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BookWatch: Gays in the Military

Liesl Bradner
Jul 07, 2014
“Gays in the Military” A book by Vincent Cianni-In 1993 President Bill Clinton introduced the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a compromise in response to Ronald Reagan’s 1982 Defense Department directive in which Reagan declared, “homosexuality is incompatible with military service.”… Read More...

Soulvine Unchained … the Column the WAVE Newspapers Didn’t Want You to See

Betty Pleasant
Jul 24, 2014
MEAN MAILERS --- As the Aug. 12 runoff election for the 1st District LAUSD school board seat draws near, potential voters are being inundated with campaign mailers, the overwhelming majority of which are sent by the Alex Johnson campaign and all of which malign education icon George McKenna (photo)… Read More...

The GOP Lust for Latinos Picks Up Steam

Tony Castro
Jul 21, 2014
POLITICS-Ronald Reagan once said that Latinos were Republicans. They just didn’t know it yet. Never before has the GOP hoped those words were truer than in the upcoming fall elections leading into the 2016 American electoral marathon better known as the presidential campaign. It is not new that… Read More...

Why Did California’s Handheld Phone Ban Fail?

John Upton
Jul 24, 2014
MAKING POINTS-This month marks the six-year anniversary of California’s ban on the use of handheld cell phones by motorists—a regulation that has now spread to 13 states. So, happy birthday, ban. Your present is a fresh scientific debate over the validity of your very existence. The body of… Read More...

One Court Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer
Jun 26, 2014
COPS CAN’T TOUCH YOUR CELL PHONE DATA-Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age. It is also a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty… Read More...

Immigration Reform: Murrieta and Its Discontents

Jacobo Rothner
Jul 17, 2014
HUMAN RIGHTS-After a long hiatus from the spotlight, the immigration debate has flared up once more. Following an incendiary incident in which anti-immigration protesters in Murrieta, California turned away buses of immigrants heading into a detention center, the issue is now receiving a… Read More...

Father's Day Lesson: Too Many ‘Bad Boys’ … Not Enough ‘Good Men’

Ken Alpern
Jun 16, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-This has been one of my happiest Father's Days. On vacation with my family, and spending quality time exploring the caves, mountains, deserts, sand dunes, national parks and other wonders (both man-made and natural) in Utah and Colorado, I couldn't be happier. Yet Father's Day has a… Read More...

America: Down But Not Out

Joel Kotkin
Jul 21, 2014
WHO WE ARE-America, seen either from here or from abroad, doesn’t look so good these days. The country that maintained world peace for decades now “leads by behind,” or not at all. You don’t have to have nostalgia for George W. Bush’s foreign policy to wish for someone in the White House who at… Read More...

The Assassination of George McKenna

Betty Pleasant
Jul 21, 2014
VOICES-THIS IS IT! --- For the past seven months, the people of Los Angeles County have been engaged in a great war against the politicians we elected to represent us. For the most part, our battles have been pity-pat encounters to make our local politicians respond to our needs --- rather than to… Read More...

Could the Bloody 20th Century Have Been Prevented?

Bob Gelfand
Jun 26, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-Saturday (June 28, 2014) will be the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. That single act led to a series of diplomatic failures that led to the worst catastrophe to hit mankind in its then history. The outcome of what we now call World War… Read More...

The Real Cure for Income Inequality

Joel Kotkin
Jul 17, 2014
ECONOMY-Ever since the publication this spring of Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the 21st Century,” conservatives and much of the business press, such as the Financial Times, have been on a jihad to discredit the author and his findings about increased income inequality in Western societies.… Read More...

When Perception Eclipses Reality: Water Bonds, the High-Speed Rail and LAX Connect

Ken Alpern
Jun 26, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Time is money, and we appear to be running out of both. It's not the first time that I've (or anyone else has) mentioned this, but it bears repeating. Unfortunately, the paradigms of "build it already!" versus "money doesn't grow on trees!" keep colliding because they're both true.… Read More...

