October 4, 2011 |
We need your L.A. book picks - not just great books but books that will clue a newcomer in to this place, physically and socially, its past, present and future. As part of our ever-growing Southern California Close-Ups project, we're pulling together a list of volumes that speak volumes about Los Angeles - maybe 50 books, maybe more. We've already opened fiction debate on a previous post (see below). Now, here are the beginnings of our nonfiction list, in no particular order.
August 25, 2007
Re "A developing power," Opinion, Aug. 19 The recent defeat of Home Depot was a combined effort of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and our group, the No Home Depot Campaign/Sunland-Tujunga Alliance. The neighborhood council was limited in its abilities to challenge L.A.'s permit process; our grass-roots group was not.
March 9, 2006
Re "Trust, turnstiles and the underground economy," March 5 D.J. Waldie just doesn't get it. He tries, without success, to justify the illegal activity of fare scofflaws. When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had a dedicated police department, we staffed the Red Line subway to have dedicated coverage for the stations and the trains at all hours. This was to provide not only for public safety but also to ensure that if you rode the train, you paid your fare. It was the law then, it still is today, and it should be enforced because it's the right thing to do. SGT. SCOTT ANDERSON Maywood Police Mid-Management Assn.
March 23, 1997
The author lineup is growing for the second annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, to be held April 19 and 20 on the UCLA campus. About 60 events are scheduled on a variety of topics such as mysteries, romance, poetry, New Age, biography and environmentalism. There will also be a wide variety of children's programs, including publishers' and booksellers' booths and book signings. All events are free to the public.
May 25, 2008
Re "Taken for a ride," Opinion, May 18 Thank you for publishing an article about using L.A.'s mass transit that does not treat the issue as some wacky, temporary lifestyle choice or some slight and silly tourist adventure. Any regular Metro rider can certainly add to the list of indignities that D.J. Waldie presented. Now that more people are being forced onto public transportation because of fuel costs and the declining economy, Metro needs to be held accountable for its embarrassing record of shabby, substandard and soon-to-be-overly-expensive services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2010 |
In a city famous for its panoramic views, the one from the top of Los Angeles City Hall offers something more than shimmering city lights, jagged mountain ranges and the distant glimmer of the Pacific Ocean. From the landmark tower, Los Angeles' history unfolds below: the pueblo that the city founders created, the grid of streets that first carried trolleys and horses and eventually cars, the imposing stone low-rise towers of L.A.'s prewar period, followed by freeways, parking lots and several generations of skyscrapers reaching ever higher.
May 19, 2013 |
For nearly a century starting in the 1880s, photographers went from sluice to street corner to suburban pool to record one utility's efforts to electrify Greater Los Angeles and beyond. The result of their labors: the 70,000-image Southern California Edison photography archive. "It's astonishing both in its size and diversity," says William Deverell, co-project director of an online exhibition showcasing the collection. "From the late 19th century to the mid-'70s, it documented everything from infrastructure to interiors to appliances.