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Education Reform = Racial Disparity

Jeff Bryant
Mar 27, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-America was shocked, shocked, by new data from the U.S. Department of Education last week showing that a child’s education destiny in the nation’s public schools is strongly determined by race. As a report in The New York Times put it, the new data revealed that “racial… Read More...

Political Correctness, Affirmative Action and Other State-Sanctioned Racism

Ken Alpern
Mar 27, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Ours is an open-minded society, so open-minded that it's closed to hearing more than one point of view--because on all the difficult issues we know there's really one "right" and simple answer...and, in a similar vein, we're so racially open-minded that we're "race-conscious". Very,… Read More...

The Best City Council Money Can Buy

Jack Humphreville
Mar 17, 2014
LA WATCHODOG-No, no, no. We are not talking about the corrupting influence of campaign contributions, at least not yet. Besides, that is not news even to the most uniformed Angelenos. This year, the total cost to support the fifteen royal members of the City Council is an incredible $41 million, or… Read More...

California Politics: Poison Email Causing Concerns Within Republican Party

Katharine Russ
Mar 31, 2014
RUSS REPORT-On March 6 an “anonymous” email, made to appear as if it originated from Republican Candidate Mark Reed, was sent to several hundred members of the Republican Party in Los Angeles County (RPLAC) making it an illegal communication as defined under 18 U.S. Code §1037. The email was… Read More...

Los Angeles: We Wouldn’t Trade It for the World

Joel Kotkin
Mar 20, 2014
WHO WE ARE-Los Angeles is unique among the big, world-class American cities. Unlike New York, Boston, or Chicago, LA lacks a clearly defined core. It is instead a sprawling region made up of numerous poly-ethnic neighborhoods, few exhibiting the style and grace of a Paris arrondissement, Greenwich… Read More...

Experts Concerned about LA’s Juvenile Injustice System

Gary Cohn
Mar 31, 2014
WHO WE ARE-Antonio was only 14 years old when he was charged with two counts of attempted murder in April 2012. Because of his age and the fact that he had no prior record and because there were strong indications that he didn’t know his much older co-defendant was going to shoot anyone, he seemed… Read More...

Reality Check

Denyse Selesnick
Apr 03, 2014
NEIGHBORHOODS LA-Sometimes we get so absorbed and singularly focused on the tasks at hand that we tend to lose perspective. I was fortunate enough to get a reality check this past week and I’d like to share some of my observations with you. I stepped back into the “for profit” world (as compared to… Read More...

What’s the Antonym for Standardized Testing?

Odysseus Bostick
Mar 24, 2014
THE BOSTICK REPORT-The photo (below) that accompanies this article was taken on my cell phone. It’s a recent practice test question that my second grade daughter brought home from school. The directions were simply to find the antonym of the underlined word. Take a minute to read the question as it… Read More...

Is It Time to Jump Down the First Amendment Rabbit Hole With Clarence Thomas?

Bill Blum
Apr 03, 2014
TRUTHDIG-It’s painful to say, but given the perverse logic of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and Wednesday’s plurality ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, Justice Clarence Thomas—the uber-conservative known for invoking his right to remain silent during oral arguments—may be correct… Read More...

SoCal: Welcome to the Era of the Migrant Moguls

Joel Kotkin
Mar 24, 2014
CHANGE-Southern California, once the center of one of the world's most vibrant business communities, has seen its economic leadership become largely rudderless. Business interests have been losing power for decades, as organized labor, ethnic politicians, green activists, intrusive planners, crony… Read More...

Save Our Streets LA: Not Ready for Prime Time

Jack Humphreville
Mar 24, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-The City is projecting that the repair of one-third of our failed and near failed streets will cost $3.9 billion over the next 20 years. However, the Save Our Streets LA program does not address the Pavement Preservation Program that is necessary to maintain and repair of the two-thirds… Read More...

Why Does California Hate Marriage?

Joe Mathews
Apr 03, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-This weekend, The Accident gets hitched. The Accident is my term of endearment (really!) for my baby sister Katie, who arrived, unexpectedly, 11 ½ years after me and seven years after my brother. She is scheduled to exchange vows late Saturday afternoon in LA’s San Gabriel… Read More...

Politics: City Hall Puts DWP’s $1 Billion Rate Hike on Hold … 9½% Sales Tax More Important!

Jack Humphreville
Mar 31, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-The proposed four year, 25%, $1 billion increase in our water and power rates has been put on the back burner – at least until after the November election - as a result of the controversies swirling around our Department of Water and Power that make the optics of any rate increase very… Read More...

Dear Gov Brown: You Can’t Deny Californian’s Their Right to Safety

Shane Davis
Apr 03, 2014
VOICES-With 2,139 oil and gas wells already fracked, will California repeat the same mistakes of the past and let a largely unregulated industry invade? Will you frack to the moon and back, or will your ‘Moonbeam’ shine a new light on harmful fracking and ban it outright in California? Governor… Read More...

Broadway@4th: Yet Another Downtown Blockbuster!

