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Home of the Day: Modern bungalow maximizes style and square footage

This cleverly renovated home in El Sereno makes the most of its 600 square feet of interior space. The open floor plan utilizes large redwood decks with cable railings to facilitate an indoor-outdoor vibe, while bringing in city light views. Large windows, exposed ceiling rafters and contemporary...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Cal State L.A. awarded $5-million NASA research grant

    Cal State L.A. awarded $5-million NASA research grant

    Cal State Los Angeles was awarded a $5-million NASA grant to establish a new research center focused on the study of hydrology, climate change and other science and technology fields, officials announced Monday. The goal of the five-year grant is to train students in aerospace research and development...

  • Cal State L.A. receives $1-million gift to study urban environment

    Cal State L.A. receives $1-million gift to study urban environment

    Cal State Los Angeles has received a $1-million gift to study environmental problems afflicting large urban areas, officials said this week. The donation from the Sikand Foundation will establish the Gunjit S. Sikand Faculty Endowment for Research in Urban Sustainability. Sikand was a businessman,...

  • L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits

    L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits

    Los Angeles lawmakers are poised to impose temporary restrictions on tear-downs in neighborhoods where residents fear mansionization -- the phenomenon of homes being demolished and replaced with bigger buildings that critics see as too large for their lots. The rules -- which vary neighborhood...

  • Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand

    Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand

    Diego Aguilar Avila enrolled in Cal State Northridge last fall, and the freshman says he's lucky to have gotten in when he did. The Northridge campus recently announced plans to tighten its admission criteria beginning in fall 2016. That could have created a hurdle for Avila, who admits to receiving...

  • Sexual harassment suit fizzles as issue in Huizar re-election bid

    Sexual harassment suit fizzles as issue in Huizar re-election bid

    For months, two of Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar’s opponents did their best to remind voters of the sexual harassment case filed against him.Former county Supervisor Gloria Molina repeatedly mentioned the lawsuit, filed by a former Huizar aide, in her campaign mailers. On the campaign...

  • Don't miss a word of this 'American Buffalo'

    Don't miss a word of this 'American Buffalo'

    David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” which premiered in Chicago in 1975, startled and delighted the theater world with its dialogue: broken, overlapping sentence fragments, studded with expletives, at once highly mannered and faithful to the rhythms of everyday conversation. The three low-rent con...

  • Study finds it cheaper for students to buy insurance than go without
    Study finds it cheaper for students to buy insurance than go without

    As this year’s deadline to sign up for Obamacare fast approaches, California State University officials are trying to show students that buying health insurance makes financial sense.

    A new analysis from the CSU Health Insurance Education Project found that half the approximately 445,000 students...

  • L.A. council hopeful Gloria Molina says she'll cut her pay if elected
    L.A. council hopeful Gloria Molina says she'll cut her pay if elected

    Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said Tuesday she would give up part of her salary if elected to a seat on the City Council, part of a larger critique of her opponent's handling of financial issues.

    In a mailer sent by her campaign and filed with the L.A. Ethics Commission, Molina...

  • For some students, virtual labs replace hands-on science experiments
    For some students, virtual labs replace hands-on science experiments

    Cal State L.A. biology students are breeding fruit flies to learn how mutations, such as white eyes or curved wings, are passed to future generations. On other campuses, subjects on treadmills are monitored for changes in blood pressure and heart rate.

    These are fairly common lab experiments, except...

  • El Sereno shooting leaves teen in critical condition
    El Sereno shooting leaves teen in critical condition

    Police were searching for three males Monday in connection with a gang-related shooting in El Sereno that left a teenager in critical condition.

    The teenager, believed to be about 14, was struck at least once in the chest about 5:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of Ithaca Avenue, said Los Angeles Police...

  • Man charged for allegedly killing accomplice during botched robbery
    Man charged for allegedly killing accomplice during botched robbery

    A man accused of fatally shooting his accomplice while attempting to rob an El Sereno liquor store has been charged with murder.

    Prosecutors say Jose Alfredo Favela and Jose Espidon entered Meadow Maid Market in the 5300 block of Alhambra Avenue on Friday and allegedly attempted to rob the store,...

  • Robber accidentally kills accomplice in L.A. liquor store heist, police say
    Robber accidentally kills accomplice in L.A. liquor store heist, police say

    A gunman robbing an El Sereno liquor store Friday accidentally killed an accomplice when the business owner put up a struggle during the holdup, police said.

