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May 11, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
It's just before sunset, and the peafowl of Victor Heights are preening along Marview Avenue, as they do almost every evening. Long tails fanning out behind them, the birds perch atop city-issued recycling bins at one house. They leap to the roof of a one-story ranch-style home next door. They tilt their heads, shaking them slightly. But more than anything, they appear to be taking in the stunning vista of the downtown skyline stretching out before them.
April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
October 4, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The other day, I dropped off some books at the little library in the neighborhood. I came across it a few weeks ago: a two-shelf hutch set back from the sidewalk, on the edge of someone's property, with a sign urging passers-by to take or leave a book. I love these informal book sites , which seem to be popping up all over ; a friend has one on her street. What they signify is one of the great benefits of reading: not to be alone so much as to become part of a community.
April 25, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
To some in Canoga Park, the Xposed Gentlemen's Club is an unwelcome neighborhood landmark. Residents complain about its sultry billboards featuring scantily clad women. The LAPD tried - and failed - to shut it down, citing complaints of violence, prostitution and drug use. There was a shooting in the parking lot last year; a man's throat was slit in the club a few years back. But the strip club has survived, and its management has made an unusual move - seeking seats on the very same neighborhood council that has been a forum for complaints about it. The owner and two employees of the club ran for seats on the council last month, and one was elected.
September 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Residents in a Bellflower neighborhood were told to stay indoors Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots. About 1:10 p.m., a person called 911 from a home in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue then hung up, but not before the dispatcher heard a woman screaming and indications that a gun could be involved, Sheriff's Sgt. David Sprengel said. Deputies, including the SWAT team, rushed to the area and heard several shots and locked down the neighborhood. The female 911 caller and possibly one other person fled from the home as authorities showed up, leaving the gunman inside alone, Sprengel said.
October 26, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale. A resident saw the animal about 11 p.m. Thursday moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told Times Community News. Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified of the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.
March 20, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
Before the shooting, David Serbeck and Reginald Campos were pillars of their community, living at opposite ends of an unfinished development here at the edge of Salt Lake City's sprawl. Serbeck, a genial 37-year-old father of two and former Army sniper, welcomed new arrivals to the neighborhood by offering to help install their sprinkler systems or work on their yards. Campos, a 43-year-old CPA and father of four, tried to forge a community in his neighborhood by warning new residents about a spate of mailbox thefts and lobbying authorities to investigate the incidents.
September 6, 2009 | Tina Susman
If pickles were currency, it would take 100 of Pat Fairhurst's kosher sours to buy a buttery smooth leather wallet in the chic shop nearby, more than 200 to snag a dress off one of the neighboring boutiques' racks, and a whopping 1,000 to book a luxury suite at the Blue Moon Hotel across the street. That helps explain why Fairhurst's tiny store, Guss', an institution since 1920 in Manhattan's Lower East Side, is moving its red barrels of 50-cent pickles to Brooklyn. No longer the exclusive domain of scrappy immigrants or Jewish aficionados of Fairhurst's briny treats, the old neighborhood has morphed into one of New York's trendier districts, an evolution that is vexing to those nostalgic for the past but who admit that change can be good.
September 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the first time in seven years, Corona del Mar found itself on the winning side of its neighborhood rivalry game with Newport Harbor, known as the Battle of the Bay. The Sea Kings won Friday night, 34-14. Corona del Mar is 4-0, has a 14-game winning streak and looks like a strong candidate to win a third consecutive Southern Division championship. Cole Martin rushed for 194 yards in 33 carries. Quarterback Luke Napolitano had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. There was a packed crowd at Orange Coast College of 7,500.
September 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Who watches the neighborhood watchman? A neighborhood watch volunteer, who vanished after police linked him to a string of rapes that have terrorized Dallas since June, was arrested Tuesday in Lousiana after apparently going on the run. DNA evidence has linked Van Dralan Dixson, 38, to four of the nine rapes committed in South Dallas, Dallas police said. More tests are pending. The Dallas Police Department said Dixson was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service. All of the victims were attacked while walking between midnight and 6 a.m., police said.
April 24, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC. "The company must notify the EPA that they have completed the improvements at least 15 days before reopening," said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
April 23, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Banc of California, a growing community bank in Irvine, is doubling its footprint in Southern California as it joins a new wave of smaller California banks pushing to expand into regional players in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Banc of California said Wednesday that it agreed to buy 20 Popular Community Bank branches from struggling Popular Inc. in Puerto Rico, adding them to its 18 branches from Los Angeles to San Diego. The new branches would be in lightly banked Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
April 5, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Recently completed, this clean-line contemporary is the new kid on a block of older homes in the Beverly Grove area. Among its au courant features are a biometric entry, a glass-walled wine preservation room and such green features as repurposed wood and a reflective roof. Location: 128 S. Almont Drive, Los Angeles 90048 Asking price: $3.4 million Year built: 2014 House size: Four bedrooms, six bathrooms Lot size: 5,397 square feet Features: Oak floors, high ceilings, remote-controlled linear fireplace, security cameras, floor-to-ceiling windows, terrace, walk-in master closet, tankless water heater, swimming pool, gated driveway About the area: Last year, 185 single-family homes sold in the 90048 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.2 million, according to DataQuick.
April 2, 2014 | By David C. Williams
Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it's easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on it as a convenient place to manage their money. The same thing is happening in countless other small towns and inner-city neighborhoods across the country, which have been left behind as banks adjust to new financial realities by shuttering branches by the thousands.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
L.A. County sheriff's deputies are investigating singer Justin Bieber after witnesses in his Calabasas neighborhood reported the pop singer driving at freeway speeds on local streets. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the case will be investigated and presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for a possible criminal filing. Bieber refused to talk with sheriff's deputies, Whitmore said. Prosecutors also are weighing whether to charge Bieber for battery for allegedly spitting on a neighbor.
January 15, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Move over Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Eagle Rock has the buzz this year, according to a new report. Eagle Rock was named the second “hottest” neighborhood in the United States by real estate brokerage firm Redfin. The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months” based on page views and Realtor comments, according to Redfin. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America This list is composed of lesser-known neighborhoods with easy commutes to nearby cities.
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday it expects federal officials to bring criminal charges against the company in connection with a 2010 gas pipeline blast that devastated a San Bruno neighborhood and killed eight people. PG&E said it was negotiating with the U.S. attorney's office for some type of resolution but provided few details. A spokesperson for the office in San Francisco declined to comment on the investigation or say what if any charges were being considered.
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Crews worked Tuesday to fix a fingertip-sized hole in an underground pipe that allowed about 1,200 gallons of crude oil to seep onto a quiet residential street in Wilmington. Phillips 66, which earlier in the day said it was almost positive that it was not to blame for the leak, later took responsibility and put the blame on one of its out-of-service pipes. Don Ellis, a hazardous-materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said that when an underground oil pipeline is withdrawn from use, it is supposed to be capped and the material inside vacuumed out. Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the company would investigate why oil remained in the pipe, which she said was taken out of service before Phillips 66 acquired it. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was touring the area, said the pipe had been withdrawn from service in 1998.
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