Surfers have long known about the Bay Boys, a "gang" accused of harassing outsiders who want to surf or just hang out on some beaches on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This year, officials finally took action, and by early December, the "fort" structure that was for decades a symbol of the gang's power was dismantled. There's also been a class-action suit filed. But some wonder if the gang is really gone.
This is great. I’ve had rocks thrown at me and been intimidated twice … I never surfed the bay because of it.
It reminds me of what’s happening in Beijing and Shanghai. Now it’s happening here.
The big real estate story in Los Angeles in 2016 was downtown’s incredibly resilient building boom, highlighted by the infusion of Chinese money and plans to build towering developments in the Arts District.
While George R.R. Martin continued working on his long-awaited sixth book in the series, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” roared on (Season 6 concluded in June), racking up record audiences and breaking Emmy records. The only question is, how will any show hope to replace it?
The trial of the last century was revived in February with Ryan Murphy’s star-studded FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which enthralled audiences, critics and, later in the year, Emmy voters and gave new meaning to the term “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”
Months later, Ezra Edelman’s amazingly ambitious documentary “O.J.: Made in America” debuted in theaters before moving to ABC and ESPN, making it the first television docu-series with real Oscar hopes. Meanwhile, the man himself remains just another number in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
Downtown Los Angeles' axis shifted east as the Arts District on the edge of the L.A. River became a focal point for more development and buzz. The trendy district got a bunch of new shops, galleries and eateries (even Warner Music is moving its offices there). But the big news was a series of mega-projects that will bring high-rise towers and offices there.
In September, noted European architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron announced it is working on a massive development at 6th and Alameda streets. Crowned by a pair of residential towers, it would fill an entire city block. In December, another high-design megaproject — two connected buildings with office space, apartments, hotels and shops — was pitched for the Arts District, this time right alongside the Los Angeles River.
Since Nate Parker’s story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion.
In January, Nate Parker was the darling of the Sundance Film Festival. His film, “The Birth of a Nation,” which he wrote, directed and starred in, was acquired for a record-breaking $17.5 million and seemed fast-tracked to Oscar glory.
But what seemed a ready-made answer to the #Oscarssowhite issue soon morphed into scandal when accounts of his 1999 trial, and eventual acquittal, for rape resurfaced. Responding to the news that his accuser, a Penn State classmate, had committed suicide in 2012, Parker published a statement on Facebook, saying he was "filled with profound sorrow," which prompted more headlines, as defenders and detractors continued to speak out. Some screenings of the film were canceled.
While "Nation" co-star Gabrielle Union shared her thoughts in an eloquent Op-Ed for The Times, Parker began deflecting questions in the weeks leading up to the film’s October opening. In the end, “Birth of a Nation” became the next big thing that wasn’t.
Hillary’s candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation and on an actual vision of an America where everyone counts.
For decades, Bruce Springsteen has been the voice of the working man. He was also, during this presidential race, a outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton, a preference many of his fans did not share. A visit to the Rust Belt illuminated the gap between art and reality. "Many of the machinists, miners and laborers who embody Springsteen’s lyrics... have turned to the swagger of Donald Trump in a long-denied bid for redemption," Jeffrey Fleishman wrote, showing it is indeed possible to love both the Boss and the Donald.