    The man carrying a rifle and an accomplice carrying a knife or machete entered the liquor store in the area of Alhambra and Hollister avenues about...

  • Uninsured students drop by 60% at Cal State campuses
    Uninsured students drop by 60% at Cal State campuses

    New data show the number of students without health insurance on California State University campuses dropped by 60% after health insurance enrollment, defying concerns that not enough young people would sign up for health insurance. 

    The Affordable Care Act, the national health care law, requires...

  • Tear gas brings end to gunman drama in North Hollywood
    Tear gas brings end to gunman drama in North Hollywood

    A man armed with an assault rifle jumped across several North Hollywood rooftops and holed up in a home before he was captured Monday afternoon after police fired tear gas to flush him out, ending a dramatic, hours-long incident that played out on television and paralyzed a neighborhood.

    The man...

  • Eric Garcetti endorses Hilda Solis for Los Angeles County supervisor
    Eric Garcetti endorses Hilda Solis for Los Angeles County supervisor

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined a growing list of local leaders lining up behind former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, giving her his endorsement Saturday.

    Solis is running to replace Gloria Molina, who has represented the district that includes downtown Los Angeles and much of the eastern...

  • New program aims to promote a college-bound culture in East L.A.
    New program aims to promote a college-bound culture in East L.A.

    An initiative intended to foster a college-going culture in East Los Angeles will grant guaranteed admission to Cal State L.A. to certain students at Garfield High School and East Los Angeles College, officials announced Thursday.

    The collaborative program, named "GO East LA: A Pathway for College...

  • Cal State L.A. alumni go from radical activists to honored donors
    Cal State L.A. alumni go from radical activists to honored donors

    Cal State Los Angeles alumni Charon D'Aiello Sandoval and David Sandoval were dedicated revolutionaries in the late '60s, active players in civil rights and labor protests who keep up a progressive ideology to this day.

    D'Aiello Sandoval joined La Raza Unida, a Chicano political party, and was...

  • Edison tip leads to $12-million marijuana bust, authorities say
    Edison tip leads to $12-million marijuana bust, authorities say

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have seized more than $12 million in marijuana from an alleged drug manufacturing ring thanks to a tip from Southern California Edison.

    On Thursday morning, detectives served search warrants to buildings in El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and East L.A. after an...

  • More homeowners are becoming first-time landlords
    More homeowners are becoming first-time landlords

    Instead of selling their home when they buy a new one, many move-up buyers are keeping the old place and renting it out, real estate experts say.

  • Police seek public's help in finding missing Cal State L.A. student
    Police seek public's help in finding missing Cal State L.A. student

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help in the search for a 19-year-old student who was last seen leaving Cal State L.A. aboard a Metro bus.

    Adilene Munguia has been missing since Thursday, said Cpl. Brian Namkoong of the Cal State L.A. Police Department. She boarded a bus about 3:35 p.m. headed...

  • Debate at Cal State L.A. over ethnic studies requirement heats up
    Debate at Cal State L.A. over ethnic studies requirement heats up

    A debate at Cal State L.A. over an ethnic studies requirement turned heated Tuesday as several students tried to shout down faculty members who responded by chanting "Let her speak, let her speak."

    Dozens of students crowded into a meeting of the Academic Senate, which was considering a motion...

  • East-sigh story: Just where is the Eastside of Los Angeles?
    East-sigh story: Just where is the Eastside of Los Angeles?

    For more than a decade, the debate about what constitutes the Eastside has embroiled two clusters of L.A.'s oldest neighborhoods.

  • Cal State L.A. president hopes to raise profile of campus
    Cal State L.A. president hopes to raise profile of campus

    New president William Covino partnering with local businesses and L.A. Unified to spotlight Cal State L.A.'s role in the region.

  • At least 7,300 still without power following rains, wind
    At least 7,300 still without power following rains, wind

    About 7,300 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are still without power following overnight rain and winds throughout the region.

    Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for the DWP, said that number was down from about 13,000 early Thursday morning. 

    "It is common for rain and wind storms,...

  • Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake'
    Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake'

    Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Tuesday that his extramarital relationship with a former aide was a "huge mistake" but added that he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments.

