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  • Bombing Syria: For Peace and … Profit

    Jon Queally
    VIEW FROM THE FRONT-To The Independent's Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, there is only one clear winner in the new war that has now engulfed Syria and Iraq: the world's top weapons manufacturers. As latest U.S. airstrikes hit targets inside Syria on Sunday, Fisk wrote, "Share prices…
  • Did Carson Councilmember Gipson Get Special Help from BoE Chair Horton When the Taxman Called?

    Randall Fleming
    INSIDE INGLEWOOD-In April, Carson Councilmember Mike Gipson (photo) faced a significant lien on his Carson house. At a time when others were juggling finances to pay their 2013 tax bill, Carson and his wife Lecresha were able to stay a lien of $36,000 (plus interest, fees and penalties) that had…
  • Bobby Shriver - Chamber Made

    Peter Dreier
    THE CAMPAIGN-Because Richard Nixon earned the reputation as "Tricky Dick" and was later associated with the Watergate scandal, many Americans mistakenly believe that Republicans have a monopoly on dirty tricks. They don't. Consider the latest flyer put out by Bobby Shriver, who is running for the…
  • Did Armageddon Arrive and I Missed the Announcement?

    Denyse Selesnick
    NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-Talk about depressing…you know it’s bad when you have to watch Blacklist in order to get a laugh. Between the Ebola situation, ISIS, Putin’s attempted revival of the Cold War; Stock Market gyrations; LA Schools without textbooks and kids waiting for classes two months into the…
  • Candidate Kuehl: Did She Really Mean What She Said?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Covering the campaign to replace LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky should have been near the top of my agenda. Alas, my schedule has kept me away from home for several weeks during which time the candidates have ratcheted up the intensity. The last thoughts I shared about Sheila…
  • Beware: The Most Powerful Man in America Not Who You Think

    Clinton Galloway
    CORRUPTION WATCH-The majority of people reading this will not know the name Brian Roberts. Roberts is the president and controlling shareholder of Comcast, the largest cable television company in America. He is in the middle of one of the largest power plays ever made in the history of America, yet…
  • Cars, Canards and Low Standards in our Transportation Battles

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-The good news: the first of 78 light rail cars (Kinkisharyo P3010-photo)) for use on our ever-expanding Metro Rail system was unveiled this week in Palmdale. The bad news: automobile car drivers face continued discrimination by ridiculous apps such as MonkeyParking, which…
  • The Most Racist Statement of All: Latinos Are Incapable of Following the Law

    Ken Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE-There are all sorts of racism that are tearing apart this city, county, state and nation--and it's just as untrue as it is unfair to proclaim that only part of the nation is racist. Racism is an equal-opportunity thing nowadays--there is plenty of it to go around--so if Angelenos in…
  • Los Angeles: Cash For Voting … a Perfectly Awful Idea

    George F Will
    GUEST EDITORIAL-The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing…
  • Shocker: Steve Bradford Withdraws from 35th District State Race … Wait ‘Til You Hear Why

    Betty Pleasant
    SOULVINE UNCHAINED-Woe be unto us! In a year loaded with political shocks, comes now Assemblyman Steve Bradford to give us another one: He announced last weekend that he has withdrawn from the race for state senator of the 35th District, for which Gov. Jerry Brown has set a Dec. 9 primary election…
  • Insider Report: I Was a Psychologist at an Ebola Treatment Center in Liberia

    Theresa Jones as told to Helen Nianias
    HEALTH WATCH-Dr Theresa Jones, 26, a clinical psychologist from Bristol, has just spent a month working in Medecins Sans Frontieres’s Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. She was already living in Liberia when the Ebola outbreak began. While working for MSF she managed a psychosocial team…
  • When Paul Became Muhammad

    Larry Elder
    ELDER TALK-When I was growing up in South-Central Los Angeles, "Paul" was one of my closest friends. In grade school and junior high, he and I spent countless hours together. He helped me become a slightly better athlete, and I helped him with math and biology. But when I returned home from…
  • 9 Super Significant and Indisputable Reasons Why LAUSD’s John Deasy Must be Fired

