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Making the perfect tortilla

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Sep 23, 2019
At this LA-based tortilleria, there's only one way to make a tortilla: with organic corn.
Rick Ortega, left, and Omar Ahmed are the owners of Kernel of Truth Organics.
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L.A. diners pay up for glow-in-the-dark noodles

by Sasa Woodruff Aug 8, 2019
Temporary restaurants offer novel experiences to attract new clientele.
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Bringing fresh food to an L.A. food desert, one produce box at a time

by Sasa Woodruff Jul 17, 2019
South Central resident Olympia Auset was sick of taking the bus two hours to buy fresh produce. So, she started selling fresh produce herself.
South LA resident Olympia Auset started a produce stand three years ago and now wants to expand into a physical store.
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Nancy Silverton is not an entrepreneur or a chef. She is a cook.

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Jun 24, 2019
Restaurant entrepreneur Nancy Silverton on 30 years of La Brea Bakery.
Nancy Silverton founded La Brea Bakery in 1989.
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A tale of two cities: How drag performers in Los Angeles and Moscow, Idaho, spend their money

by Danielle Chiriguayo and Janet Nguyen Oct 23, 2018
We look at how the cost of being a drag performer can vary depending on which city you're from.
Drag queen Shangela in Los Angeles, California.
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A tale of two cities: How drag performers in Los Angeles and Moscow, Idaho, spend their money

by Danielle Chiriguayo and Janet Nguyen Oct 23, 2018
We look at how the cost of being a drag performer can vary depending on which city you're from.
Drag queen Shangela in Los Angeles, California.
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Rent strikes make a comeback in tight housing markets

by Matt Tinoco Oct 1, 2018
In cities where a housing shortage is driving up rents, some residents are withholding theirs to protest poor conditions.
Striking Westlake tenants march through their neighborhood in late July.
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California bail industry grapples with fallout from a new law

by Benjamin Gottlieb Sep 27, 2018
Starting next year, a judge, not ability to pay bail, will decide who remains jailed in the state before trial.
Bail companies posted nearly $1.75 billion in surety bonds with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County from May 2016 to May 2017, a recent report found. Above, an employee at Gotham Bail Bonds near downtown Los Angeles walks to her desk.
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First, LA welcomes subway body scanners. Next, a major city near you?

by Renata Sago Sep 17, 2018
Questions loom about the new technology, like whether it has potential to keep travelers safe, or if it's just security theater.
Officers tested out the mobile units during a demonstration at Los Angeles Union Station. 
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Los Angeles demands more accountability from its banks

by Larry Buhl Aug 13, 2018
Last month , LA took on predatory and high-pressure sales goals at major banks by tightening its responsible banking ordinance. Now, if a bank wants the city’s $17 million taxpayer-funded contracts, it must be transparent about sales goal tactics and…
A Wells Fargo sign is seen on the exterior of one of their bank branches on September 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. 
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