    Huizar attended his first council meeting since his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy,...

  • Woman allegedly kidnapped by ex-boyfriend in East L.A. remains missing
    Woman allegedly kidnapped by ex-boyfriend in East L.A. remains missing

    Police continued searching for a missing 22-year-old woman three days after she was allegedly kidnapped in East Los Angeles by her ex-boyfriend.

    Karen Pineda was last seen Friday around 7 p.m. near the 4000 block of Huntington Drive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. 

    "Karen Pineda...

  • Arrest led to no charges against teacher named in molestation suit

    A former El Sereno Elementary teacher named in a molestation lawsuit against the LAUSD was arrested in 2010, but charges weren't filed.

  • Panel starts review of sexual harassment complaint against Huizar
    Panel starts review of sexual harassment complaint against Huizar

    The committee charged with investigating discrimination complaints against elected officials at Los Angeles City Hall met Friday to begin its review of sexual harassment allegations filed against City Councilman Jose Huizar.

    The Special Committee on Investigative Oversight gathered behind closed...

  • LAPD trying to identify armed robber caught on security camera
    LAPD trying to identify armed robber caught on security camera

    Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who has robbed two cellphone stores in El Sereno at gunpoint since last week.

    The man is described as a Latino between 30 and 40 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 180 and 220 pounds. His arms are covered...

  • LAPD searching for stabbing victim in knife attack

    Los Angeles police have detained a man with a knife on the Eastside and are searching for a stabbing victim, officials said.

    Police officers responded to a call of a man with a weapon at Del Paso Boulevard and Catalpa Street about 9:50 a.m. and discovered a man with a knife.

    Witnesses told officers...

  • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
    Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

    Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

    Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

  • Illegal fireworks, cocaine, gun found in El Sereno home, police say

    More than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, a quarter-pound of cocaine and a stolen firearm were discovered in a Los Angeles home this week by police.

    The items were found after police stopped Manuel Ortiz, 34, Tuesday night because his car windows were illegally tinted, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson...

  • School officials vote against renewing Nahuatl-themed charter
    School officials vote against renewing Nahuatl-themed charter

    Supporters of a high-profile charter school with a focus on Nahuatl culture wept and held each other after the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to close its high school campus.

    Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School had sought a second, five-year charter, as well as...

  • Town Hall explains healthcare reform to Los Angeles residents

    Hundreds of L.A. County residents attended a town hall meeting at Cal State L.A. on Friday afternoon to learn about the state’s new insurance exchange, which will begin enrolling people this fall.

    Peter Lee, executive director of the health exchange called Covered California, explained what health...

  • Suspect identified in fatal El Sereno crash during police pursuit
    Suspect identified in fatal El Sereno crash during police pursuit

    A motorist accused of causing a fatal four-car crash while fleeing police has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Sunday.

    Officers attempted to stop Jose Arrellano, 20, for reckless driving Saturday afternoon when he drove off, according to officer Norma Eisenman...

  • Man killed in El Sereno collision with car fleeing LAPD identified
    Man killed in El Sereno collision with car fleeing LAPD identified

    Coroner's officials on Sunday identified a driver who was killed Saturday afternoon when his car was struck by a suspect fleeing police. 

    Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador, 23, of Los Angeles, died in the crash in El Sereno, officials said.

    Reyes was stopped at an intersection when a silver Chevrolet...

  • Suspect in fatal LAPD pursuit struck three vehicles
    Suspect in fatal LAPD pursuit struck three vehicles

    A motorist who fled from police in El Sereno on Saturday slammed into three other vehicles at a busy intersection, crushing one car and causing another vehicle to roll over in a collision that killed one man and sent three people to the hospital.

    The motorist -- whose name has not been released...

  • 1 killed, 4 injured during LAPD chase in El Sereno
    1 killed, 4 injured during LAPD chase in El Sereno

    One person was killed and four others injured during a police chase in El Sereno on Saturday afternoon when a motorist fleeing Los Angeles police officers crashed into another vehicle, police said.

    The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. when officers with the Hollenbeck division were trying to...

  • One dies in rollover crash in El Sereno

    One person died and three others were injured in a two-car rollover crash in El Sereno on Saturday.

    The crash took place at Poplar Boulevard and Huntington Drive at 12:52 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

    One person, who was not identified, was dead when emergency personnel...

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