    Sara Roos
    EDUCATION POLITICS-Finally the LA Times is conceding at long last that John Deasy is Not Really Very Good For Children after all. This past weekend there was an editorial by their primary Education apologist for the superintendent observing how utterly bizarre it is for an employee to sue his…
  • Ethics 101: Advertising on Illegal Billboards

    Dennis Hathaway
    BILLBOARD WATCH-When an advertisement touts a company’s ethical values, it’s always wise to remember that you are being sold something. This thought was brought to mind by a billboard (photo) featuring the latest campaign by American Apparel, the company that provided recent media fodder with a…
  • Californians Gotta Love Chevron

    Joe Mathews
    Connecting California- Dear Chevron … I will not compare thee to a summer’s day. I cannot say you smell like a rose. But make no mistake: I love you. You are unaccustomed, I know, to getting letters like this. Love is usually reserved for younger, sexier companies–Google, Apple, or Twitter–across…
  • California: Bad to Its Bones

    Joel Kotkin
    WHAT WE’RE MADE OF-Any serious student of California knows that the state’s emergence in the past century reflected a triumph of engineering. From the water systems, the dredged harbors, the power stations and the freeway system, California overcame geographical limits of water, power and its…
  • What Happened to Jerry Brown … the Reformer We Once Knew?

    Robert Stern
    POLITICS-“Write the best campaign, lobbying and conflicts of interest reform legislation that you can.” That was the instruction that Secretary of State Jerry Brown gave me when he hired me as his office’s Elections Counsel in 1972. He indicated that he didn’t think the legislature would pass any…
  • Nix to Pix Museum Says MMRA

    James O'Sullivan
    MIRACLE MILE-The Academy Museum Draft Environmental Impact Report [DEIR] is the final chapter in a sad tale of incompetence and betrayal. Ultimately, it is a perfect example of the golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. We got our first look at the Academy Museum project in May 2013. It…
  • High Tech Edge Tilts to Los Angeles

    Billie Greer
    BUSINESS-The Silicon Valley is considered the high tech ‘‘capitol” of California, but it looks like Los Angeles is holding its own as a serious contender. For years the Silicon Valley has been attracting some of the smartest whiz kids on the planet, who work for large, innovative companies chaired…
  • A Strategy of Defeat

    Michael Connelly
    LEANING RIGHT-As an officer in the Military Intelligence branch of the Army, I was trained to find out everything I could about the enemies of our country including their location, capabilities, probable tactics, and their strengths and weaknesses. This information was then provided to commanders…
  • The Non-Surfing Lessons of Fifty Years of Endless Summer

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-Sometime around 1964, a man who was obviously an unknown in the film world finished up a documentary about a couple of guys who travel the world in search of the perfect wave. Not just the perfect wave, but pretty much any and every wave that was rideable and not full of sharks. The…
  • How Safe are Your Kids!: Ignoring the Killer Dangers of Artificial Turf … for Politics and Profit

    Rosemary Jenkins
    JUST SAYIN’-The alarm must be sounded! The problems with the installation and use of artificial turf must neither be discounted nor minimized. The apprehensions are not exaggerated and have not been blown out of proportion. This increasingly momentous issue should be of concern to each and every…
  • How Sick is This Generation's Pills for Profit Philosophy?

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-Here are two seemingly unrelated stories that nevertheless intersect. The first involves a scientific lecture I heard the other day. Without going into details, the story involves the discovery of a naturally occurring small protein that treats some of the symptoms of diabetes when…
  • Question of the Coming Decades: How Will Whites React to Becoming Minorities

    Gregory Rodriguez
    IMPERFECT UNION-It’s not surprising that the release of Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson’s racially provocative e-mail about his team’s fan base didn’t inspire the same level of public outrage as the secretly recorded rantings of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The Levenson story lacked…
  • Why I Can’t Watch Homeland Anymore … and the Glorification of the CIA

    Randy Shaw
    OBSERVING MEDIA-The fourth season of Claire Danes’ hit show Homeland premiered Sunday night, but I wasn’t watching. Its glorification of the CIA has crossed a line, and I can no longer view the show as pure entertainment. 
  • Mar Vista Fall Festival … Getting Away from the Sprawl

