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  • LA’s Port: Economic Justice and Bleeding Terminals

    James Preston Allen
    AT LENGTH-On one of my many trips to the old San Pedro Post Office recently, I stopped off at this town’s newly renovated Plaza Park. I had good reason to stop at one of this town’s oldest green spaces that overlooks the industrial Port of Los Angeles. My mission was to talk with a few of the…
  • The Season for Mindless Consumerism … We are All Players

    Jill Richardson
    HO. HO. HO.-‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism. I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Here’s a story that illustrates what I mean. Back in college, a friend of mine…
  • It’s Gut Check Time, Time to Reject Cheneyism

    John Nichols
    TORTURE REPORT FALLOUT-The Senate Intelligence Committee had to release the details on its multi-year investigation into how, under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the Central Intelligence Agency employed tactics that the world understands as torture. To hide the findings of what the 500-plus page…
  • Beyond Marriage: Inside the Future of LGBT Advocacy

    Zack Ford
    LGBT POLITICS-For more than 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) bounced around Congress, becoming watered down with religious exemptions and never passing both the House and Senate during the same session. LGBT people throughout the U.S. can still be fired or not hired just…
  • Eric’s LA Earthquake Plan Enough to Make Renters Shake

    Doug McIntyre
    QUAKE POLITICS-If the thought of a magnitude 8 earthquake under Los Angeles has you shaking, skip this column. Clearly your nervous system won’t be able to handle the thought of how much Mayor Garcetti’s earthquake retrofit plan is going to cost. Nobody knows exactly but the early guesstimate is…
  • LA Transportation: A Matter of Common Sense

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-Much of the reason why voters (in particular, commuting and taxpaying voters) are so fascinated by transportation is that we're all affected. Political or other voices telling voters that their commute and travel times will be decreased, and their ears, eyes, and attention…
  • On the Beach: Thinking Outside of the Port's Artificial Box

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-A few weeks ago, San Pedro residents were up in arms over the fact that the Port of Los Angeles was planning to put the Cabrillo Beach Youth Center (aka the Boy Scout Camp) up for bid. After all, we've been holding onto our own little dream for the past 11 years, namely that this…
  • How the White South Became the White South Again

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    URBAN PERSPECTIVE-Lyndon B. Johnson made history in two ways with his trouncing of GOP rival Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election. The first is that he won a greater percent of the popular vote than any other presidential winner in more than a century. He scored nearly 500 electoral…
  • Theater of the Absurd: What Used to Shock is Now Dullness, What was Once Common is Now Taboo

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-The play Ubu Roi was once considered to be scandalous. Written by Alfred Jarry for the Paris of 1897, it was brought back by a talented group of student actors and actresses at Cal State Long Beach. It is best known for its title character, Ubu the king, also known as Pere Ubu (Pa…
  • Jerry Brown Says He’s Not Running for President … Too Bad!

    William Bradley
    POLITICS-As he contemplates some fights to come in his record-setting fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown finally got the final count on his re-election. Late absentees and provisional ballots boosted Brown more than a full point from his standing the morning after, to 60.0 percent.…
  • Jobs, Income, Politics: Putting Cargoland in Context

    James Preston Allen
    AT LENGTH-It was several weeks ago that KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez contacted me after reading one of my editorials about the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. I was taken by surprise by the call as we rarely receive much “big” LA media recognition around here, unless it’s about a cruise…
  • America is a House Divided: Liberty vs Equality

    Richard Lee Abrams
    BATTLE OF THE ARCHETYPES-In Jungian psychology, an archetype is a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches. This article discusses two American archetypes as applied to race. The first archetype is the concept of inalienable…
  • Listen Up Los Angeles … Our Kids Need You to Hear What’s Going On

    Sara Roos
    EDUCATION POLITICS-I don’t think there is enough careful listening in the educational world. Perhaps this is just a Brave New World of Rudeness? As in, ‘no one listens, ever’? I hear a lot of adults complaining about their kids who fail to listen: “kids these days”. But I must say, there’s an awful…
  • LA is Between a Rock and a Hard Place … Need Staff but Can’t Fix the Sidewalks and Streets

    Bernard Parks
    PARKS’ PLACE-Just a little over a week after the Ferguson grand jury voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a New York grand jury voted to not indict an officer who placed a chokehold on Eric Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. He died from his…
  • Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