‘Archie’ Will Die Saving Gay Friend In Comic Book

Derrik J. Lang
Jul 14, 2014
MEDIA-Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Andrews'… Read More...

Eyewitness to a Two-Hour Execution: Joseph Wood's Final 117 Gasping Minutes

Mauricio Marin
Jul 24, 2014
JUSTICE-You want to be prepared to watch a man who has been prepared to die. Wednesday afternoon was scheduled to be the state of Arizona's first time using this particular combination of lethal-injection drugs. But this was also my first time witnessing a state execution, so I made sure the state… Read More...

How California is Prepping Undocumented Immigrants for Driving Tests

Valerie Hamilton
Jun 19, 2014
IMMIGRATION-Juan Carlos López still has a picture of his family's first car: a 1974, Dodge Duster. They purchased it when they got to Los Angeles from Mexico in the 1990s, he says. Lopez was 15 at the time and helped his dad buy the Duster with money from his after-school job. But this story… Read More...

Commentary: Vergara Decision on Tenure — and Our Union

Ron Taw
Jun 23, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-I came to education out of the business world. Before entering the classroom, I was making my way up the corporate ladder at a Fortune 500 company. But then, over 15 years ago, I realized that I wanted a job where “success and advancement” would mean changing more lives, not just… Read More...

Los Angeles: The Wage Theft Capitol of the U.S.

Jordan Melograna
Jun 26, 2014
ACTION REPORT-At Brave New Films, much of our work focuses on the ways powerful people profit from exploiting non-powerful people. Whether it's private prison companies profiting from locking up poor people for non-violent offenses, or the world's billionaires buying governmental policies that… Read More...

Putin the Sociopath

Paul Hatfield
Jul 21, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-It was not unusual for the most powerful or influential Russian czars to have a moniker: Catherine the Great, Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible, to name a few. Following in this tradition, Russia now has Putin the Sociopath.  Read More...

Confronting the Middle East: Every Nation Including the U.S. Must Make a Choice

Ken Alpern
Jul 21, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-War is brewing. Conflict is brewing. Bloodshed is not only inevitable, but it is occurring right now. Yet while some will blame the warring sides in the Middle East, and others will blame the United States for its past interventions (or lack of interventions), it must be remembered… Read More...

Insidious Myth Prevents Peace in Gaza

Erin Niemela
Jul 24, 2014
MYTH BUSTER-Media frame violent conflict to reinforce certain biases and myths, emphasizing some facts and omitting others to produce compelling, narratives. Good guys and bad guys are crafted and re-crafted in media discourse, and this is especially the case with the protracted Israel-Palestine… Read More...

The Nightmare in Gaza: They Choose, We Choose

Ken Alpern
Jul 24, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Inasmuch as we want to turn our backs on the nightmares of the world, the world is getting smaller and our local economies are increasingly being impacted by global events. A downing of a civilian airliner here, a new warring conflict there, children being used as human shields to… Read More...

Hobby Lobby Decision: Human Rights vs. Social Benefits

Bob Gelfand
Jul 21, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-Most of the people on my side of the fence think the Hobby Lobby decision was wrong, and possibly a disaster. There is no need to go into the legal details, as lots of other people have made the arguments quite adequately. Simply put, the decision ranks one human right, freedom of… Read More...

Palestinians, Israelis Are Failed by Their Leaders

Bill Boyarsky
Jul 17, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone who wants to get rid of you. That is why Hamas militants and Israel’s right-wing-dominated government are each on such a destructive path. Hamas, the aggressive rival to the more negotiation-minded Palestinian government headed by… Read More...

Sterling, the Clippers and $2B of Monopoly Money

Matthew Stevenson
Jul 07, 2014
SPORTS POLITICS-Is there a more crooked roulette wheel than the one that spins around in the circles of professional sports? I ask in the context of the punishment meted out to Donald Sterling, the in-limbo owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, who, for his commentaries about race in America, was… Read More...

