Year

Third Person With Measles Passes Through LAX This Year

Any travelers or visitors who were in the area are at risk for developing the disease for up to 21 days.

It's Been Quite A Week, So Please Enjoy These Adorable, Angry Bobcat Kittens

It's Been Quite A Week, So Please Enjoy These Adorable, Angry Bobcat Kittens

The four kittens and their mom made a den in a backyard in Westlake Village.

This Cal State Created A Game To Keep Students In School (And It Pays Top Players $1,000)

This Cal State Created A Game To Keep Students In School (And It Pays Top Players $1,000)

Players earn points, badges and actual cash for learning about how to adapt to college's academic, financial, and social challenges.

What You Need To Know About LA's New $10.6 Billion Spending Plan

What You Need To Know About LA's New $10.6 Billion Spending Plan

One thing that jumps out: The budget requests a 40% jump in overtime funds for the LAPD. But officials said the increase addresses chronic underfunding of actual costs.

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