    Bill Boyarsky
    TRUTHDIG-Even those denying the harm of climate change can get some things right. Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch. Both the…
  • A New Film Shot in the Oil Town of Taft Offers Some Unexpected Insights into the Golden State

    Joe Mathews
    CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-Sure, California has everything. But where would you find a murderous, Farsi-speaking, chador-wearing vampire riding her skateboard around an oil city with the slow swagger of Clint Eastwood? Kern County, of course. If a place could win an Academy Award for acting, I’d…
  • Catholic League, American Atheists Bring Christmas Feud to LA

    Hannah Miet
    LA BUSINESS JOURNAL REPORT-A years-long feud between two groups that has played out on Christmas-related billboards across the country came to Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a national organization based in New York, posted a billboard in Mid-City…
  • For Charles and the Future Mrs. Manson

    Terry K Carr
    LA OBSERVER-Can I just say thank you to you, Charles, and the future Mrs. Manson for announcing your nuptials the same day of my therapy session? The timing had everything to do with uncovering an irrational fear of mine around the concept of safety. A fear I'd never told anyone about, and…
  • Water, Water Everywhere … Only a Few Drops to Drink

    Kay Martin
    LEANING RIGHT-Last week in my CityWatch piece ‘Southern California Looks to the Heaven’s for Help’ we looked at the amount of water on the earth and the fact that 97% is saline. Now, let’s talk efforts to convert the water and recover it for man’s use. Conversion requires energy but this will be…
  • California is Ready to Deliver Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented

    Eduardo Stanley
    LATINO VOICE-On Friday, January 2, 2015, thousands of undocumented residents in California could start the process of applying for a driver’s license. This is the result of bill AB60, approved in 2013, which reflexes the spirit of California towards immigration and other social issues. The…
  • The Biggest Economic Reality in America Today is the Destruction of the Middle Class

    Tony Wilkinson
    GUEST WORDS-For the future of labor in America, says Roxana Tynan, cities should serve as the laboratory for change. As executive director of a local pro-labor group called the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Ms. Tynan put that principle to work. LAANE led a successful effort to get…
  • The Beverly Hills School Board Is Wasting Your Money Fighting the Subway

    Joel Epstein
    WHO’S PAYING FOR THE SUBWAY SABOTAGE?-Some days are better than others in the campaign to expand public transportation in Los Angeles. Which is why I was delighted to open an email yesterday from a woman I have never met. Mary Weiss, a Beverly Hills resident must have read of my ongoing effort to…
  • Watts Riots: We Must Reflect on the Lessons of the Past … That We Have … and Haven’t Learned From

    Bernard Parks
    PARKS’ PLACE-As you all know by now, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. This case has captivated the nation’s attention and has had us…
  • California Looks to the Heavens for Help

    Kay Martin
    LEANING RIGHT-We all stand around with baited breath and turn our parched faces skyward as drops of needed rain from heaven above fall on Southern California. Let’s look at how much water is out there and later look at current desalinization and recovery efforts. About 70% of the earth’s surface is…
  • LACMA's Billion Dollar Debt (and Michael Govan's Very Good Day)

    Greg Goldin
    THE ART OF ARTS POLITICS-Supervisor Ridley-Thomas: Is this Michael Govan Day in LA or what? We're trying to figure that out. Did you know what today was? … Michael Govan: That today was? … Supervisor Ridley-Thomas: Yeah, Michael Govan Day in the city, in the county of Los Angeles? Did you know…
  • ObamaCare to Obamnesty, Smashmouth Politics Won't Solve Our Problems

    Ken Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE-Maybe it's a presidential boot in the collective American heinie to work on our festering problems, and maybe it's a proclamation that the President's political demise after the last mid-term elections is greatly exaggerated, and maybe it's the first of several pardons to those who…
  • It’s OK to Tell Your Abortion Story: Some Women Just Don't Want to be Pregnant

    Jessica Valenti
    ABORTION POLITICS-I know a woman in her 30s: she’s married, she has a toddler, and she desperately wants a second child – but a dangerous medical condition means that having another baby would be life-threatening. Despite being careful, she got pregnant. She had an abortion because she wasn’t…
  • LA’s Mayor Promises Driverless Cars Within the Decade

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-At a recent conference City Lab, held in Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti talked about his vision for autonomous vehicles--having entire neighborhoods devoted to driverless machines. At a gathering of world-wide Mayors, civic leaders and educational institutions sponsored by Atlantic Magazine,…

 

 

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