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Inside One Prosecutor's Revolt Against DA Gascón's Criminal Justice Agenda

DA George Gascón has directed his prosecutors to seek the dismissal of additional charges that can add many years to a defendant's sentence, arguing that they drive mass incarceration of mostly Black and brown men. But some prosecutors are resisting his order; we watch this play out in a double murder case.

Death In A Crosswalk: The Killing Of A 4-Year-Old Shows LA's Failure To Stop Traffic Violence

In October 2019, Alessa Fajardo was killed by a driver while walking to her preschool. Her family is still waiting for the driver to be held accountable -- and for the city of Los Angeles to make their neighborhood streets safer.

Gangs? Cliques? Subgroups? Call Them What You Will -- There've Been 18 (Yes, 18) In The LA Sheriff's Department

The report identified 11 "deputy gangs" and seven "subgroups." Some have tattoos, hand signals, and rituals that are similar to a criminal street gang, it said.

LA's Ghost Kitchens Aren't An Illusion -- But Beware Of Phantom Branding

They live and die by delivery. Without a location, are they building sustainable brands or just offering fancy catering?

How To (New) LA: Practical Guides For Navigating The Day-To-Day As It Changes Minute-By-Minute

Up is down. Day is night. High is low. Left is mustard. This is the world right now. Hundreds of news briefings, thousands of audience questions, and an entire newsroom of reporting has gone into this special edition of our L.A. handbook series.

What If A Big Earthquake Hit California Right Now?

Surprisingly, there might be some positives to having everyone quarantined and our country on high alert.

The Scramble To Fix Los Angeles Voting Before November (And What Went Wrong)

"Voters who waited patiently for hours deserve our praise for their commitment to democracy. Voters deserve better," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Special Report: Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire

At the bottom rung of the Southern California rental market, some tenants live in insect- and mold-infested units, struggling to get their most basic maintenance needs met.

'Car Accident' Or 'Traffic Violence'? The Way We Talk About Crashes Is Evolving

New research shows the effect police language and media narratives have on how we perceive who's to blame when a driver kills a pedestrian.

Grab Your Spoon For A Country-By-Country Tour Of SoCal's Porridge Scene

Congee. Bobar. Chok. Juk. Bubur ayam. One of the most comforting comfort foods, it goes by many names and has many preparations.

Is It OK To Take Avocados And Other Fruits From Your Neighbor's Tree? LA's Favorite Question, Revisited

One of our colleagues asked if she should take avocados from her neighbor's tree. We decided to ask all of Los Angeles for the answer. 

LAUSD Tried To Make A New Middle School For WeHo. They Made A Mess Instead

District officials are hoping to lure some West Hollywood parents to keep their kids in LAUSD after elementary school.

My Stay At The Lisa Frank Flat Was All Rainbows, Unicorns And... Controversy

Allegations of artistic theft. A social media backlash. Let's take a trip down the rainbow rabbit hole.

An Oral History Of Blade Runner's 2019 Los Angeles, Because The Future Has Arrived

It took place in November 2019. Pretty soon, Blade Runner will take place in the past.

An LAUSD Student Asked Us About The 'Gross,' Yellowish Water At Her School. We Investigated

Why was the water at Clifford Elementary coming out a little bit yellow?

How To Shop A Oaxacan Market Like A Pro -- With Bricia Lopez Of Guelaguetza

Mamey, tejate, tlayudas, chilacayote and so many delicious foods you'll find in a Oaxacan market.

After Aliso: How The Worst Gas Leak In US History Forced Angelenos To Rethink Their Energy Supply

For many years, natural gas was considered to be a safe, dependable energy source. Then came the country's largest uncontrolled leak. It happened in LA's own backyard and forced everyone from industry pros to local residents to rethink gas consumption.

We Asked If You Ever Quit A Job Because Of LA Traffic. 300 Of You Said 'Duh.' These Are Your Stories

"I've made the last-minute decision to move from Los Angeles more than once while sitting on the 405."

