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Postcards from Los Angeles County’s Summer of ‘16

There’s still plenty of hot weather left, but with Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, our photo gallery takes a look back at how we jumped, bounced, cycled and splashed our way through the height of the fun season. From skate parks to soccer fields, splash pads to scenic overlooks, L.A. County made it a summer to remember.

Leaping into a new school year at L.A. County’s ‘Arts High’

School’s back in session. And for one unique group of students, the new school year always brings a lot of drama. Not to mention ballet, jazz, strings, and even fashion design. Click through our LACHSA photo gallery for an up-close look at young artists at work.

An Olympian journey from L.A. County to Rio, by way of Syria

The Olympics are based on an inspiring ideal: bringing together athletes from around the globe to compete, far from the world’s politics and strife. This photo gallery and video show one of those athletes, L.A. County lifeguard Azad Al-Barazi, training and aspiring to bring hope to the war-torn country of his parents’ birth.

National Association of Counties sails into Long Beach

Nearly 3,000 participants—including government leaders from across the U.S.—are taking part in the National Association of Counties’ annual conference now underway in Long Beach. This photo gallery showcases some of the sights visitors can see around town, along with images of some last-minute preparation behind the scenes.

Capturing time in a capsule at L.A. County Hall of Justice

With a nod to the past and an eye on the future, officials have installed a time capsule in Los Angeles County's historic Hall of Justice, to be reopened in the year 2116. Here are some images from the ceremony.

 

Finding the way home: Video stories of homelessness

California’s homeless crisis is intensifying—and so are efforts to find innovative and sustainable solutions. As media organizations from the Bay Area to L.A. devote a day of coverage to this long-running tragedy, we offer these L.A. County video stories of homelessness and help.

Voices in the #Fight4Homeless

From Canoga Park to Coronado, Santa Fe Springs to San Francisco, Long Beach to Lompoc, more than 11,000 people throughout Los Angeles County and the state have so far signed a petition urging Gov. Jerry Brown to declare homelessness in California a state of emergency. Here’s why.

Here's how to beat the heat in Los Angeles County

Find relief from the sweltering temperatures at a neighborhood cooling center or by taking a dip in an L.A. County swimming pool. Wade into our refreshing photo gallery for some cool inspiration.

Make your mark: faces of democracy in action

Take a look back at LA County voters in action during the June 7 California primary. Their portraits make up a photo gallery showing some of those who brought e pluribus unum to life.

Getting ready to vote in Los Angeles County

This video goes behind the scenes as thousands of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk volunteers and staff members prepare to process millions of ballots in Los Angeles County in advance of the June 7 primary.

ET-94 makes a big entrance in Los Angeles County

After an epic sea voyage from New Orleans and through the Panama Canal, ET-94 has finally come ashore in L.A. County. This photo gallery captures some moments from its arrival in Marina del Rey.

CicLAvia arrives in the Southeast cities: It’s the wheel deal

Thousands of cyclists will roll into the Southeast cities on Sunday. Many residents there rely on public transportation, bikes and foot power to navigate their lives. Take a spin through our photos of a bike shop along the CicLAvia route and the daily routine of one patron: a factory worker whose bike is his only ride.

Special delivery: Where every day is Mother's Day

When the Cervantes family goes back to L.A. County's Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, their tiny toddlers are greeted like visiting rock stars. Watch how a high-risk pregnancy turned into four bundles of joy—and dozens of lasting friendships.

A changing culture in L.A. County jails

Los Angeles County's jail system serves as a de facto mental health institution for thousands of inmates suffering from psychological and psychiatric problems. Watch this behind-the-scenes video showing culture change in the jails and innovations in how deputies are being trained to work there.

Crescent Farm: See what the buzz is about at the Arboretum

Los Angeles County’s Arboretum & Botanic Garden has bountiful attractions across its 127 acres, from towering trees to preening peacocks. Now it’s grown a new one.