    Sara Roos
    MUSE WITH ROOS-Who says a megalopolis like Los Angeles shouldn’t enjoy a Village Green with parade and watermelon-eating contest? Not that these specific events are on the green this weekend in Mar Vista at its annual Fall Festival. But others equally entertaining are, and why not? After all, the…
  • Why Canada Is Under Attack by Terrorists

    John A. Tures
    PERSPECTIVE-Most people probably reacted in shock to learn that Canada has now been hit twice by terror attacks against soldiers in three days. Many Americans probably think of it as our sleepy socialist neighbor to the north. But Canada is a key ally in the war against terrorism in general, and…
  • The ‘Rocket Docket’: Child Refugees Are Pleading for Asylum in Downtown LA

    Leighton Woodhouse
    INSIDE THE COURTROOM WITH THE BORDER KIDS-Courtroom X, on the 17th floor of a nondescript office building in downtown Los Angeles, is a cramped and bland-looking space about the size of a classroom. It seems like an appropriate place to adjudicate traffic citations. Instead, it’s a place where…
  • Motion Picture Academy Wants to Festoon Historic Building with Advertising Signs

    Dennis Hathaway
    SAVING LA’S PAST-The Los Angeles Conservancy calls the former May Co. department store at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. the city’s “grandest remaining example” of Streamline Moderne architecture. But plans are now afoot to adorn the iconic building with thousands of square feet of…
  • Paying for Cheap Chocolate

    Emily Schwartz Greco
    HALLOWEEN WORDS-One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours. We’d run out of candy when a stream of teens showed up…
  • Thank You Raven … It’s About Time Someone Spoke the Truth

    Rosemary Jenkins
    JUST SAYIN’-Good for Raven (Symoné Christina Pearman)! It is about time someone spoke the truth. Labels? What are they anyway? For what real purpose? Are they no more than convenient, artificial misnomers created by lazy Americans to perpetuate differences? Raven states unequivocally that she won’t…
  • Beware: The Clean Coal Myth

    Rosemary Jenkins
    JUST SAYIN’-Fracking. The Keystone Pipeline. Wind and Solar. Energy-efficiency. Natural gas. Oil Power. And now Clean Coal. All these issues are being thrown at us—right and left. It is mind-boggling. What we are now hearing more and more about media is the oil industry’s promotion of clean coal.…
  • PTWs Have Proven Ability to Relieve Traffic and Parking Congestion

    Robert B Lamishaw
    TRAFFIC AND PARKING SOLUTIONS … PART 2 OF A TWO-PART SERIES-Last week I suggested that if LA incorporated PTW (Powered two wheel vehicles: motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters) into our transportation planning there would be a very positive impact on the environment and a reduction in overall…
  • Say WHAT? There WERE Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq?

    Ken Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE-Well, shut the front door! Bush did NOT lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's)? So there was a huge cache of chemical weapons were sitting in the Iraqi desert in enormous amounts, and actually making Americ an GI's ill? And those who handled the chemical weapons were told to…
  • Confession: I Gave Up Football for Beethoven and I’m Glad I Did

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-Jacaranda is a chamber music organization that bills itself as "music at the edge," and performs mainly at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. I must confess that I don't know a lot about chamber music playing, much less the intense craft of string playing that is so much…
  • A Beachfront Jewel … Kept from the Public for 30 Years

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-Cabrillo Beach is a rare wonder for the people of Southern California. The area contains the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the recently refurbished bathhouse, along with beaches on the ocean side and on the harbor side of the Los Angeles breakwater. 
  • IBEW Never Loses a Chance to Lose … More Jobs, Business Lost to SoCal

    Ken Alpern
    RAIL CAR COMPANY HEADS FOR FRIENDLIER NEIGHBORHOOD-Sounds like the perfect job/manufacturing plan for Southern California, right? We're starting a host of decades-overdue rail projects, most of them light rail, and having global rail car leader Kinkisharyo build just under $1 billion of light rail…
  • Controller Galperin: Raising the Transparency Bar

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Ron Galperin has added more value to the City Controller’s office than all of his predecessors combined (the last occupant actually decremented the office’s role). It is not just opening up the books of the city to the average resident and standing up to the thug running the DWP’s IBEW…

 

 

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