Real estate offers a unique lens through which to learn about a person. This week’s roundup gives us a history lesson in two of Hollywood’s Golden Age stars, an A-lister’s favorite place to get away and even a former football player’s preference for beach weather.Our Home of the Week is a newly built contemporary with one of the coolest swimming pools we’ve seen in awhile. The fun doesn’t just stop at the pool; the 20,058-square-foot showplace in the Hollywood Hills has multiple indoor and outdoor water features, a movie theater and a rooftop terrace with 270-degree views.And just in time for back to school, our latest What Money Buys feature takes a look at what $1.5 million buys in three of L.A.’s top school districts.Once you’re done reading about these deals, visit and like our Facebook page, where you can find Hot Property stories and updates throughout the week. — Neal J. Leitereg and Jack FlemmingWhere stars gatheredAn … [Read more...] about Hot Property Newsletter: Hollywood through a lens
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Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times Published 2:52 AM EDT Jun 18, 2019 Los Angeles – The Oracle of Los Angeles was feeling frazzled. It was already 2 p.m. and she hadn’t had time to prepare lunch, much less wipe the ash from her altar. A tarot card client had just left her yellow Craftsman house in West Adams, evidenced by the smell of incense still lingering in the air. Within an hour, she was scheduled to meet with another client who was struggling to complete a Ph.D. thesis. In the meantime, she still had to prepare for her weekly podcast, create a purifying ceremony for a new business – and get her nails done for a reality TV appearance. Any downtime would be consumed with writing. The second draft of her memoir was due to her publisher in a week. The Oracle, who also goes by Amanda Yates Garcia, is a former arts educator with a master of fine arts in writing, film and critical theory from California Institute of the Arts. For the past eight years she has … [Read more...] about Witches at work: These women just want you to be your best self
You can document it, just like tens of thousands of citizens around the world joined forces for three days to do so. In 2016 the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences started a competition between the two cities. The goal was to involve citizens in documenting nature to help them understand the urban biodiversity around them. The friendly rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco encouraged a lot of people to compete and use their camera and smartphone to make wildlife observations. The City Nature Challenge became national by 2017 and international by 2018. Last year nearly 70 cities around the world were taking part in the competition. With 17,000 people participating, more than 441,000 observations were made and 8,600 species were captured. Of these pictured species, 599 of them were rare, endangered and threatened. This year, the City Nature Challenge got more than 150 cities involved. Click on the video above to learn more about this … [Read more...] about What can your smartphone do for nature?
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 10:49 am | UPDATED: March 15, 2019 at 9:44 am Wednesday was one big nothin’ when it came to the multi-state Powerball lottery game: No big winner. Nobody going home with $448 million. No cigar. That, of course, did not mean that millions of Americans didn’t try. It just means that all those strategies and prayers and weird little rituals that people employ in the hopes of striking it rich failed to inspire even one participant to pick these six numbers: 18, 36, 45, 47, 69 and 14. So, while we all anxiously await the next drawing Saturday for what will be an estimated Powerball jackpot of $495 million, let’s take a look at some of the curious, superstitious and just plain wacky things people do in the hopes of increasing their chances of winning the lotto. From TheLottoLife’s Ken Silver: 1. Wave a lottery ticket over a black cat 2. Do the same, but over a pregnant … [Read more...] about Want to win Saturday’s $495M Powerball lottery? Try some of these unusual rituals
By Sandra Barrera | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: December 28, 2018 at 7:50 am | UPDATED: December 28, 2018 at 8:44 pm Los Angeles County has no shortage of cultural riches. And now if you’re a cardholder of the Los Angeles Public Library, you can tap into that wealth through Explore L.A., a program launched Dec. 14 to provide free or discounted passes to 18 participating cultural institutions and attractions. “At the library, we believe in giving all of our patrons equitable opportunity and access to knowledge.,” said John F. Szabo, city librarian. “Explore L.A. is a natural extension of that, and we are proud to partner with all of these wonderful museums and cultural institutions in order to help make that goal a reality.” Through that partnership, organizations each make a select number of passes available to cardholders each month at the library’s Explore L.A. website. Library cards are free to all California … [Read more...] about Free passes to LA museums and attractions with your LA library card