Attention Angelenos: The Way You Vote Is Changing

Goodbye, neighborhood polling places. Hello, high-tech voting machines. Check it all out Saturday and Sunday during L.A. County's "Mock Election."

What Universal Studios' Waterworld Got Right About A Stunt Show, Wrong About Climate Change

An actual Waterworld is impossible, but this show's stunts only SEEM impossible.

Former Staffers Accuse Owner Of Cafe Stella In Silver Lake Of Sexual Harassment

Five women and one man say restaurateur Gareth Kantner sexually harassed them -- and others.

How To Intentionally (And Safely) Walk To Dodger Stadium And Save Your Money For Overpriced Beer

Won't you feel smart when you burn calories and walk past all those cars waiting in line?

Protesters Killed A Plan For A Koreatown Homeless Shelter, But That's Just The Beginning Of The Story

A shelter controversy in Koreatown was a political wake-up call to Korean Americans and sparked a grassroots movement to help the homeless.

LA County Has 12 Tiki Bars, And This Summer, We Want To Try Them All

Can't afford to sail to a tropical island? You can drink away your cares in a place pretending to be one.

This Village Of Black Artists Has Been A Semi-Secret Creative Haven For 50 Years

St. Elmo Village in L.A.'s Mid-City just celebrated 50 years of art and activism. Will it survive another half-century?

Traffic Data Now Supports Our Suspicions. There Are Best And Worst Days To Drive On LA Freeways

Turns out a case of the Mondays isn't always a bad thing when it comes to your commute.

Metro's Plan For Bus-Only Lanes Is LA's Latest Existential Battleground

The projects will replace car lanes with dedicated bus lanes to clear the way for faster public transit. But does that mean more Angelenos will take the bus?

5 SoCal Beaches Where You Might Get Hit With A Wave Of Poop Water

Sometimes beach water is full of poop. Or, more specifically, fecal-related bacteria primarily found in the intestines of mammals.

It Took Inheritance For My Family To 'Win' In LA's Housing Market

The reality is that unless you're lucky enough to already own property or be among L.A.'s highest earners, your dream of home ownership is probably out of reach.

Scooters, Scooters Everywhere. Here's How LA's Grand Experiment Is Going

You've probably noticed more e-scooters taking up sidewalk space and zipping around neighborhoods. Prepare for even more.

What Is A Charter School, Exactly? A Field Guide

What's all the fuss, anyway? Charter schools, explained.

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.

The Slowest Freeway In LA Is Not All Of Them. Here's The Real Answer

A group of L.A.-based journalists and data scientists have calculated which freeway is actually, really, truly, for real, no joke the slooowwwwwwest.

(Almost) Every Late-Night Restaurant in Los Angeles, By Neighborhood

L.A. takes late-night dining seriously. These 400+ restaurants are proof.

A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles

The report includes 67 specific recommendations for local policymakers. Will they listen?

LA Explained: The 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is coming to Los Angeles! (And the rest of the country.) This guide will help demystify the process and explain why it's such a big deal for us.

You've Seen Those Shen Yun Ads All Over LA. Here's What The Show Is Really About

That sense of being stalked by the ads is seemingly universal. But much less understood is the dance troupe's origins in a controversial spiritual movement.

How A Tweet About The Mars Rover Dying Blew Up On The Internet And Made People Cry

"My battery is low and it's getting dark" is now the subject of memes, YouTube videos and T-shirts.

The Apple Pan Has Been Sold -- Hold On To Your Buns

Entertainment mogul Irving Azoff and his wife, Shelli, bought the 72-year-old West L.A. burger shack.

Meet The Angelenos Who Aren't Waiting For The Government To Address The Homelessness Crisis

What started as a band of neighbors who wanted to get to know their homeless neighbors on a first name basis has grown into one of the strongest advocates for the homeless in its corner of the city.

How The Destruction Of LA's Original Chinatown Led To The One We Have Today

Displaced by racism and civic development, L.A.'s Chinatown rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the city's first such enclave.

