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Demographics and daily life

  • Latinos now dominate Watts, but some feel blacks still hold power

    Latinos now dominate Watts, but some feel blacks still hold power

    The women set out on a brisk walk every Friday morning — past broken bottles, graffiti, an occasional stray dog and the smell of marijuana. They circle the rim of their home, the Jordan Downs housing project, not just for the sake of exercise but to show the world that Watts, these days, is brimming...

  • Airbnb and other short-term rentals worsen housing shortage, critics say

    Airbnb and other short-term rentals worsen housing shortage, critics say

    The last time he advertised one of his apartments, longtime Los Feliz landlord Andre LaFlamme got a request he'd never seen before. A man wanted to rent LaFlamme's 245-square-foot bachelor unit with hardwood floors for $875 a month, then list it himself on Airbnb. "Thanks but no thanks," LaFlamme...

  • Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials

    Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials

    California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of measles across the state and may lead to outbreaks of other serious diseases. The percentage of...

  • Concealed weapons permits nearly double in O.C.

    Concealed weapons permits nearly double in O.C.

    In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval. More than 700 new permits have been issued since a federal court ruling in February...

  • Beijing's smog makes Los Angeles air look good

    Beijing's smog makes Los Angeles air look good

    How does a normal day in Beijing compare with one in Los Angeles? The answer, it turns out, is both simple and complex. Los Angeles' skies are among the most foul in the United States: In the American Lung Assn.'s 2014 national State of the Air survey, the L.A.-Long Beach area ranked worst in terms...

  • Since Obamacare, rate of growth in L.A. County ER visits slows

    Since Obamacare, rate of growth in L.A. County ER visits slows

    The pace of growth in Los Angeles County emergency room visits slowed in the early months of Obamacare, according to state records that offer a first local look at a key objective of the healthcare overhaul. During the first three months of expanded health insurance coverage required by the federal...

  • Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists

    Halted Figueroa bike lane project riles cycling activists

    More than 200 miles of Los Angeles streets have been remade in the last five years, with city officials adding bike lanes where the car alone had long been king. In many cases, making room for cyclists has meant reducing the space for motorists, causing grumblings in some neighborhoods but doing...

  • Deportation data won't dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S.

    Deportation data won't dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S.

    President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay. But under the Obama administration, those reports have...

  • Blighted homes linger in L.A., frustrating neighbors

    Blighted homes linger in L.A., frustrating neighbors

    Jim and Lynda Horan had no idea whom to call when the people who had moved into the foreclosed home next door started trashing the place. They tried U.S. Bank, which property records indicate owned the house on a quiet, dead-end street in Sunland. They tried city code enforcement. They tried the...

  • Most L.A. city employees don't live in L.A., Times analysis finds

    Most L.A. city employees don't live in L.A., Times analysis finds

    More than two-thirds of people who work for the city of Los Angeles live somewhere else, a Los Angeles Times analysis suggests. Out-of-towners are especially common among those charged with keeping Angelenos safe from crime and fire. Only 21% of Police Department employees live in Los Angeles,...

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