Vietnamese American artists explore ideas of beauty and identity

Thinh Nguyen remembers coming to America from the tiny Vietnamese village of Bao An in the early 1990s, when he was 11, and not fitting in.

Back then, he was the only Asian student in his school and didn’t speak any English.

His feeling of separateness was almost indescribable. That he didn’t look…

Beach Cities – Los Angeles Times

Newport Beach mayor outlines vision for ‘doing the right thing’

For newly appointed Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, being on the City Council means more than casting a vote on a single issue.

Dixon became mayor in December, about a year after being elected to the council as part of a slate of four candidates known as Team Newport. She used her State of the…

Beach Cities – Los Angeles Times

From movie stars to Myspace, Malibu estate has pedigree and more

A Malibu estate with decades of Hollywood ties and six degrees of separation between the film “Grease” and the social network Myspace is on the market in Malibu at $ 7.9 million.

Among previous owners of the two-story ranch-style home is actress-singer Olivia Newton-John, who sold the property to…

Santa Monica Mountains – Los Angeles Times

Firefighters knock down blaze at industrial plastics facility in Glassell Park

Firefighters on Monday morning knocked down a massive fire at a commercial plastic facility in Glassell Park, officials said.

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The blaze started about 5:18 a.m. at Columbia Plastic in the 3000 block of North Fierro Street, an industrial neighborhood along…

Northeast LA – Los Angeles Times