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About Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson, a Southern California based writer, works as an editor for an online media company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English (1997) from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in journalism (1999) from Syracuse University. Melanie has worked the bulk of her 13-year career in newspapers, including stints at the San Bernardino Sun and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside. She has covered a wide variety of beats, including city government and education. She also has worked as a freelance writer and editor.

Water Wheel to Pay Tribute to Los Angeles’ Past, Nurture Its Present

Kentucky Dam Turbine

Los Angeles – A proposed project set for downtown Los Angeles will double as a way to irrigate a park[Read More…]

School Bond Effort Limits Donations from Architects

school crossing

Portland – Those spearheading the Portland Public Schools $482 million bond campaign have set a limit on donations by firms[Read More…]

East Portland Communities Team Up for Transportation Plan

Portland highway

Portland OR – A memorandum of understanding signed between several East Portland communities and Metro designed to get traffic issues[Read More…]

Public Gets a Look at the Historic Boyle Hotel

A before-renovation look at the historic Boyle Hotel

Los Angeles – With the  former Boyle Hotel’s renovation complete, project proponents Monday removed the black construction screen that hid[Read More…]

Portland’s Sunday Parkways Event Brings Cycling Faithful Together

bike warning sign

Portland’s Sunday Parkways event gathered the bike faithful together. The Southwest Portland event kicked off Sunday with a little spiritual[Read More…]

Three Groups File Lawsuits Over LA’s Hollywood Development Plan

Hollywood sign

Los Angeles – Three groups are suing the city of Los Angeles following the City Council’s approval last week of[Read More…]

Innovative Housing to Host Construction Kick-Off for $11 Million Project

Heavy Equipment

Portland OR – Innovative Housing is hosting a construction kick-off event and “FriendRaiser” July 21 at the site of the[Read More…]

Improved Economic Outlook Makes Way for Downtown LA High Rise

Los Angeles from the air

Los Angeles – A downtown Los Angeles high-rise proposed for Hope Street that was put on pause due to the[Read More…]

Fabulous Forum in Inglewood to Get $50 Million Facelift

Forum & Inglewood

Los Angeles – The storied Forum in Inglewood, once home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings and a concert[Read More…]

Redside Development Gives Historic Downtown Buildings a Redo

Hamilton Building, Portland

Portland – A development company recently gave new life to two historic buildings downtown. Redside Development, in a push to[Read More…]

Multnomah County Commissioners Approve Land Sale for Public Market

Pike Place Market

Portland – Plans for a public food market in downtown Portland are making progress. The Multnomah County commissioners on Thursday[Read More…]

Foreign Species Found on Oregon Beach Traveled from Japan

Oregon Coast

Portland – The March 2011 tsunami that followed a magnitude-9 earthquake that hit the Honshu, Japan area still is affecting[Read More…]

Portland Gets Committment for Light Rail Funding

Light rail tracks in Portland, Oregon by Corbin Keech

Portland Mayor Sam Adams this week met with local and federal leaders to iron out funding for the Portland-Milwaukie Light[Read More…]

Popularity of LA’s Light-Rail System Growing

Los Angeles Metro rail transit

Los Angeles – While getting Los Angeles residents out of their cars has proven a tough task, the expansion of[Read More…]

Portland Tops Rankings for Bike Commuting

bike rack

In Portland, bicycles provide both an economic boost and a healthy way to get around for residents.

LA Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Bags

plastic bags

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to issue a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets this week[Read More…]

Developers to Break Ground on Downtown Apartment Project Tuesday

Downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory on a relatively clear day.

Downtown LA developers plan to break ground Tuesday on a three-building apartment complex, reported Los Angeles Downtown News.

Oregonians Recycled 25.9 Million Pounds of Electronics in 2011

Electronics recycling By AxsDeny, Flickr

Oregonians are plugged into recycling electronics.

Portland Unveils New Tax Amnesty Program for Businesses

Portland Oregon, from the road leading to Portland VA Medical Center - Vancouver Campus in Washington State, photo by Cliff1066, Flickr Creative Commons

Portland is offering a new tax amnesty program designed to help businesses delinquent in paying what they owe catch up.

Volunteers Readying Mountain Bike Trails for June 2 Opening

Volunteers are working to ready some mountain biking trails in time for a June 2 opening date.