My So-Called Plastic-Free Life. I Tried For A Month. Here's What Happened

My family of four pledged to ditch single-use plastic for a month. Behold this diary of anguish, joy and plasticized stickers.

Where To Eat Soul Food In LA Right Now

Fried chicken. Waffles. Collard greens. Oxtail. Parmesan grits. Catfish. Okra. Cornbread. Chitterlings.

8 Amazing Bike Rides In Los Angeles

8 great rides that take place on roads that are entirely car-free or have light traffic -- and they work for folks of all fitness levels.

Hollywood's Target Husk Tells Us How It Feels About Becoming A Real Store

"I've seen things you humans wouldn't believe. Sunsets on fire on the shoulder of the Griffith Observatory. I've watched transplant's eyes glitter with the promise of Hollywood. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in the rain. Time to buy!"

'Dear NIMBYs' -- An Open Letter From A Homeless Woman In LA

Keanakay Scott cried when she read a man's suggestion that homeless people like her and her 6-year-old daughter be put on a "reservation." Then she decided to speak up.

LA Is Raising Speed Limits In Order To Enforce Them (AKA Write More Tickets)

Here are the new speed limits (and an explanation of this confounding situation).

The Bizarre Story Behind The Suicide Bombing Of A SoCal Cult

On December 10, 1958, a blast in Box Canyon killed 10 people and decimated a religious sect. Why did two acolytes want to kill their guru?

Mountain Lion P-64, Famous For Frequent Freeway Crossings, Found Dead In Woolsey Fire Burn Zone

P-64 was nicknamed "The Culvert Cat" by biologists for his exceptional skill of crossing the region's freeways.

Your Homeless Neighbors Have Probably Lived In LA Longer Than You

Homelessness affects virtually all demographic groups.

In America's 'Worst Bike City,' Laws To Protect Cyclists Are Rarely Enforced

Cycling in SoCal is hazardous. The state's so-called Three Foot Law was supposed to make bicyclists safer from at one danger: passing cars. So why are some big Southern California police agencies almost never issuing tickets?

How To Order In-N-Out Fries That Don't Totally Suck

It only takes two words to make them golden and edible.

Mountain Lion P-74 'Most Likely' Died In The Woolsey Fire

The sub-adult male was the newest cougar being tracked as part of NPS biologists' study of mountain lions in the region.

Getting A 110-Foot-Tall Christmas Tree To The Citadel Outlet Is Even More Complicated Than You Think

The massive tree gets filled out with branches from other trees that are placed in holes all over the trunk.

SoCal's Brightest Holiday Lights And Where To Find Them

From theme parks, zoos and gardens to boat parades, Candy Cane Lanes and shopping malls, here's where to get lit.

What Happens To The Maids And Gardeners Of Malibu When The Houses Are Gone

"I need the money, I need to keep working. To be honest, I don't know what to do," said one day laborer.

Street Artists Call Out Alleged #MeToo Perpetrators On LA Theater Marquees

They were put up in the dark of night, calling out everyone from Harvey Weinstein to Quentin Tarantino.

What Happened At The Santa Susana Nuclear Site During The Woolsey Fire?

The site is riddled with radioactive waste and toxic compounds. Where does it all go during a fire?

The Saga Of Stanley -- The Malibu Giraffe Caught In An Actual And Online Inferno

"It is a major mobilization to move a giraffe," a Santa Barbara Zoo official told LAist. In the case of a fast-moving fire, "you couldn't mobilize fast enough or safely enough to move the animals. If they didn't kill the animal trying to load it, it would be amazing."

What To Do -- And Not Do -- When You Get Home After A Wildfire

Some helpful suggestions on how to protect yourself from ash and particles from the fire. 

These Photos Of The Woolsey Fire In Malibu Show How Intense And Devastating It's Been

The Woolsey Fire has killed two people, forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and left a wide swath of destruction in Southern California. Here's what that looks like.

How You Can Help Those Affected By The Southern California Wildfires

From making a donation to volunteering, here's what you can do.

