Wednesday, November 30, 2011

L.A.P.D. Raids Occupy L.A.

The camp at Occupy L.A. located at L.A. city hall was raided by several hundred L.A.P.D. officers. The officers entered the part with lightning speed, carving up the park with lines of officers in riot gear.
I didn't see any incidents between the officers and demonstrators, and very few have been reported so far. Journalist were allowed to report and photograph inside the park for about 20 minutes during the raid, then the pool took over coverage for the arrest and park clean up.
The L.A.P.D eventually took over the streets around city hall, forcing any lingering protesters out of the area.
As the protesters left the area, they chanted and clapped in unison. I heard one officer clap along with them.

The raid.

LAPD officers inside the park.

Demonstrator watching the raid.

LAPD officers looking at the trees in the park for protesters.

A barrier was set up at the park entrance.

LAPD motor officers on 1st street.

A demonstrator sleeping on 1st street.

Protesters holding a candle light vigil during the raid.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Walt Disney Concert Hall Morning Light

The Walt Disney Concert Hall bathed in orange sunlight this morning at 6:45am.

Shadows of palm tress on the Walt Disney Concert Hall this morning.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2011

LAPD Attempt To Move Out Occupy LA

Hundreds of L.A.P.D. officers were lined up and ready to move out the occupants of Occupy L.A. in downtown L.A. last night. Hundreds of Occupy LA demonstrators took over First Street for most of the evening, stopping all traffic in the area.
L.A.P.D. officers asked the demonstrators to move out of the street and back in to the park at L.A. city hall.
The eviction notice that was ordered by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was supposed to take affect at 12:01am Monday evening.

Occupy LA protestors at LA city hall.

Resting on First Street.

Occupy LA demonstrators on First Street.

Occupy LA demonstrators link arms around city hall park.

City hall park.

LAPD on first Street.

LAPD officer on First Street.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Occupy L.A. Last Afternoon

Hundreds of tents and members of Occupy L.A. are still entrenched on the lawn outside of L.A. city hall. Many have vowed to be arrested, and will not leave voluntarily.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has set a deadline for all occupy L.A. occupants to be gone by 12:01am Monday morning, or risk arrest for trespassing. L.A.P.D. Charlie Beck has stated that the L.A.P.D. will not rush in to the park directly at 12:01am.

Tents on the north lawn of L.A. city hall.

Occupy L.A.

Gas mask vender.

Occupy L.A. demonstrator.

Occupy L.A. demonstrator in a tree at L.A. city hall.

Dex, a homeless man on the north lawn of L.A. city hall.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

San Pedro Falling In To The Sea (Updated)

A huge landslide fell in to the sea at San Pedro.
The coastal road, Paseo Del Mar, was closed last month as it developed cracks and began to sink. Heavy rains and coastal erosion finally got the best of the road, and it was pulled down in to the Pacific Ocean.

Panoramic image. Click to see larger.
Before photo from Google Maps

Paseo Del Mar.

The landslide.

Paseo Del Mar.

A lone palm on the edge.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sixth Street Bridge To Be Replaced

The L.A. city council voted to replace the 79 year old Sixth Street Bridge.
The iconic bridge that connects east L.A. with downtown will be replaced with a new $401 million dollar design that would begin in three years, if the bridge holds up that long. The bridge is infected by an alkali silica gel that expands the cracks in the concrete, and the giant looping iron supports are rusting away, making the bridge susceptible to failure during an earthquake.
Preservationist wanted to have a replica design of the Sixth Street Bridge, but city engineers felt it was not feasible.
The new bridge design will utilize cables and towers to support the bridge, and will take up to four years to build.

Last chance to use in your noir film.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2005

Friday, November 18, 2011

Natalie Wood Press Conference

L.A. county Sheriff department investigators held a press conference about new details surrounding the death of Natalie Wood.
Sheriff's officials stated Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood's husband, is not a suspect at this time. No exact details were released on why the investigation has been re-opened and assigned to new Sheriff detectives.
Natalie Wood died on a yacht off the coast of Los Angeles 30 years ago to the day, her death was ruled an accidental drowning.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A National Day Of Action In Los Angeles

Images from a 'National Day Of Action' in Los Angeles.

"The Peacewalker" in downtown L.A.

99 percenters at Bunker Hill.

99 percenters staring down the L.A.P.D

Flying the flag at Bunker Hill.

L.A.P.D. in downtown.

L.A.P.D. with flowers.

CSUDH student/teacher strike.

CSUDH student/teacher strike.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Must See Cars of The 2011 L.A. Auto Show

The sleek, new, and colorful rides of the 2011 L.A. Auto Show held at the L.A. Convention Center.

A 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Hotwheels concept with green crome paint.

BMW i8 Concept.

BMW i8 concept.

Audi e-Tron Spyder concept. 107 mpg.

Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG Black Series.

Jaguar C-X16.
Cadillac Ciel Concept with suicide doors and no top.

Doking 3 seater XD.

Audi R8 GT Spyder.
Photos By Ted Soqui © 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Breaking Dawn Tent City Occupation Day 2

A tent city of over 545 people have taken over the courtyard at the Nokia Center in downtown L.A. This is the 2nd day of the occupation and it will end on it's fifth day, this Monday, when the film "Breaking Dawn" is set to have it's black carpet premier. Several fans travelled from Central America and Mexico to participate in the tent city camp out.


Photos By Ted Soqui © 2011