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Does The GOP Have A Shot At Wooing Disgruntled Millennials?

Joel Kotkin
April 24, 2014
WHO WE ARE-Over the past five years, the millennial generation (born after 1983) has been exercising greater influence over the economy, society and politics of the country, a trend that will only grow in the coming years. So far, they’ve leaned Democratic in the voting booth, but could the lousy economic fate of what I’ve dubbed “the screwed generation” lead to a change? Just look at these numbers. Since 2008, the percentage of the workforce under 25 has dropped by 13.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while that of people over 55 has risen by 7.6%. Among high school graduates who left school in 2009-11, only 16% had full-time work in 2012, and 22% worked part time although most sought a full-time job.  Read More...

Restoring the Los Angeles River: The Federal Government May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Keith Naughton
Apr 24, 2014
GUEST WORDS-California’s drought has brought into stark relief how badly the state has mismanaged its water resources. The state has failed to recognize the inherent risk of drought and supply disruption due to its need to transport water from lengthy distances to its main population centers. By not pricing this risk into the cost of water, California has spent decades wasting this valuable resource. Even in the face of an extraordinary drought, residents and businesses waste water for non-essential purposes.  Read More...

Confessions of a Former Oil Exec: Fracking Not Safe

Lauren McCauley
Apr 24, 2014
SOCAL TAKE NOTE-In a message "straight from the horse's mouth," a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, 'it is not safe.' "Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York. Read More...

IBEW Union Bo$$ d’Arcy to City: Drop Dead

Jack Humphreville
Apr 24, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-As expected, Union Bo$$ Brian d’Arcy, the business manager of IBEW Local 18 that represents over 90% of the workers at our Department of Water and Power, has refused to come clean over the use of more than $40 million of Ratepayer money that was funneled to the Joint Safety and Training Institutes since 2000 under a deal cut between the union and its friends in City Hall.  Read More...

The Only Way to Get Dirty Money Out of Politics

Rosemary Jenkins
Apr 24, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-Californians, and perhaps especially Angelinos, have for years been pushing for Clean Money legislation—long before the Citizens United and (more recent) McCutcheon decisions.  Read More...

Michelle Obama and the Racist Dog Whistle

Bob Gelfand
Apr 24, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-AT&T sells me an internet connection, which includes email supplied by Yahoo and costs me a little more than $80 a month. Yahoo in turn uses my email page to inflict advertising on me. It is that advertising, and its allowance for what has come to be known as the dog whistle, ie: camouflaged racism, that I speak of.  Read More...

Dear Arne Duncan, I know You're Trying, But ...

Julie Vassilatos
Apr 24, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-Arne Duncan, I know you're a man who cares about children and their education. I know you've been working hard, doing your level best to fix all the problems facing our schools. You have a whole array of tools you've been hammering away with: the Common Core State Standards, data-driven decisions and evaluations, technology innovations, applying ideas from the corporate world, seeking private money to help out, and cutting the dead wood out of America's teaching staff.  Read More...

Waiter, Am I Subsidizing Your Pay?

Marjorie Elizabeth Wood
Apr 24, 2014
OTHER WORDS-Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying. Read More...





Mayor Responds Quickly to Parking-Tix-for-Profit Flap

Steve Vincent and Jay Beeber
Apr 24, 2014
ENGAGEMENT-The leaders of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative met yesterday with officials of the Mayor’s office to discuss recent issues… Read More...

Does LA Suffer From Too Much Poverty … or a Poverty of Ideas?

Ken Alpern
Apr 24, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Our city's leaders and its one major newspaper, the LA Times, does a great job of promoting how we've got too much poverty, too many… Read More...

Appeal Could Put DWP Joint Trust Audit on Hold

Paul Hatfield
Apr 24, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-According to a story in today’s Los Angeles Daily News, a DWP union, IBEW Local 18, is planning an appeal of a Superior Court decision… Read More...

Californians: All Lebowski’s Now

Joe Mathews
Apr 24, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-Are we becoming a state of Lebowskis? Jeffrey Lebowski, better known as the Dude, is arguably the most successful fictional… Read More...

