LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) instructs officers to collect social media account information and email addresses when they interview people they have detained, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. ARS TECHNICA.

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

In 2018, Aayush Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing.

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

High-rise buildings in some parts of Los Angeles may sway four times as much during an earthquake as those in the downtown area, according to a study that reveals new information about how underlying geology transmits a big quake’s power into buildings above.

Some Cities Are Plotting a ‘Green Recovery’ After Covid-19

Some Cities Are Plotting a ‘Green Recovery’ After Covid-19

But many Angelenos have now discovered a new sort of relationship with their streets.“People have felt they own their neighborhood again, they feel connected to it again,” Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles’s mayor, told the Guardian in reference to streets that have reduced traffic, or even had it closed off, as offices, retailers and restaurants shut down.

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Almost immediately after lockdowns hit Los Angeles and New York, the hosts of gabfests like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon began taping their shows from home, trading in their desks and velvet chairs for Zoom calls with celebs trying desperately to find their best angles on a laptop screen.

A Meme Account About a Mall Is Now a Lifeline

A Meme Account About a Mall Is Now a Lifeline

There’s no better digital representation of this than the parody Twitter account devoted to The Americana at Brand, a giant shopping, entertainment, and residential complex in Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb on the city’s northeast border.

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

This week, cities like New York and Los Angeles have also recommended that all residents wear face coverings in public, whether they're showing signs of sickness or not.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

These mayors are members of C40, a network of 94 large cities—Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Lagos, to name a few—committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.That declaration didn’t just reaffirm these cities’ efforts to fight climate change .

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

After less than an hour of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury Friday found that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not defame a British diver by calling him a “pedo guy” and “sus,” or suspicious, in a series of July 2018 tweets.

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

And while that might not be a day-to-day use case for many prospective buyers, it’s very handy if you’re showing off the prowess of your latest all-electric model for the first time at a glitzy event in Los Angeles, as Tesla (and SpaceX ) CEO Elon Musk did Thursday night.

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

It’s 7 pm on a Monday night in October , and Andrew Yang, the most idiosyncratic of presidential candidates , is about to storm a stage in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park.If Yang is the candidate of Silicon Valley, he’s the one driving a Humvee up the wrong side of the 101.

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

That’s called rotational frame-dragging—a massive object carries its past and future with it while it spins forward.The reason people say it doesn’t have any history is that its timeline gets pulled along, not entirely consensually, as the city bumbles into the future.

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

So instead of relying on satellites alone, a group of researchers combed through data from a dizzying number of publicly available sources, looking at everything from traffic patterns to utilities data to air pollution reporting, to quantify the emissions from not just every road but every building in the nearly 5,000 square miles of the Los Angeles megacity.

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre

In an oral history of the movie that ran in Los Angeles magazine in 2007—I can’t find a link, but I saved a copy of the story because I am like that— Blade Runner ’s director Ridley Scott recounts that by the time they were ready to shoot the nighttime scene, they’d been working for 30 hours straight and the studio was about to pull the plug on him.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open Mobility Foundation, devoted to collecting, maintaining, and standardizing information about where shared vehicles—including cars, scooters, jet packs, and bicycles—are parked.

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

To operate in Los Angeles, a city whose placid weather and flat-ish streets make an appealing market for scooter and bike companies, the firms had to agree to share data with LA’s Department of Transportation through MDS.

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

So it's cool that Cheung, senior executive officer for service development, scheduling, and analysis at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority—or Metro for short—is in charge of NextGen, a study to reimagine the city's bus system.

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee's Best Cameo for Last?

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee's Best Cameo for Last?

Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia.

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees In Los Angeles, electric scooter sharing company Spin will hire employees to collect, charge, fix, and redeploy its vehicles every day.

The Age of Congestion Pricing May Finally Be Upon Us

The Age of Congestion Pricing May Finally Be Upon Us

Los Angeles Metro officials, searching for a way to pay for 28 ambitious transportation projects by the time it hosts the Olympics in 2028, have floated a suite of congestion pricing ideas : charging drivers per miles traveled, or turning carpool lanes to toll lanes, or levying fees on those entering busy neighborhoods during busy times.

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

From the comfort of your home, you may not realize how climate change is already affecting mental health, or ripping apart ecosystems, or how cities like Los Angeles are taking drastic measures to prepare for water shortages.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

(The researchers expect that come 2025, electrics will make up 15 percent of new car sales in California, 9 percent in those other states, and 1.4 percent everywhere else.) The report projects that Los Angeles will need 35,000 charging stations, about seven times the number it had in 2017.

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

"I took a lot of the photographs from my driveway, essentially." The hard work of local firefighters saved the house, and Cooley continued photographing the aftermath of the fire, which eventually consumed over 7,000 acres, becoming one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging TunnelOn Tuesday, the Boring Company showed off its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel to an excited group of fans at an event in Hawthorne, California.BoringFrom a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through layers of thin tunnels at speeds up to 150 mph.If that sounds a little fantastical—well, duh.

Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

The Los Angeles Zoo decided to evacuate its birds, along with some small primates, away from the smoke from a brush fire that ignited at Griffith Park, just a little more than a mile away.As climate change escalates the intensity and frequency of natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, zoos are having to find new ways to keep their animals safe.

Locals Kill One of Elon Musk's Plans for a Tunnel Under LA

Locals Kill One of Elon Musk's Plans for a Tunnel Under LA

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has abandoned its plan to dig a tunnel under the west side of Los Angeles after it and the city settled a lawsuit brought by two area neighborhood groups who opposed the scheme.The project, announced last spring, had entailed building a 2.7-mile test tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard, adjacent to the crowded 405 freeway, under public property.

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