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Dare to Read This Column: A White Man’s Fear in a Frightened America

Frank Nuessle
WHO WE ARE--Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, “Between the World and Me” about his experience of being black in White America has touched a place of deep-seated fear and unacknowledged anguish buried deep inside of me. Why would I, a sixty something, tall, blue eyed, well educated, white man who has lived a privileged life in White America, be so afraid? I think it’s because Coates is right… Read More...

Game Changer for Labor: Fast Food Workers Win Big

Jill Richardson
LABOR WATCH 2015--For many Americans, the only connection between Labor Day and labor is that you don’t have to do any of the latter as a result of the former. In other words, it’s just a day off work — an occasion to barbecue or go out of town for a three-day weekend. But millions of Americans are still fighting labor struggles. And this year, one group of them won a big victory just in time for… Read More...

LA’s Budget-Busting Labor Contract … Includes 5,000 More Workers!

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG--Four weeks after Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson trumpeted that the City had reached a tentative agreement with the union leadership that represents the City’s 20,000 civilian workers, the details of this budget-busting, backroom deal are slowly making their way into the public realm. Unfortunately, the City was not able to achieve its goal of freezing… Read More...

Well-intentioned or Phony … Plans for Developing Transit Oriented Communities Need Some Sorting Out

Dick Platkin
PLATKIN ON PLANNING-What are TODs …TADs ... and TOCs? New city planning acronyms appear even faster than the inflated claims of real estate speculators that if zoning and environmental laws were only lifted, they could solve serious socio-economic problems, like housing affordability. One of their favorite proposals to do this is Transit Oriented Development, usually called TOD. TOD is typically… Read More...

Garcetti's Missed Deadline Misses the Point about Los Angeles' Homeless Veterans

Steve Peck
VETS WATCH-There's a saying we used in the Marine Corps: "Marines never retreat, we only attack in a different direction." I was reminded of that expression last week, after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he would need to recalibrate his goal to end veterans' homelessness by the end of this year. To me, Mayor Garcetti's concession that this would take far longer to accomplish is a… Read More...

Crazy? I'll Show You Crazy: The Ones Calling US Crazy!

Ken Alpern
POLITICS-You know the drill, and Einstein's quote: Insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You know, dogged adherence to party over country, telling the majority to go "stuff it" while marching to your own beat (and living in your own universe) and calling that same majority "crazy"? Well, maybe those proclaiming the rest of us crazy will discover… Read More...

LA’s Neighborhood Councils: Death by a Thousand Cuts

Tony Butka
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS-I haven’t been paying much attention to DONE (Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) and the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners lately, figuring that they are mostly an empty shell. Then I noticed that both Bob Gelfand and Denyse Selesnick actually agreed that something rotten is going on, so it’s time to pay attention. DONE was already on my mind last week when my… Read More...

Enough of the Blah Blah Blah

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-I had mixed emotions about last week's article "The Summer of My Discontent". I was delighted that so many people read it, but somewhat discouraged that so many of you agreed with my "gripe list." I guess I was hoping for someone to show me where I was wrong. But, interestingly enough, hope can be sparked by even negative circumstances. I don't usually include the comments I receive on… Read More...

Eva Longoria: Could Her Next Starring Role be Vice President of the United States?

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA-Which national Democratic Hispanic leader can say he or she has had serious discussions about economic empowerment with former President Bill Clinton…develo ped a partnership with Warren Buffett’s son to dole out $2 million in microloans to Latina business owners…and runs charities that promote college access and aid for developmentally disabled children? Not to mention the usual… Read More...

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  • Icelanders Step Up for Refugees -- Shaming Their Own Government and Others

    Abby Zimet
    GUEST WORDS-Under the rubric, "Just Because It Isn't Happening Here Doesn't Mean It Isn't Happening," over 12,000 Icelanders have offered their homes…
  • Making America Work for Working People

    Sarita Gupta
    LABOR WATCH 2015-For millions of working parents like me, the juggling act between our homes and offices gets even more frantic as our kids head back…
  • Gil Cedillo: The Turning Tide

    Richard Risemberg
    SAFE STREETS POLITICS-Ted Rogers over at Biking in LA isn’t the only blogger with a Secret Correspondent. I have one too: a longtime resident of…
  • Labor Day 2028

    Robert Reich
    LABOR WATCH 2015-In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far in a hundred years -- by 2028 --…

  • Arsenic in Your Rice?! Here’s Help

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS--Rice has been found to be high in arsenic. Arsenic is a chemical element comes in organic and inorganic, and the highly toxic inorganic is…
  • Campbell’s Soup to Remove MSG … at Long Last!

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-You can’t get more American than Campbell’s soup. This company has been gracing our grocery shelves since 1859. With iconic artists like…
  • Probiotics Instead of Weight Loss Surgery?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism on August 4, they have proven a link between weight loss surgeries and gut microbes. It…

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