Rewriting Gay History: The Honeymoon is Over

Hank Plante – CalBuzz Special
Apr 21, 2014
WHO WE ARE-Now that the history of the gay rights movement is being written, and with the battle over same sex marriage looking like a fait accompli,… READ MORE...

Beware: The ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome

Joel Kotkin
Apr 21, 2014
THE WAY IT IS-The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly… READ MORE...

Silly Season at City Hall

Jack Humphreville
Apr 21, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-Over the next month, the Budget and Finance Committee will hold hours and hours of public hearings to review Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $8.1… READ MORE...

It was a Totally Chickenshi-t Parking Ticket and It’s Time to Fight Back

Bob Gelfand
Apr 21, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-It was a totally chickensh-t parking ticket, and it cost me $80. Lots of us have gotten tickets that weren't kosher, and now I'd like… READ MORE...


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El Sereno Sidewalk is No Longer an Obstacle Course

The Eastsider
Oct 24, 2013
EL SERENO-Last August Billy Branch of El Sereno set up a Facebook page as part of his one-man campaign to get a buckled and broken section of sidewalk on Cudahy Street near Locke Avenue fixed up.  READ MORE...

Valley Alliance Prez Gets DWP Commission Appointment

Stephen Box
Sep 17, 2013
THE VALLEY - The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) held its monthly meeting at the Sherman Oaks Hospital, complementing a full agenda with a few moments of celebration as the representatives of the 34 Neighborhood Councils in the San Fernando Valley honored VANC Founder and Sherman… READ MORE...

Kevin James Rocks the LANCC: Urges NCs to Appoint Public Works Liaisons

Stephen Box
Sep 17, 2013
LA NC COALITION - The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition held its monthly meeting at the Hollywood City Hall and featured Board of Public Works Commission President Kevin James, who has long been a partner with LANCC and the many Neighborhood Councils that represent the four million people… READ MORE...

Mob Democracy

Jennifer Solis
Sep 05, 2013
SILVER LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL - SilverLake Neighborhood Council got to experience a taste of mob democracy Wednesday night when an 8-8 tie vote failed to support a motion NOT to support the proposed gang injunction aimed at about three hundred members of six criminal street gangs along the… READ MORE...


A Hidden Timebomb in Senate Rules Will Go Off if a Supreme Court Justice Retires!

Ian Millhiser
Apr 24, 2014
LIBERAL PERSPECTIVE AT RISK-As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and… READ MORE...

U.S. Steals, Applies Russian Subversion Techniques

Lisa Cerda
Apr 24, 2014
CERDAFIED-In 1985, Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov, a former subversive KGB agent explained how America was being subverted from within during a… READ MORE...

The High Price of Cheap Chicken

Jill Richardson
Apr 24, 2014
PLANET WATCH-If you want to buy a fresh, whole chicken at the store, it’ll run you about $1.54 per pound. But if I buy it from my local farmer, it… READ MORE...

Hollywood NC Elections: Community Has Final Word

Ziggy Kruse
Apr 24, 2014
NEIGHBORHOODS LA-Sunday, March 30 was the biggest Election Day several Hollywood NC’s had seen in a very, very long time. Though nowhere was the… READ MORE...

Did Gloria Gray Use West Basin Muni Water Funds For Her Assembly Campaign?

Randall Fleming
Apr 24, 2014
INSIDE INGLEWOOD-Gloria Gray may have illegally used her booth at a recent Earth Day event in Inglewood to promote her campaign for the 62nd… READ MORE...

Exclusive: Officials Demand LAUSD’s Deasy Fire James Roybal

Randy Economy and Pete Parker
Apr 21, 2014
HMG-CN SPECIAL REPORT-In a letter sent to LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, a dozen local elected officials have demanded that embattled Central Basin… READ MORE...

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Robert Reich
Apr 17, 2014
WHO WE ARE-We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws… READ MORE...

The Hollow Center of Common Core

Robert Barkley
Apr 17, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-The hullabaloo over the Common Core State Standards might lead you to think that poor standards have been the central problem in… READ MORE...







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