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Is there really a building that houses a giraffe and other circus animals next to the Sylmar juvenile hall off the 210 freeway?

I can imagine the guards saying, “You know, if you hadn’t ended up in here, you could be out with those animals.” Yes, an adult and a young giraffe...

The Hollywood sign recently said SAVE THE PEAK. What have been some of its most memorable makeovers?

Heirs of Howard Hughes owned 138 acres near the sign until 2002, when a Chicago developer (no, not Sam Zell) bought the land on the cheap. Folks working to...

Are there any working orange groves left in L.A.?

After about 200 years as a producer—and at the top of the citrus market for half that time—Los Angeles County has almost run out of juice. The holdouts include...

Who’s the guy behind the chicken murals in Echo Park, East Hollywood, and near the Jewelry Mart downtown?

The pollo grande who painted the dozens of cartoon chickens is “Cache,” a 33-year-old bike messenger who grew up in Guatemala and around MacArthur Park. He often depicts his birds pedaling...

Is there really a bra-fitting school near Pasadena?

I hope so. And—yes! It’s close by, in Monrovia, where the helpful staff at Creative Woman, aka The Wizard of Bras, will show you how to choose a brassiere...

I love those “death dogs” (bacon-wrapped hot dogs) from sidewalk vendors, but is it legal to sell food like that?

Every day in this town, county health inspectors dump entire trays of those delectable franks with their sizzling onions and curly pork into the trash as the cooks look...

Is it true Rapid Buses can control traffic lights? I’d heard that, but I seem to catch just as many red lights when I follow them as when I don’t.

The wireless transponders on those Rapid Buses can nudge a green light to last longer or reduce the wait at a red light by several seconds. One of the...

Is L.A. still the bank robbery capital of the United States?

The latest FBI statistics are in, and once again they confirm that Southern California leads the nation in heists. Keep in mind, though, that the number of bank robberies...

Why is Historic Filipinotown where it is?

Past discrimination has a lot to do with it. In the mid-1920s, L.A.’s Filipino workers lived in a run-down area of Little Tokyo because racial prejudice kept them from...

Can I drill an oil well in my backyard?

Whoa there, James Dean. You're not in Texas, and it's not that simple. Folks like Ed Doheny sucked out the easy stuff a long time ago.  Let's say you own...