| Sep 18, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Once saluted as America's suburb, the San Fernando Valley has fallen on difficult times.
Nestle USA announced last month that it would close the Chatsworth plant where Hot Pockets frozen sandwiches have been made since 1988, eliminating 360 jobs as it...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 5:21 PM
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has revoked the construction permits for a hilltop house in Bel-Air that neighbors contend has destabilized the slope.
Developer Mohamed Hadid's project drew complaints and lawsuits from neighbors and,...
| Aug 3, 2013
In a rare but perhaps fleeting triumph of clear-headed thinking at Los Angeles City Hall, high-level officials have rescinded a citation issued to a South L.A. family for the crime of planting squash in their frontyard.
On the evening of my Wednesday...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Los Angeles on Tuesday became the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on plastic grocery bags, with the City Council barring them in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer that sells groceries.
Nearly three weeks after a...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson called Thursday for public hearings on the proposed contract with Department of Water and Power employees, saying he wants a deal on the contract by Sept. 1.
Wesson said Mayor Eric Garcetti has...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Artists predicted a renaissance of public muraling across Los Angeles as the City Council voted 13-2 Wednesday to lift a decade-long ban on the large outdoor artworks.
"We owe it to our next generation to reclaim our legacy as a mural capital of the...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:10 AM
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to lift a decadeold ban on outdoor murals. The Times' L.A. Now blog reported that the council voted 13-2 in favor of removing the ban, though it must still vote to approve new rules regulating the creation of...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin are calling for a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is used by energy companies to extract hard-to-reach oil.
In a prepared statement Tuesday,...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 11:17 AM
The top aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz said Wednesday that she would run for the Silver Lake-to-Sherman Oaks seat being vacated by Councilman Tom LaBonge, bringing the total number of contenders to four.
Joan Pelico, Koretz's chief of...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The environmental risks of "fracking," or fracturing underground rock formations to reach oil reserves, are too great and should be banned, two Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday.
Oil companies in recent years have used fracking in the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:39 PM
Getting Johnie's Coffee Shop named a historic landmark in Los Angeles was supposed to be easy as pie.
In April, the Los Angeles Conservancy nominated the Googie-style diner at the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue for the...