June 21, 2013 |
It's the Bel-Air buggy, the minivan of Malibu, the lorry of Laguna Beach. For years, the Range Rover has existed in a rarefied space where high-end luxury and off-road performance converge, to the delight of a moneyed class that rarely gets it dirty. Land Rover has long boasted that its full-size Range Rover sport utility vehicle has few peers. This is true. But that's less because of its strengths than a simple lack of competitors in the same size and price category. Far from being complacent with this distinction, Land Rover released a completely redesigned Range Rover for 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 |
The future looks muted for the vivid green bike lane that runs the length of Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to scrape the paint from the current bicycle lane and redo it with less paint and in a darker shade of green, capping a two-year controversy that pitted the local bike lobby against the muscle of Hollywood, which insisted the lane's color had made filming on Spring nearly impossible....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 |
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
June 12, 2013 |
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
June 6, 2013 |
It was hailed as a crowning achievement for Los Angeles in the early 1970s - an indoor shopping mall that filled an entire downtown block and also boasted a plush hotel and a high-rise office building. For years, tourists flocked to the premier address. These days, however, Macy's Plaza has devolved into a dated, downscale relic and gets little love, even at the busy intersection of Seventh and Flower streets. The mammoth complex can reclaim star status, its new owner said, but only after radical surgery to open its fortress-like exterior, along with several other multimillion-dollar improvements.
June 3, 2013 |
With her beach blond hair, cheeky tan lines and chic shades, Malibu Barbie has been a style icon for many a young girl, including this one. Now, more than 40 years after she first hit the pop culture wave, Malibu Barbie is getting a makeover, from Los Angeles designer Trina Turk . And this time, she's wearing a bikini! Starting today, the Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk doll ($50) and collection will be available at Trina Turk stores, TrinaTurk.com and BarbieCollector.com . The mythical Malibu icon is the perfect canvas for Turk's cheerful 1960s and '70s-inspired SoCal aesthetic.
May 25, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
May 24, 2013 |
A gruesome photo gallery of men and women impaled by arrows, augers and pipes is gone from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Hollywood. And don't expect to see any displays of medieval chastity belts or tongs used to torture victims of the Spanish Inquisition. These and other macabre oddities have been replaced by such exhibits as a painting of Marilyn Monroe made entirely of candy, a mounted two-headed calf and the world's smallest drivable car. It's all part of a new family-friendly look at 33 Ripley's Believe It or Not museums around the world.
May 21, 2013 |
The Department of Water and Power has been taking it in the shorts during the mayoral campaign -- some casual visitor might assume that the DWP is on the ballot. Wendy Greuel's single biggest source of campaign support has been nearly $1.5 million from DWP workers and union members, some of whom are getting six-figure salaries and nice juicy raises that their brethren in City Hall down the hill can only dream of. And Eric Garcetti's campaign and supporters have not been shy about making this a campaign issue.
May 17, 2013 |
Count Jon Stewart among the many thousands of parents and moviegoers unimpressed by Disney's controversial makeover of “Brave” heroine Merida . In case you missed it, last weekend Merida was officially inducted into Disney's “princess collection ,” meaning that her image, like that of Ariel, Belle and Cinderella before her, will now appear on a slew of merchandise aimed at young girls. The problem is that her image will look noticably different than in the hit Pixar film, which celebrated Merida's independent spirit: Like a quirky starlet who's submitted to the pressures of Hollywood by cutting carbs and hiring a stylist, the “princess” version of Merida sports tamer hair, a low-cut neckline, and a narrower waistline.