DTLA—In the last decade or so, Los Angeles has increasingly emerged as a leading national, and even an international, center of art. There are multiple reasons for this, starting with the presence of a community of boundary-pushing artists who have grown up in or been drawn to the city. Othe…

DTLA—The release last week of the latest Homeless Count gives Los Angeles an undeniable look-in-the-mirror moment. As people across the region collectively process the anger and frustration, we have no choice but to take stock of the reflection staring back and ask what have we done, what ha…

DTLA—The annual Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tally of people living without shelter is scheduled to be released this week. Members of the public should brace themselves: A year after the county recorded 53,195 homeless individuals, and despite the hundreds of millions of dollars t…

DTLA—In his State of the City speech on April 17, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke out on the need for Los Angeles to aggressively address climate change. Twelve days later he presented his local version of the Green New Deal, rolling out a playbook to reduce emissions, clean the air, and take othe…

DTLA—As a former newspaper publisher, I’m acutely aware of the challenge to objectively research and consider both sides of an argument before editorializing. I write today because Downtown News fell short of its duty to hear all sides before opining on Measure EE (“Vote Yes on Measure EE,” …

DTLA—Although the January teachers’ strike ignited passions and inspired unprecedented support for local educators, it had little impact on the finances of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Both pre- and post-strike, the district faced a dismal budget situation. 

DTLA—Here is something everyone in Downtown Los Angeles can agree on: The garbage on the streets in some neighborhoods is out of control.

DTLA—When Mayor Eric Garcetti last spring unveiled his plan to build emergency homeless housing projects in each of the 15 City Council districts, he knew he would meet resistance. It’s a fact of life in Los Angeles: Every time someone in any community outside Skid Row seeks to create new se…

DTLA—A few weeks ago, developer Holland Partner Group celebrated the opening of its Grace on Spring and Griffin on Spring housing complexes. The two 24-story buildings at Eighth and Spring streets created a total of 575 apartments.

I love DTLA. Since the year 2000, my neighbors and I have witnessed our neighborhood grow from 18,000 to more than 75,000 residents, adding immensely to our ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. We have SRO hotels, permanent supportive housing, affordable housing, market-rate buildings and lux…

DTLA—In Downtown Los Angeles, one doesn’t have to go far to find a shop selling recreational marijuana. There are dozens if not scores of outlets, most designated by the telltale green cross.

DTLA--On Sunday, April 14, I did a double take when I saw a Google Alert about a police shooting involving a man with a shotgun at the 7th Street/Metro Center station.

DTLA—Few people are thinking about next year’s 14th District City Council race. After all, voters won’t go to the polls until March 2020. When election day arrives, the contest will be at the bottom of a ballot highlighted by the presidential primary.

DTLA—Motorized scooters have been ubiquitous in certain Los Angeles neighborhoods for a couple years now. They have not yet inundated Downtown, but that could change quickly. This is because the city Department of Transportation last month launched a one-year pilot program for dockless vehic…

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