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This Veteran Journalist Wrote a True Crime Book About Gangs Taxing Streets Vendors in MacArthur Park

In his new book "The Rent Collectors: Exploitation, Murder and Redemption in Immigrant L.A." (Astra House, out this month), former Westlake resident Jesse Katz dives into the life of a teenaged member of the Columbia Lil Cycos gang.

His Taquería Is Almost At The North Pole, But He Gets His Tortillas From L.A.

This lone taco truck sits in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, a visa-free Island that is home to about 2,900 people from over 50 nationalities located a few hundred miles from the North Pole. The owner is a Swedish taquero who is so obsessed with L.A.-style tacos, that he decided to open the most northernmost taquería in the world.

Westlake’s 61-Year-Old Gay Bar Forced to Close, Set to Be Replaced With An Apartment Complex

The Silver Platter first opened in the early 60s and for decades has been known as a “safe haven” for the neighborhood's immigrant and queer communities. Six of the 55 units will be set aside for “extremely low-income” households, according to plans submitted to the city planning department.

Open Thread: Who Is L.A.’s Greatest Band?

L.A. has spawned too many legends to count, from War to Guns n' Roses to Rage Against the Machine to the Germs. We'd love to know who your #1 is.

Unsafe Bacteria Levels Cited at These 16 L.A. Beaches. Is It a Public Health Crisis Waiting To Happen?

As of July 5, though 16 beach closures have been issued due to unsafe levels of bacteria, the beaches still remain thronged with sunbathers, swimmers, and people enjoying recreational water activities.

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Rancho Cooking With a Twist: Carnal Opens In Highland Park From Two Titans of Mexican Seafood

The new restaurant is a collaboration from two prized local purveyors of Mexican seafood and fish tacos: Simón LA and Baja Cali Fish + Tacos, though the resulting menus are not at all what you'd expect.

A String of Fires Shuts Down Three Esteemed Eastside Mexican Restaurants

Mexes Cafe, Don Chamorrón, and Birria Los Socios have been forced to put their businesses on pause after all three were left without a space following fire damage.

Mutual Aid Groups Release Scathing Community Audit of L.A. Mayor’s “Inside Safe” Program

The city’s figures show that more than half of the people that the city counted as being housed were placed with the assistance of a short-term funding assistance program, known as “time-limited subsidies.”

What To Eat This Weekend in L.A.: Iberico Pork Fajitas, Coca Cola Fries, LA Churros, and Cabeza Strombolis From Sonoratown and Mozza

Also, a pop-up for Malay skewers, Sicilian street pizza, a magical rooftop with Aussie lamb barbacoa in Downtown, and shrimp samosas served with aguas preparadas.

Traditional Sinaloan Machaca: It’s What’s For Breakfast In This East L.A. Backyard

Chef Daniel Navarro prides himself on having the best ingredients, to the point that he has traveled all the way to Culiacán, Sinaloa, to get his popular machaca.

L.A.’s 10 Biggest Summer Jams, Check Out Our Playlist

These are L.A.'s ten biggest summer jams, those ubiquitous tunes you'll be hearing all season, whether you're banging them out of your ride with friends on the way to the beach or hearing them rattle the windows of every other car around you as you do your best to exit Dodger Stadium.

Las Tarifas de Permisos Para Vendedores Ambulantes se Reducirán de $541 a $27 Tras La Aprobación Del Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles

La nueva ley entrará en efecto el 28 de Julio de 2024 y se aplicará a los vendedores de comida igual que a los de mercancías. La tarifa reducida para los permisos anuales de venta permitirá que muchos más vendedores de Los Ángeles estén protegidos por la ley y tome en consideración el ingreso anual promedio de los vendedores ambulantes.

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Street Vendor Permit Fees Will Drop From $541 to $27 In L.A. Following City Council Approval

The new law will go into effect on July 28th, 2024, and will apply to food as well as merchandise vendors. The reduced fee for annual vending permits will allow many more L.A. vendors to become protected by the law and takes into consideration the average annual income of street vendors.

It Starts With Smoothies: New Program Seeks To Help Low-Income Californians Cook For Better Health

Patients in Recipe4Health exercised more, ate more fresh vegetables, and lowered food insecurity. Doing so led to a lowering of cholesterol levels and more effectively managed blood sugar, research found. 

X’Tiosu Kitchen, Boyle Heights’ Beloved Lebanese-Oaxacan Restaurant, Is In Danger of Closing

X’Tiosu Kitchen has been fusing cultures and supporting neighbors in Boyle Heights since 2017, but recent economic struggles have shifted its story of triumph and dream-chasing to one of hardship and struggle.

Will Metro’s Latest Crack Down On Fare Evasion Help Improve Safety For Riders?

Metro’s pilot program, which will run for 90 days, comes after a highly publicized string of violent assaults on both Metro riders and employees. Metro claims the additional step will help fight fare evasion and decrease crime but daily transit riders are skeptical about that approach.

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The Five Best Tacos in South Gate

From a spot that uses a unique Michoacán-style "salsa agridulce" to a fish taquería where the batter stays crispy, next time you're in SELA, now you know! Southeast Los Angeles, presente!

The Six ‘Healthiest’ Things to Eat and Drink at a Dodgers Game

From vegan Dodger Dogs to veggie tempura and fizzy non-alcoholic drinks, to baseball's most traditional snack, not everything is ruinously terrible for you at Dodger Stadium.

Five Vibrant Brazilian Spots to Try in Los Angeles

Although Brazilian cuisine has struggled to gain widespread culinary recognition in Los Angeles, these five restaurants more than makeup for it with big flavors, comforting classics, and unforgettable dining experiences.

What To Eat In L.A. This Weekend: Wet-Aged Korean Pork Belly, Mushroom Wellington, and Stretchy Turkish Ice Cream

Plus, Slutty Vegan burgers arrive from Atlanta, mini mapo tofu bowls, an ice cream party, and a South Bay cafe staffed by adults with developmental disabilities.

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What To Eat This Weekend In L.A.: Colombian ‘Super Arepas,’ See’s Candy x McConnell’s Ice Cream, and Uni Toast With Jalapeno Marmalade

Also, Colombian hamburgers, a vintage European truck slinging burgers, Hawaiian pizza pupusas, and cannabis that will melt in your brain, not in your hand.

California Mandates Drug-Test Kits at Bars and Nightclubs Starting July 1st. Here’s What to Know

Roofies have been used as accomplices to sexual assault, human trafficking, theft, and other crimes. Bars and nightclub owners hope that providing drug-test kits for their drinks may help their customers feel safe and return more often despite a general dip in the consumption of alcohol in California.

These Nayarit-Style, Ceviche-Stuffed ‘MarisCocos’ in Compton Taste Just As Good As They Do On the Beach

Each young coconut is macheted to order and imported from Colima. The tender meat is mixed in with the ceviche and its refreshing coconut water is served in a plastic bag. They are about the size of basketball and weigh five pounds—at least. It's officially summertime in Los Angeles!

Ten Architecture Gems to Visit in L.A.: If These Walls Could Talk

Did you know that one of the 11 world's most beautiful post offices in the world is located in Hollywood? And the "skinniest house" in the entire U.S. is located in Long Beach? Plus, Gargoyles. L.A. is for architecture lovers...if you know where to look.