The Wattstax concert made, changed LA history 50 years ago

The Wattstax concert made, changed LA history 50 years ago

In the wake of the Watts uprising, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted what was billed as the Black Woodstock. Thousands of Angelenos packed the stadium for Wattstax, a day long music festival headlined by Isaac Hayes. Music journalist RJ Smith joined “LA Times Today” with the story of the festival and its 50-year legacy. … Read more

Pleas for release of LA lawyer held captive in Venezuela

Pleas for release of LA lawyer held captive in Venezuela

LOS ANGELES — Ana Sandoval has been waiting for a miracle over five months as she and her son, Henry Martínez, have been trying to bring 44-year-old Eyvin Hernández home to Los Angeles. Eyvin, Ana’s son and Henry’s brother, is allegedly being held captive in Venezuela. “I’m very worried, very worried, because we don’t know … Read more

Metro expands GoPass program in LA County

Metro expands GoPass program in LA County

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined other local leaders at LA Valley College to accept a $1 million federal grant with help from Sen. Dianne Feinstein. That money helps extend Metro’s GoPass program, allowing it to offer free transit passes to all community college students in Los Angeles County. What You Need To Know Local … Read more

During ‘Rail Safety Month,’ LA-area railroad incidents up

During ‘Rail Safety Month,’ LA-area railroad incidents up

In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, so far this year, there have been 78 incidents involving trains striking people or vehicles. Forty-four incidents resulted in death. That number is up from 63 incidents during all of 2021. As part of “Rail Safety Month,” Metrolink has teamed up with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to … Read more

More companies using Bossware to monitor employees

More companies using Bossware to monitor employees

LOS ANGELES — More employers across the country are using what’s referred to as Bossware to monitor their employees’ work habits and determine whether their workers are productive.  What You Need To Know Bossware is software employees can use to track their employees’ online habits A Digital.com survey found that 60% of employers with remote … Read more

The slavery case in San Diego County riveted the nation

The slavery case in San Diego County riveted the nation

Seventy-five years ago, in the summer of 1947, slavery was remembered vaguely as a Southern thing, vanquished by the Civil War nearly a century earlier and buried in the dust of Dixie. Then Alfred and Elizabeth Ingalls got arrested in Coronado. Click the arrow above to watch the full segment.  Watch “LA Times Today” at … Read more

Free Business Builder program bridges the digital divide

Free Business Builder program bridges the digital divide

LOS ANGELES — The ThinkWatts Foundation created the Business Builder program to help small companies navigate the new digital landscape with courses in credit building, business bookkeeping, cybersecurity, data analytics and more. The owner of Blacker The Berry Juicery took part in the education series last year and said he learned valuable skills to be … Read more

Surfer offers spiritual advice in new book

Surfer offers spiritual advice in new book

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Best-selling author and former surf champion Shaun Tomson said he wrote his latest book “to help people find their purpose and their path.” Tomson co-authored “The Surfer and The Sage: A Guide to Survive and Ride Life’s Waves,” based on his experience in the ocean and how he coped with the … Read more

Meet the CA Latina helping lead the state’s climate efforts

Meet the CA Latina helping lead the state’s climate efforts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom made history recently for signing a $54 billion climate package aimed at solving the growing climate crisis. The governor’s Senior Climate Adviser Lauren Sanchez was behind a lot of the conversations that took place to make the state’s bold plan a reality. The Oakland Latina has a personal … Read more

Exhibition features stories of missing and dead migrants

Exhibition features stories of missing and dead migrants

LOS ANGELES — A toothbrush? Your wallet? What would you put in a backpack if you were leaving your home for a new life in another country? That is what UCLA anthropologist Jason De León has been studying. “I got the idea around 2009 to take the tools of archeology, to go out into the … Read more