A long-running dispute over a controversial cleanup campaign on downtown's skid row ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused the city of Los Angeles' request to lift a ban on destroying property left unattended by homeless people.
Every morning Melissa Richardson Banks walks the Arts District hunting for new scenes. One Saturday it's the word "Life" stenciled on a sidewalk in black spray paint. A few weeks later it's a yellow construction crane blocking the skyline.
More than 300 Los Angeles Police Department officers and family members packed a City Council meeting Tuesday to demand across-the-board pay increases, warning the department will lose officers if one isn't provided.
Norman Barker Jr., a top executive with First Interstate Bank of California and, before that, United California Bank, from the 1960s until the mid-1980s, died of natural causes Saturday at his Los Angeles home, said family spokeswoman Elizabeth Douglass. He was 88. Barker was involved in two landmark Los Angeles projects. He spearheaded construction of United California Bank's 62-story downtown Los Angeles headquarters, which was the tallest building west of Chicago when it opened in the mid-1970s. The tower, on Wilshire Boulevard, became the First Interstate Tower in the early 1980s and is now called the Aon Center. He also served on a commission of business leaders leading up to...