Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UCLA Flooding

A 30 inch LA Dept. of Water and Power water pipe, built back in 1921, burst underneath iconic Sunset Blvd. in Westwood today.
Millions of gallons of water and mud rushed through the northern part of the campus flooding most of the athletic areas. Water also rushed in to a parking structure and the Pauley Pavilion producing several feet of standing murky water.
The torrent of water took over 2 hours to finally shut down.
Sunset Blvd. is expected to be closed for the next couple of days due to the break.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Young Faithful.

Surf's up!

BMR.

Sunset Blvd.

"The Wizard" is not pleased.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Emerson College Building on Sunset Blvd.

The new ten story tall Emerson College building designed by famous architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
A symphony of steel.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

President Obama at LA Trade Tech

President Obama finished his 24 hours of fundraising and tour of Los Angeles with a passionate speech at LA Trade Tech College.
He spoke about the economy and education and how trade colleges are vital to rebuilding both.
After the speech, the President took off to LAX and flew back to Washington, DC.
LA Weekly slideshow, click here.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Our flag.

Making the point.

Strange protester.

Official White House photographer.

"LA."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama Visits Hancock Park

President Obama landed at Los Angeles High School via the Marine One helicopter today.
He sped off in a Presidential SUV up Rossmore Ave. to a fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit TV show "Scandal."
About 50 Net Neutrality protesters stood in front of LA High to urge the president to make the net a public utility and free from government control.
The President is expected to be in town for only 24 hours.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Don't.

Marine One hitting the LZ.

The Commander in Chief rolling in LA.

Hands off, government!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Silverlake

Hipster whimsy in Silverlake.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Couldn't bear it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

LA Chopper

This giant chopper landed right down the street from me. Kicked up a massive dust storm too.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Just washed my car!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MH17 Memorial

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Hollywood memorial to remember a group of more than 100 HIV/AIDS delegates that perished in Thursday's Malaysia Airlines disaster while en route to the 20th
International AIDS conference in Australia.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Flowers for the fallen.

7th Street

Detail of an old building on 7th Street in downtown, LA.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
...we love it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nelson Mandela Day 2014

Today, July 18, 2014, was declared Nelson Mandela Day in Los Angeles.
Mural artist Kent Twitchell painted a portrait of Mandela for the occasion on a piece of the Berlin Wall Memorial located at 5900 Wilshire Blvd.
This day is also celebrated worldwide on this date as well.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Amandla.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nick Ut

My friend and colleague photojournalist Nick Ut was featured in this week's issue of the LA Weekly.
The story is written by Gendy Alimurung and features one of my portraits of Nick.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Nick Ut, icon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Street Music

A bit of street music going on at the Original Farmers Market at Fairfax and Third.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Old school music.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Original Farmers Market Turns 80

The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax turned 80 years old today.
LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge along with other local dignitaries sang "Happy Birthday" to the great market, then served birthday cake to the attendees.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
City Councilman LaBonge with Farmers Market employees.

Certificate of Recognition.

Instead of 80 candles.

Cutting the cake.

Josette of Normandie Bakery serving cake.

On Final to LAX

A lone passenger jet on final approach to LAX above the early evening skies of Whittier.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Orange is the new black.

Monday, July 14, 2014

L.A. Woman

Downtown Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
LA lady.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wolfpack Hustle Crit Race in Downtown LA

The Wolfpack Hustle Downtown Crit Race in downtown LA last Saturday.
The race featured some of the areas fastest and most colorful cyclist.
Mens and womans races featured both road and fixie bike.
Full gallery click here.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Mens road race qualifying.

Broken chain while qualifying.

Need to be super fast to start in this row.

Mens fixie qualifying.

Female fixie racer, no brakes

Supermoon

The supermoon with part of a Lear Jet flying in front of it.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Super.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Protest in South Los Angeles

Family members, attorneys, and civil rights activist held a press conference in South LA today calling for criminal and civil rights violations charges against a CHiP officer who beat Marlene Pinnock on a LA are freeway last week.
The beating was caught on video by a passing motorist, and is being called the new "Rodney King" video.
The beating is under investigation by the CHiP.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Danny Bakewell speaking to the media.

The Protester 2014

This guy was protesting against Donald Sterling being the owner of the LA Clippers, out front of the County Courthouse yesterday. He had a great sign and cool face mask made from a bandana.
Shot this image of him and noticed the US flag bandana had a "MADE IN CHINA" stamp on it.
Love the irony.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Protester 2014.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bryan Stow Court Victory

Beating victim, Bryan Stow, won an $18 million dollar verdict against the Los Angeles Dodgers today in court.
Bryan was badly beaten and nearly killed at a Dodger home opener game March 31, 2012.
The jury found that Brian did not aggravate the beating he received by several Dodger fans. The Jury also found previous Dodger owner, Frank McCourt, not responsible as well.
Bryan's parents Dave and Ann spoke to media afterwards and were happy with the verdict.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Stow attorney Thomas Girardi speaking to the media.

Former NOLA Mayor Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

Former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for taking bribes and fraud related charges in the rebuilding of his city after Hurricane Katrina.
Nagin accepted gifts and money from businessmen vying for contracts to rebuild the storm ravaged city.
Much of the city has not been rebuilt and still in ruins.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Mayor Nagin at an one year Katrina anniversary.

The Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans one year after Katrina.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sterling vs. Sterling

Shelly Sterling arrives to a downtown LA courthouse to do battle with her husband, Donald Sterling, over ownership and the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team which they co-owned.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Shelly Sterling.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Port of LA

Was shooting a press conference for the drayage trucker strike at the port today.
Always loved those giant cranes.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Port of LA.

3 cranes.

The wire.

Imports.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July Los Angeles

Fireworks over downtown Los Angeles viewed from a hill in Chinatown.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
City of lights.

Stolen Tesla Wreck on La Brea Ave.

A stolen Tesla automobile wrecked on La Brea Ave after a police chase.
The stolen Tesla, with two car thieves on board, hit two vehicles, with five people in them, and then a traffic light pole.
The Tesla was split in half, with the back half wedged into outdoor alcove between two walls at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue. The Tesla was reported to have hit speeds as high as 100mph during the chase.
La Brea Ave at Santa Monica Blvd. remains closed due to the wreck.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Rear half of the stolen Tesla.

Front half of the Tesla.

A Honda Civic.

Crash scene on La Brea Ave.