CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
Beverly Hills police are seeking the public's help in tracking down the driver of a BMW who is captured on video steering his car into a bicyclist, crushing him against a metal trash bin. Police said they consider the hit-and-run to be a road rage-type incident and are seeking the driver on suspicion of attempted murder. Since April 3, police have been looking for the driver of a newer model, white BMW 328i that was captured on video hitting bicyclist in an alley in the 9000 block of Wilshire Boulevard.
April 23, 2013 |
In 2001, I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times about April 24, the annual Armenian Day of Remembrance, that had this lead: "The Armenian genocide. " That was it, the entire first paragraph. I was proud of it because it didn't say "the alleged genocide" or "what the Armenians consider a genocide. " It just called the 1915 massacre of a million Armenians what it was, even though the U.S. government - in deference to official Turkish denials and our air bases in Turkey - won't use the word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 |
Some brought children. Some brought friends. Alden Delos Santos brought Chihuahuas. Delos Santos, 41, carried his puppies Bianco and Sriracha in a front pack as he joined as many as 150,000 other bicycle riders in the sixth and biggest CicLAvia, a celebration of cycling, walking, in-line skating, skateboarding, scootering and any other form of transportation that requires no motor. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the burgeoning cycling event with Times reporter Samantha Schaefer.
April 12, 2013 |
Will the Academy's big bubble pop before it has a chance to be built? Italian architect Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs Thursday for a $300-million film museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The architectural centerpiece of the 290,000-square-foot complex, just west of the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a giant glass-enclosed dome, which Piano refers to as the "sphere" and the "soap bubble.
March 29, 2013
Re "It all begins on Wilshire," March 24 I have always been fascinated by Wilshire Boulevard, the great thoroughfare analyzed by Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. While I had a job on Wilshire near Vermont Avenue as a twentysomething in the early 1970s, I found the area to be of great interest. I spent entire lunch hours roaming through the elegant Bullocks Wilshire as well as the nearby I. Magnin & Co. department store (both now sadly defunct). I spent many happy hours at Lafayette Park and its little branch library.
March 24, 2013 |
We think of Wilshire Boulevard as synonymous with Los Angeles - as our Main Street. But Wilshire has always stood apart from the city it slices through. It is denser and more urbane, its architecture more vertical. No, rather than act as a perfect symbol of Los Angeles, Wilshire has operated as a proving ground for new ideas about architecture, commerce, transportation and urbanism in Southern California. For nearly a century Wilshire has been L.A.'s boulevard of prototypes, a string of hypotheses 16 miles long.