On May 22, the City Council approved a motion that could lead to a drastic change in political campaign donations in Los Angeles. If everything goes as these things normally do, then we should see a significant tightening of the rules and improving of the system in about six to eight nevers.

Close to 1,350 trucks will descend on Bunker Hill this week, signifying the official start of construction at Related Companies $1 billion Frank Gehry-designed mega-development The Grand. Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, trucks will pour 13,478 cubic yards of concrete at the site on Gr…

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In recent years a lot of attention has focused on the Arts District, as the once sleepy neighborhood has attracted a slew of housing, cultural and culinary projects. But almost everything that has come online in the past decade pales in comparison to The Aliso, a five-building complex at Thi…

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In response to the rising numbers of homeless individuals as well as a growing illegal trash dumping problem, the City of Los Angeles wants to launch new cleaning teams across the city. The CARE (Cleaning and Rapid Engagement) teams would each comprise four people, who would provide direct c…

Blissful Shopping: The legalization of cannabis has seen a number of shops sprout up in Downtown selling all sorts of strains of marijuana. One of Downtown’s incoming shops isn’t interested in cannabis, but rather CBD, the oil derived from the plant that lacks the psychotropic elements found…

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After a long wait and a few delays, Los Angeles’ Alamo Drafthouse will finally open in Downtown next month. No exact date has been set for the Austin-based cinema chain’s arrival at The Bloc shopping center, but representatives for the 12-screen space say a soft opening will happen in early July.

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At the start of this month the California Arts Council announced a new slate of recipients for state art grants, and multiple Downtown-based organizations were among those chosen. Those include the Heidi Duckler Dance company, which received a total of $263,600 for projects including dance s…

It’s almost 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, and on the darkened upper level of the Last Bookstore seven people sit around a small table. It is illuminated only by an electric chandelier that casts a soft glow. The group is deep into a discussion of Zoje Stage’s creepy child novel Baby Teeth.

Elections for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, an advisory group that provide a link between the community and city government, will be held this week. On Thursday, June 20 at The BLOC (700 W. Seventh St.) from noon- 8p.m., community stakeholders will get to select from a field…

Gilbert Lindsay Plaza links Staples Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but for many visitors to either, it might be seen as a bland concrete space. Now the city and its private collaborators are taking in community feedback for how best to turn that walkway into a green space for t…

In the wake of the city’s push to crack down on illegal dumping caused by businesses in Downtown, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that it issued notices to 85 businesses in Skid Row for a lack of compliance with existing storage and trash removal regulations.

Prolific Canadian developer the Onni Group is one step closer to breaking ground on its next high rise. Last week the Los Angeles City Council approved the company’s 60-story residential tower at the southeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street. The project at 1000 S. Hill St. will …

Much of Downtown Los Angeles was built at the turn of the 20th century, and many landmarks from that era still stand. Antonio Gonzalez’s new book, Architects Who Built Southern California, looks at the people behind those buildings in Downtown and elsewhere in the state. The 10 chapters each…

The first piece of art planned for a park in the Arts District has been announced: Glenn Kaino’s statue of the “L.A. fingers” salute. The 30-foot-tall sculpture depicting hands making the “LA” sign with overlapping fingers will be part of the new public space being created on either side of …