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LA Public Library Waiving Fines on Overdue Books Until Feb 14th

Photo via Timetrax23/flickr In conjunction with this year’s LA Art Book Fair, between today and Sunday, Echo Park Lake will be the site of a “floating library”, courtesy of Machine Project and Minnesota artist Sarah Peters. In other library-related news, for the next few days, the Los Angeles Public Library will be waiving fines on overdue materials as part of its “LAPL […]

LA Cool With Proposed Hollywood Skyscrapers, Regardless of What State Geologist Says About “Active Faults”

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has decided there is no active earthquake fault running under the site of two proposed skyscrapers in Hollywood, regardless of what California’s state geologist says, so developer Millennium Partners can build away (not quite yet, though). The Millennium Hollywood project would flank the Capitol Records Building with a 35- and a […]

Bea Arthur’s Estate Selling Her Long-Time Home in the Brentwood Wilds For $16 Million

Arthur via Everett Collection / From 1975 until her death in 2009, this bucolic spread in Brentwood’s Sullivan Canyon was the home of Bea Arthur: actress, activist, gay icon, star of Maude and the Golden Girls. In 1998, she told A&U magazine “This is country out here…I can walk around without anything on and nobody cares, and it’s just lovely.” The estate, […]

At Last, Tesla Unveils its $3K Batteries for Powering the Home

All photos via The Verge Tesla, the company so far famous for electric cars, is trying to conquer much, much more. Last night, CEO Elon Musk finallylifted the curtains off Tesla Energy, its long-anticipated battery system for powering homes, businesses, and potentially public utilities. The product aimed at average homeowners is thePowerwall, a shield-like pack that measures […]

Beverly Hills is Driving Tourists Off Rodeo and Into The Grove

[Image via Prayitno / Creative Commons] Beverly Hills businessowners might be one of the few segments of Angelenos that actually want tour buses to come around; the rest of BH it seems is not so keen on them, taking steps that don’t outright ban them on the streets in the city’s fancy retail core, but that do push them out. […]

{Spring Gardening} in Los Angeles

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The spring garden tour season is flush with events, ranging from the exploration of private gardens to neighborhood walks. Although a majority of the events are in April, the season officially kicks off with next weekend’s Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. What follows is a selection of seasonal offerings. Be sure to check organizers’ […]