Thousand Oaks Shooter's Health Frayed In College, Roommate Says

Ian David Long was a decorated veteran who served a tour in Afghanistan. On Wednesday night, Long walked into the Borderline Bar and Grill armed with a handgun shortly after 11:20 p.m. and started shooting.

What We Know About The Victims Of The Borderline Bar Shooting In Thousand Oaks

Twelve people were killed when a man opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night.

Where You Should Eat Filipino Food In Los Angeles Right Now

Pinoy restaurant roots run deep here and a new generation of Filipino chefs is familiarizing diners with flavors from their motherland.

California Has Had A Monster Wildfire Every Year For The Past 7 Years

The biggest fire yet is burning right now. The Mendocino Complex fire has surpassed last year's Thomas Fire, adding to a list of massive fires in California in the last 20 years.

Every Day Is Fire Season. Here's How Angelenos Can Prepare Right Now

Protect your pets, your belongings, your house, your community, yourself.

The Best 'Everyday' Dinner Spots In Los Angeles

When you're not looking for a special occasion, just something comfortable and consistent.

The Best 'Everyday' Dinner Spots In Los Angeles

When you're not looking for a special occasion, just something comfortable and consistent.

Beat The Heat With L.A.'s Nine Best Milkshakes

L.A.'s milkshakes bring all the boys to know what, never mind, we already regret this pun.

The Best Underrated Movie Theaters In Los Angeles

From a classroom that only seats 60 people, to a church that hosts silent film screenings, here are some under-the-radar places to catch a movie.

The Best Underrated Movie Theaters In Los Angeles

From a classroom that only seats 60 people, to a church that hosts silent film screenings, here are some under-the-radar places to catch a movie.

Best Places To Be Alone In Los Angeles

Sometimes L.A. is best appreciated when solo.

Where To Find The Best Russian Food In L.A.

In addition to favorites like pickled herring and blinis, you can also find lesser-known items like tvorog and kvass in L.A.

The Best Themed Bars In Los Angeles

From airplanes to cryptozoology, L.A.'s got a bar for every topic under the sun.

The Best Outdoor Dining Patios In Los Angeles

Summer is just a few weeks away, which means it's time to dine al fresco.

The Best Places To Meet Someone From The Internet For A First Date In L.A.

Plus, all the dos and don'ts you need to know for choosing a place.

The Best Comic Book Stores In Los Angeles

From the newcomers to the long-time collectors, L.A.'s comic book stores are open to everyone.

The Best Cheese Stores In Los Angeles

Also, there are plenty of good cheesemongers in L.A. to help guide your way.

The 10 Best Places To Be Really, Really Stoned In Los Angeles

From museums to places where you can stuff your face, here are some spots that will keep your high going.

The 7 Best Vegan Brunches In L.A.

In the mood for persimmons with red crisp grapes and watercress? Or quinoa tabbouleh?

The Best 24-Hour Restaurants In Los Angeles

Where hard-boiled Angelenos find hard-boiled eggs 24-hours a day.

The Eight Best L.A. Eats That Aren't Actually From L.A.

From ice cream shops to dumpling joints, not all of L.A.'s best eateries were born here.

Ten Of The Best Poems About Los Angeles

From the work of Wanda Coleman to Dana Gioia, ten of the best poems about the City of Angels.

The Eight Best Bowls Of Ramen In L.A.

Los Angeles is serving up some of the best ramen in the country right now. Here's where to find it.

The 11 Best Hangover Foods For Your Morning After

Whatever your hangover needs, these dishes have you covered.

Where To Find The Best Exotic Ice Cream Flavors in Los Angeles

You can find flavors like mango and sticky rice, sweet potato, and beer and pretzels.

The 13 Best Spas In Los Angeles

For when you need to escape the real world for a bit.

A Guide To L.A.'s Other Walks Of Fame

There are "walks" for porn stars, animal stars, and fake doctors.

9 Hearty Soups To Warm You Up During The Winter

Enjoy them while it's still cold in L.A.

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