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LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.

LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.
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LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.






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The Dodgers vs. The Red Sox: a preview of this year’s World Series

The L.A. Dodgers return to the World Series this week, fighting for the second year in a row to take home their first title in 30 years. The Dodgers are the clear underdogs in the match up against the Boston Red Sox, a team that won more than 100 games in the regular season. But what are the chances of a victory from the boys in blue?


Netflix gets into the billboard business

There’s renewed competition for your attention on the Sunset Strip, where entertainment companies go to show off their latest shows and biggest stars. The strip’s huge billboards are seen by millions of tourists each year – and soon, that prime real estate is going to be harder to come by. The reason? Netflix.


Wages can't keep up with home prices in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is an expensive place to live in and a new report is putting some hard numbers to that sobering fact. The real estate firm Attom Data Solutions finds that homes in L.A. County have not been this hard to pay for since the Great Recession. That is stoking the debate surrounding an upcoming ballot initiative this November, known as Proposition 10. and whether that can be the solution to this growing problem.


Four California men arrested for white nationalist rally in Virginia

The FBI has arrested four members of a militant, white supremacist group from California on charges that they traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, last year to incite a riot.


LA Weekly in turmoil

One of the owners of the LA Weekly is suing his partners, alleging mismanagement and even fraud. It is the latest snafu for the new ownership group that has never really been embraced by the alt-weekly's readership.


Lakers get Lebron, Clippers get Jenkins?

The biggest signing of the NBA off-season, without question, was in Los Angeles. Lebron James, considered by many as the best basketball player to ever play, is bringing his talents to Tinseltown. He will suit up for the L.A. Lakers. The Clippers have responded with a signing of their own. But it's not on the basketball court, but rather in the front office.


LA votes to approve e-scooters, with some caveats

The LA City Council has signed off on a pilot program that regulates e-scooters. But, much like the public discourse surrounding those scooters, the vote did not come without controversy


Governor Brown under fire for oil well approval

Governor Jerry Brown is among the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump and his environmental policy. But the Governor is facing some criticism himself about the approval of new oil wells near low-income neighborhoods.


New superintendent, new challenges at LAUSD

The thermometer may not be telling you, but the academic calendar says it’s back to school in Los Angeles. More than a half million students loaded buses or cars to get to and from school today, which made for traffic headaches for the adults in L.A. It's also the First Day of School for new Superintendent Austin Beutner – and he, the school board, and the system itself – have some challenges before them.


Will President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame be removed?

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has repeatedly said stars are not removable from the famous boulevard, but after a man took a pickax and destroyed Trump's star, the city of West Hollywood voted unanimously to remove it. The problem? Trump's star isn't in West Hollywood, and only the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce can decide if it stays or goes.


California's bullet train facing a new challenge: its speed

On paper, the state’s bullet train can take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But in reality, a lot of folks are wary that the line can actually live up to its lofty expectations. That’s adding to intense criticism of the $77 billion project and a price tag that – by the way – continues to climb.


LAPD bullet kills Trader Joe's employee in standoff with suspect

The LAPD is shedding new light on what happened over the weekend at a Trader Joes in Silver Lake. An assistant manager at that store, 27-year-old Melyda Corada, died during a shootout between a suspect and police. That is raising a host of questions, including what should happen to that officer.


What a change of zip code means for the LA Times

Starting next week, when you type 'Los Angeles Times' into your smartphone, you will be seeing a new address. The institution that has covered the L.A.-area since the late 1800s is moving to the coast: El Segundo, to be exact. The building will be hemmed in by the notoriously jammed 405 freeway, and that fact is raising a lot of questions about how the paper will continue to deliver on its mission.


A tram to the Hollywood sign

The Hollywood sign has been a magnet for tourists and the bane of existence for the neighbors who surround it. People seeking selfies, or even just a closer look, have poured into Beachwood Canyon and other places nearby for decades. Now, Warner Brothers studio says it thinks it has a way to get the people there, without the neighborhood dilemma: A tram that would whisk you up there from the backside of the mountain.


How will Los Angeles house its homeless?

There is no easy fix. Mayor Garcetti and the LA City Council are pushing for permanent housing and emergency shelters in each district. But neighborhoods like Koreatown and Venice have pushed back. Despite support from residents and an increase in taxes to support this effort, too many don't want to see their neighborhood changed.


Brown water, murky oversight

If you sit down with residents who live in the south L.A. communities of Compton and Willowbrook, there is a good chance clean water would be a topic of conversation. Many are complaining about brown-colored water coming out of their taps and a foul odor. The water in that area is overseen by a relatively unknown agency, which maintains the water is safe to drink. But not everyone is buying that, including one local member of Congress.


What's next for the Parker Center?

City leaders want to tear down the Parker Center, the former home of the LAPD, to make way for a new tower for city employees. But preservationists aren't giving up.


LA Sheriff facing referendum on his reform efforts in election

California's primary is June 5 and outside of the races for Governor, Senate and Attorney General, there are several local races as well. That includes a reelection bid for Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.


Garcetti calls on state to use surplus to help homeless

Governor Jerry Brown says the state has a nearly $9 billion surplus. He has recommended that California save that money for a rainy day. But here in Los Angeles, city leaders think a good chunk of that money should be used immediately to help stem the rise in homelessness.


USC leadership stands behind President Nikias, despite scandal

The USC Board of Trustees says it still supports embattled university President Max Nikias, despite a letter from some 200 professors calling for his resignation. It is all tied to a series of stories in the Los Angeles Times, which detail decades of sexual harassment and abuse by a former university gynecologist.