August 3, 2011 The city did away with its red light camera program, which sent photos of moving violations to drivers, along with fines of nearly $500. It turns out the courts weren't following up on the citations; the tickets don't show up at the DMV or on insurance or credit records. "If you don't pay it," one City Council member said, "nothing happens."
July 18, 2011 Los Angeles officials have reopened a major interstate freeway that was closed for construction. Fearing traffic jams of epic proportions, many drivers stayed off the roads over the weekend. But cars were back on Interstate 405 a day ahead of schedule.
June 14, 2011 A gang in Azusa is accused of waging a two-decade campaign of violence to drive out the city's black residents. Now dozens of alleged Varrio Azusa 13 members are charged with racketeering and civil rights violations. One resident calls the arrests "an amazing victory."
May 18, 2011 With more and more entrepreneurs starting up food trucks in Los Angeles — and corporate trucks like Domino's getting into the act — some fear the once-underground foodie scene has been co-opted. And some food bloggers and trend watchers are predicting the movement's demise.
May 5, 2011 La Plaza pays tribute to the complex histories and identities of Mexicanos, Californios, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos: everyone from musicians in the group Ozomatli to the 44 settlers who arrived from Mexico in 1781 to establish the city of Los Angeles.
April 15, 2011 Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Los Angeles public schools started a food fight this week. The second season of Oliver's reality show Food Revolution features him badmouthing L.A. school lunches — and the school district is now fighting back with some new cuisine.
February 28, 2011 The Oscars have all been handed out, and the winners' sound bites are in. In their acceptance speeches and backstage comments, this year's crop of Academy Award winners reveled in the limelight, thanked their mothers, ducked out for drinks and let loose some profanity.