LA WATCHDOG-We are entering the Silly Season of LA politics as the candidates for the open City Council seats are promising paved streets, level sidewalks, pension reform, a more efficient work force, restored services, development that is respectful of our neighborhoods, less traffic congestion, lower parking fines, affordable housing, housing for the homeless, a revitalized Los Angeles River, and the phase out of the gross receipts business tax, all without raising our taxes.
OTHERWORDS-Peace on Earth, good will toward men. We honor these noble values every holiday season — and some people actually work to advance them all year long. Other folks, by contrast, mock these values. They spend their days chasing after ever grander stashes of personal treasure.
MY TURN-Before some of you start ranting and raving about giving into a communist government let us examine some of the facts. I am not a diplomat! That is obvious from some of my articles! I am not an economist … which I am sure my Accountant will confirm! I have however, spent a great deal of my life working in Latin America and yes…I have visited Cuba.
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-On Christmas Eve, it felt like the park was all ours. When I was growing up in the 1980s and early ’90s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on the day before Christmas that it became a family tradition to spend December 24 in the “Happiest Place on Earth,” often along with a visit to my grandmother, who lived in Anaheim.
FINAL WAKEUP CALL!-A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Computer stock based on insider information from a Dell employee. When charged with illegal insider trading, Global Investors’ co-founder Anthony Chiasson claimed he didn’t know where the tip came from.
JUST SAYIN’-There can only be one reason why scores of weak-kneed, embarrassingly cowardly Democrats can justify their votes to pass the recent National Budget, and that is that a behind-the-scenes, secret deal had been made. I’m thinking that perhaps enough Republicans agreed not to try for the 60th time to overturn the ACA during the new Congress but would attempt to work out an acceptable plan on immigration in exchange for Democrats’ accepting some of the draconian measures that the Opposition cherished. I hope I am right; otherwise, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
LOS ANGELES-Perhaps the biggest problem about getting a message to the general public in these modern "enlightened" times is the ability to get past those who will distort a message and/or read into it something that wasn't meant or implied. We need more mobility, we need to create neighborhoods that make sense, and we need to find ways to help those among us who are less fortunate.
GUEST WORDS-Last Saturday, I found myself sharing a New York City subway train with protesters from the Millions March and drunken revelers from SantaCon. Both events drew comparable-sized crowds, hovering around 25,000 participants each. Both ended up on the tiny island of Manhattan on the same day. And this coincidence is a perfect metaphor for Christmas this year.
JUSTICE-One of the most casual examples of the racial inequality in our justice system is what happens to African Americans during routine traffic stops, Compton Mayor Aja Brown told HuffPost Live last week.
Ronald Reagan-40th President of the United States-on the subject of prayer
Shonda Rhimes –Writer, producer - I haven’t broken through any glass ceiling