LAPD on Social Media: Selfies, Big Guns, and Live Coverage of Crime Scenes

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In 2011, I published a piece here on L.A. Taco calling out the LAPD and Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera for using Twitter in I what I felt was an unprofessional style. The post set off a firestorm of criticism and praise of my stance, and started a conversation in the media about the proper use of social media by public employees. Since then, numerous law enforcement agencies and their officers have have adopted social media to stay better connected with communities and to give their perspective take on the news. You can literally look up the majority of departments on the big three social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. As with anything else in today’s hyperconnected world, sometimes there’s such a thing as overly connected, and it leads to interesting results. Let’s review some recent postings…

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Preview: DEVILS’ TOWN LA’s Dark History ~ Opens Aug 2 at Red Pipe Gallery

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Devils’ Town is a group show that reflects Los Angeles’ dark past. A past which we think we know, but is often covered up and not exposed in meaningful ways that go beyond mere voyeurism into past misdeeds. This show hopes to bring some of the darkness, including racism and anarchy, into the light.

August 2-30, 2014, Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Chinatown

Opening reception: August 2, 7pm to 11pm. The show runs through August 30, 2014.

Artists: Pablo Christi, Defer, Ricardo Estrada, Germs, Daniel González, Roberto Gutiérrez, Ed Gutter, Jason Hernandez, Krown 187, Krush, Jose Lopes, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Kimberly Monique, Phowl, Prime, Chuey Quintanar, Carlos Torres, Tyson, Vyal

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LYRICS & ACRYLICS : A FREE CONCERT / ART SHOW ~ August 2nd in La Crescenta

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LYRICS & ACRYLICS : A FREE CONCERT / ART SHOW
AUG. 2nd 2014 ,7:00 PM
@ THE CREST BAR
3645 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA. 91214

Featured Artist:
AGROH . AHHD, BLISK, BLITZ, BLOSM , BOLDA, DUDE, ENOX 24, JOSE FEVER, KANSL, LUKAS, MAUS, N46ER, PRODS , SIDA , REALM , SONAY , TOMMYFACE, WAXEM , YANKS , ZLA
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Checking in with our Friend, Griffith Park Mountain Lion P22

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Via the Griffith Park Trail Cam, this rare day shot of our homie P22. Shouts to LABIRDBOY for running the cam and publishing the photos online. Previously.

Amazing Images from 1903 Book “The city and county of Los Angeles in southern California”

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The internet archive just added thousands of scanned book images from their archives to flickr. We’ve found some great L.A. nuggets all ready, and many of them come from an amazing 1903 Book called The city and county of Los Angeles in southern California. This book is by Harry Ellington Brook and contains images of all sorts, and descriptions of Los Angeles and SoCal at the turn of the century. You can peruse the book in full on archive.org here. It contains many interesting observations such as:

here is a great variety of soil, as well as of climate, in Los Angeles county, varying from light sandy loam to heavy adobe. The price of land also varies greatly, ranging from $30 to $100 per acre for lands adapted to grain,hay and deciduous fruits, without irrigation,up to $250 or $300 per acre for first-classcitrus land, with an ample water right. Land may be purchased in Los Angeles county on easy terms. A great many improved places,with bearing orchards and comfortable houses

 

Here are some of our favorite images… 

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TACO SESSION ~ ZLA

A new feature on L.A. Taco, get up close with some of our favorite artists as they show you how they work with pen and paper. First up is ZLA. Shot and edited by Erwin Recinos.

Newest Craze in Downtown L.A. is Pizza Taco Tuesday

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Instagram sensation @IMHUNGRYTHO has a unique tuesday ritual in DTLA that he wants to invite you to check out. This mad food scientist combines pizza, tacos, and booze into a food lovers orgy of meaty delights in DTLA. When reached for comment, he sent us the above photo of one of his creations and some more information…

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Metta World Peace Throwing Elbows in Venice

Metta being Metta on the outdoor courts of Venice Beach during a VBL Game last week.

PREVIEW: Artists Across America ~ Opens August 2nd at Flower Pepper

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Artists Across America, curated by Daniel Rolnik, is an exhibit of original artworks sourced directly from the studios of over 50 artists working in the continent of North America. The exhibition opens Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, and will be on view from August 2nd – August 29th, 2014. Keep reading for artist list and a preview of some of the works to be shown…

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Skullphone ~ West Hollywood

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Visit 1940′s Los Angeles in this Vintage Video

This video from the 1940s gives you a nice tour, including going inside the original Von’s on Olympic Blvd. Another interesting stop is a drive-through shoe repair business! Here’s the full list of locations visited:

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