Kay Martin
Mar 20, 2014
LEANING RIGHT-It is exhilarating that one exciting development after another keeps emerging regarding Los Angeles downtown hotel development. There are at least 20 new projects in the downtown Metropolitan area. South Park has emerged as Downtown's prime new hotel area in the last few years, with… Read More...

Planning, Pursuing Progress, and Public Participation ... Pretty Please?

Ken Alpern
Apr 03, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-The evening meetings and the Times (and other press) are going full-bore with respect to Planning, Transportation Taxes, and creating a new and better City of LA for the 21st century. The missing element--a general population that is either exhausted, disillusioned or defeated into… Read More...

Must Read! Changing Our Climate of Indifference!

Jill Richardson
Apr 03, 2014
PLANET WATCH-A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before. “No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the UN runs… Read More...

Why a November Road Repair Tax Can't Pass: LA's Failure to Plan

Ken Alpern
Mar 24, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Dear Mr. Mayor (or Mayor Garcetti, or Eric, or however you prefer to be addressed): Two events occurred in the past week that have confirmed my doubts that a November half-cent city ballot initiative to fix our roads and sidewalks cannot pass: my collection of signatures to run for… Read More...

Online Journalism: Fluff and Fold Should Refer to Your Laundry Not to Your Paper

James Preston Allen
Mar 24, 2014
AT LENGTH-Today we get inundated with messages–email, text, video and infomercial solicitations. A seemingly endless supply of bloggers, social media hucksters, hired public relations gurus, and political mouthpieces sending out a steady rain of unfiltered or highly filtered messages to sway you… Read More...

The ABC's of a New Transportation Tax: Accountability, Big Picture, and CredibilitY

Ken Alpern
Mar 31, 2014
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-Rightfully so, the advocates for a "Measure R-2" are evaluating new methods, ideas and paradigms to getting a 2/3 majority of voters to support a potential 2016 ballot measure that would create yet another sales tax to pay for the transportation projects and betterments that… Read More...

Berkeley High Academic Success Vs. Racial Equality: A False Dichotomy

Leonard Isenberg
Mar 27, 2014
MY TURN-A Response to Last Sunday's LA Times Article. About twelve years ago when I was still teaching at relatively high achieving Palisades Charter High School, I was invited to a well funded program at UCLA, where we were asked, "What can we do in high school to improve the achievement of Black… Read More...

We NEED To Fix Our Roads, But We Will NOT be "Useful Idiots"!

Ken Alpern
Mar 20, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-For the record, I entirely agree with LA City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller that a half-cent sales tax is the BEST way to immediately fix our most broken streets and sidewalks. Also for the record, I will gladly work with fellow… Read More...

Hollywood NC Elections Coming in Under the Radar

Ziggy Kruse
Mar 27, 2014
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL WATCH-We just started our Spring Season, the Easter Bunny-Sunday is not far away, but before we start to color our eggs and assemble our Easter baskets, we need to get out and VOTE! – Yes, the next election is around the corner and if you didn’t know about it, you are not… Read More...

Some Garcetti Appointments are Suspect

Amen Makasjian
Apr 07, 2014
VOICES-On April 8, 2014, the Los Angeles PLUM Committee will be considering the mayoral appointment of a television producer and community activist to the Central Area Planning Commission (CAPC). According to the submitted resume, the appointee’s experience and accomplishments are related to… Read More...

Politicians Want to Run for Office … Any Office

John Wildermuth
Mar 20, 2014
POLITICS-If flexibility, the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, is one of the most important virtues in our new, high-tech world, boy, are California politicians virtuous. Take Wendy Greuel. It was less than a year ago that she was running for her dream job as mayor of Los Angeles.… Read More...

McCutcheon Decision Exposes the Ineffectiveness of the Left

Leonard Isenberg
Apr 03, 2014
MY TURN-It is virtually impossible to have a vibrant progressive movement in this country and a balanced political debate of the issues when the left continues to relegate itself to merely responding to whatever conservatives do by allowing them to frame all political debate and terms of… Read More...

Time to Expel Senators Tainted by Corruption

Fred Keeley
Apr 07, 2014
CAL BUZZ-Imagine that you are an employee working in the food mart of the corner gas station. One night, you’re arrested for driving under the influence. You show up for work the next day, and your employer fires you for getting arrested. Your due process rights for the drunken driving charge are… Read More...

Cost of Playing Politics in LA Just Went Up

Rick Orlov
Apr 07, 2014
POLITICS-For lobbyists and contributors to Los Angeles city elections, the buy-in for playing the game is about to get more expensive. Where the city of Los Angeles limits once offered an out to the big donors — the most common phrase a candidate would hear is “I’ve maxed out” — the U.S. Supreme… Read More...

Exposing the Myth Behind Rick Perrys Tall Texas Tales of Job Creation

Steven Mikula
Mar 24, 2014
CALIFORNIA-It was a busy time for hard-right politicians visiting the Bay Area this week. First, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stepped into the lion’s den of Berkeley, where he flashed civil liberties cred by denouncing domestic spying before a University of California audience. He was followed by… Read More...

 

 

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