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March 25, 2012 | By Booth Moore
Talking mannequins with video-animated faces, men in skirts, sweat-stained corsets worn by Madonna and a child's teddy bear that started it all. Get ready for another museum fashion blockbuster. "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" opened Saturday at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 19, spotlights almost four decades of the French designer's collections that pushed the boundaries of gender, sexuality, multiculturalism and good taste - all in the name of promoting diversity - and inspired a generation of enfants terribles (Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Martin Margiela)
February 5, 2012
Cracked and broken Re "Suits could force L.A. to put money into sidewalks," Jan. 31 It's truly a sad state of affairs when it takes a lawsuit to force our city leaders to do the right thing. Sidewalk maintenance is not just a civil rights issue for the disabled; rather, it has been an unresolved issue of poor management by those responsible for getting the job done. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for not demanding that our elected officials find a way to provide funds to maintain our sidewalks.
January 30, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles may be the land of the freeway, but it is notorious for its bad sidewalks — buckled, cracked and sometimes impassable. By the city's own estimate, 42% of its 10,750 miles of pedestrian paths are in disrepair. Now a series of civil-rights lawsuits against Los Angeles and other California cities is for the first time focusing attention — and money — on a problem that decades of complaining, heated public hearings and letter-writing campaigns could not. The lawsuits were filed by disabled people who say broken sidewalks make it impossible for them to get around and seek repairs or improvements.
January 25, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday that requires new developments to have wider sidewalks, bicycle parking and other changes to promote exercise and reduce obesity. The ordinance also would make it easier for communities to start community gardens and hold farmers markets. "We are excited," said Susan Tae, the county's supervising regional planner. "This is the first step to address the healthier-built environment at the countywide level. " The ordinance, which affects unincorporated areas of the county, expands sidewalk widths to five feet, requires bicycle parking within developments and increases shade on sidewalks.
January 8, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
When the Rose Parade floats are gone and spectators head home, what's left behind? About 50 tons of trash, five tons of cardboard and 3,500 beverage containers. A team of 80 workers swept through the parade route Monday night and Tuesday morning, cleaning up debris and scrubbing streets and sidewalks after Pasadena's largest event, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people this year. The Rose Bowl game, held at the stadium a few minutes walk from Old Pasadena, produced about 50 tons of trash, 30 tons of cardboard and 100,000 beverage containers.
December 3, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The hustle begins each day at sundown: " Computadoras !" " Bicicletas !" " Carne asada !" For eight straight blocks along 6th Street in the Westlake neighborhood near downtown, sidewalks are so crowded with vendors and their wares that shoppers barely fit. Cumbia music booms and everything is sold "cheap, cheap, cheap. " It is a peddler's paradise — one that the city plans to begin replacing with its own licensed marketplace. The ArtGricultural Market, a cross between a swap meet and farmer's market, will open Saturday morning just a few blocks south of 6th Street, hoping to persuade merchants to legalize their hawking.
November 28, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
After the roots of a 40-year-old tree ruptured the sidewalk outside her home, Nora MacLellan and a Playa del Rey neighbor assumed correctly there was little money at City Hall for repairs. So she threw down $1,000 — the neighbor a few thousand more — and decided to fix it themselves. More Los Angeles residents may have to do the same for the financially strapped city to have any hope of eliminating a sidewalk repair backlog that officials estimate at up to $1.6 billion. Like decades-old water lines and suspect bridges, they are an example of an aging publicinfrastructure.
August 21, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The Michael Jackson dance-alike toiled for three hours to prepare for his performance: arching his eyebrows, reshaping his nose with tape, airbrushing his skin to King of Pop perfection. He wriggled into a black military jacket and black floodwater pants that mirrored the singer's style, down to the bunched white socks. He headed to his usual haunt on Las Vegas Boulevard: outside gilded Planet Hollywood, near the busy crosswalk to fountain-fronted Bellagio. Atop a stool, he balanced a black fedora and a single glittering glove.
August 4, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Every day, shoppers flock to downtown L.A.'s Fashion District for cheap fabric and knock-off jeans, purses and shoes. But on some street corners, vendors carrying small plastic cages hawk turtles, bunnies and birds. City officials say the sidewalk sale of animals is an underground economy that has gotten out of hand. In hopes of stopping it, they've passed a law that makes buying animals on public streets or sidewalks illegal. The ordinance approved preliminarily by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday calls for penalties of $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third.
July 17, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Newsstand owner Robert Kelly is well aware that he's not in the most profitable of businesses these days. But, at 58, he says it's too late to get out of the print business. Plus, he enjoys having a front-row seat to the comings and goings in Los Feliz. Kelly has become a fixture at the corner of Vermont and Melbourne avenues, where he has operated his newsstand for 11 years, greeting neighbors and regulars by name and instinctively reaching for their favorite magazine or newspaper when they approach.
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