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Maya Flores, 2, helps her mother, Kristy Sandoval, complete a mural on an insurance office building at Van Nuys Boulevard and Bradley Street in Pacoima. A community group led by local artist Levi Ponce is trying to tackle the problems of urban blight and crime in the San Fernando Valley suburb through art. Their efforts have resulted in the creation of about 30 murals along Pacoima's so-called Mural Mile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A homeless man passes the day in a shady spot at 3rd and Main streets in Los Angeles. When I walk through the streets of downtown, where there are more homeless people than the entire population of the small town where I grew up, I often think of the isolation one must feel to be exiled and alone in a world of hard concrete.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Dolphins feed in the waters off Long Beach in early September. Several pods were attracted by sardines and minnows schooling close to shore.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Stacey Sofia Clarke, 35, communes with a horse during a Levi's Vintage Clothing Co. party in Topanga Canyon. The event was part of the company's relaunching of the Orange Tab line, which was produced from 1968 to 1978. The event loosely followed a Woodstock festival theme, but most of the partygoers were born long after the days of antiwar movements, free love and flower power — and grasped them only as threads of a current marketing plan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A man walks past graffiti art on a warehouse in the downtown Los Angeles arts district. Walls throughout the city are adorned with murals large and small despite a long-standing city ordinance banning works painted on private property. On Aug. 28, the Los Angeles City Council voted to lift the mural ban.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

UCLA linebacker Kenny Orjoke blocks a punt by Nevada's Chase Tenpenny during the Bruins' season opener at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The ball was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by UCLA's Philip Ruhl. My daughter attended UCLA, and I was often shooting on the sidelines during the tenure of coach Rick Neuheisel, when the Bruins were very bad. We'd meet after games for dinner and talk about where things went wrong. Wouldn't you know it? Now that she's graduated, the team from Westwood might actually be very good.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The USC Trojans come out of the tunnel for their home opener against Washington State at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. This was the most optimistic picture of the day, as the men of Troy went down in an ugly 10-7 defeat at the hands of the almost equally inept Cougars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The late summer sun beats down on L.A.'s Old Chinatown, where women still commonly follow the Asian tradition of using umbrellas or parasols to shade themselves from heat and sunlight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Neon lights burn bright against the night sky in Chinatown Plaza. Redevelopment plans suggest a revitalized Chinatown that may be more of a mix of residential and commercial complexes with much less of a Chinese influence and style. As a photographer, however, I hope that vestiges of the area as we know it now will stay in place.


Michael Norton and his cat Mary Jane pause to watch a protest and rally outside the Twin Towers Jail in downtown Los Angeles, making an image of serenity and balance that one does not normally see around the massive detention center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A pair of dragonflies perch on a dried succulent to mate on the banks of the Los Angeles River near Griffith Park. In the process, they form a heart shape with their tails that perfectly complements the situation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Beachgoers fly a kite in Long Beach against a backdrop of glittering water. In the hot days of late summer, a gentle breeze normally blows through the port town, making it an ideal place to escape sweltering locales farther inland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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