Why Bully Boy Perez Should Give It Up to Betty Yee

Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Jul 17, 2014
CALBUZZ-Former Assembly Speaker John Perez is a bully. He was a bully as Speaker and he’s a bully now, wielding his financial advantage over State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee to use California’s screwed-up election law to cherry pick precincts in hopes of overcoming the 481 votes by… Read More...

Death Penalty Agnostics

Bob Gelfand
Jul 17, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-The latest federal court ruling declaring California's death penalty illegal puts a spotlight on all the conflicting arguments over whether to have capital punishment at all. The July 16, 2014 decision finds that keeping prisoners in suspense as to whether or not they will ever be… Read More...

There’s No Talking to Some People

Bob Gelfand
Jul 07, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-There's no talking to some people, and now we have an explanation. Actually, we've had the explanation since 1999 but it's taken a while to circulate. In popular jargon, it's known as the Dunning--Kruger effect, named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger. They found that students… Read More...

California Needs a New Vision of Its Apocalypse

Joe Mathews
Jul 17, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-What explains the success of California? Fear of the apocalypse. Fear of a publishing apocalypse, to be precise. Most of us never would have heard about Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, about a post-apocalyptic Golden State, except for a battle between Amazon and book… Read More...

People to Politicians: Address the Needy

Sara Roos
Jul 14, 2014
MAKING POINTS-As a child I wondered of my elders ‘where were you’ during WWII? Why had you not “done something”? And found always the vague responses unsatisfying, referencing uncertainty as to what (often as a child) could have been done and even uncertainty (unconvincingly) regarding what had… Read More...

Holding Stonewalling Union Bo$$ d’Arcy Accountable for Wasting Millions

Jack Humphreville
Jul 10, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-On Wednesday, Controller Ron Galperin indicated that he will not authorize the “improper” payment of almost $4 million to the Joint Safety and Joint Training Institutes because these two nonprofits have refused to disclose how they spent in excess of $40 million of Ratepayer money over… Read More...

Biting, Kicking, Slapping, Knockouts … No, Not Cage Fighting, We’re Talkin’ Soccer Here

Bob Gelfand
Jul 14, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-Sunday's World Cup final reminded me of the time I witnessed an opposition player get knocked cold 4 times in the first half of a game. He kept getting up, a little staggered, and going back into the game. This all happened at a rugby match against Amherst College back in a… Read More...

The Case for Acid Bath Politics

Odysseus Bostick
Jul 07, 2014
THE BOSTICK REPORT-Compromise is not a dirty word. It’s a vital lubricant of progress. Too often, the partisan rhetoric of politics obscures the pathway towards compromise and in many ways that’s because voters view issues of policy and debate from an adversarial position. I wholeheartedly believe… Read More...

Our Prison System: Murder. Bedlam. Rehab.

Rosemary Jenkins
Jul 10, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-America has 5% of the world’s population but 20% of the prisoners (1 in 20 Americans). What’s wrong with this picture?! These statistics don’t reflect the national perception that by Constitutional mandate we are forbidden to inflict cruel and unusual punishment. Far too many of our… Read More...

To Forgive is Divine … But Infectious Disease Never Forgives

Kenneth S. Alpern, M.D.
Jul 10, 2014
HEALTH AND POLITICS-Human beings are both compassionate and rational creatures, and to deny either compassion or reason is to therefore deny our own humanity. Ditto for our inherent need to recognize our own capability for err, to forgive ourselves and others for erring, and to demand we all learn… Read More...

For LA: Life and Death

Rosemary Jenkins
Jul 07, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5) took the lead again when he appeared on City Hall steps about ten days ago to announce the necessity for LA “to set a new ‘life and death’ goal for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, warning of dire consequence if government and business leaders drag… Read More...

 

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