ERIC PREVEN'S NOTEBOOK - Not exactly sure what to say about how to fill the very large shoes of Mark Ridley-Thomas.
GELFAND’S WORLD - A few days ago, I shared with you my experience of being asked for proof of vaccination while buying a hamburger at a McDonalds in Frankfurt, Germany.
LA WATCHDOG - The City of Los Angeles is considering a number of large infrastructure projects that will result in significant tax increases if approved by the voters.
DEAR CITYWATCH - Why is Metro allowing unauthorized activists to redesign Colorado Blvd.
COMMENTARY - There is an obvious “disconnect” between this new crop of mayoral candidates looking to succeed the failed administration of lame duck Mayor Eric Garcetti,
PLANNING WATCH - In California every city and county must have a General Plan, and one of its mandatory elements (i.e., sections) is Housing.
CITY HALL--I don’t come from the political class. I was not groomed to become anything but an honest person.
THE VIEW FROM HERE - Few people, if any, have done more to bring about a fatally polarized America where our very existence as a Republic is at stake than Nancy Pelosi.
REDISTRICTING POLITICS - At each recent meeting the Chair of the Redistricting Commission, Fred Ali reminds the Commissioners, staff, and the stakeholders on the ZOOM meeting by computer or by phone that the deadline to get the Final Map to the Los Angeles City Council for review is October 29th, 2021.
DC POLITICS - In the last week, Senator Manchin (D-WV) has become increasingly public with his opposition to the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), a policy designed to drive down power sector carbon emissions which is part of the reconciliation bill under consideration in Congress.
MARC'S ANGle - There’s a verdict in the end. Full disclosure. I do not watch reality TV, or TV shows, in general, and basically did research to write this piece due to running into Vicki at a charity event for Fix’n Fidos, the day after a very public press sparring between her and Steve.
RACIAL RECKONINGS - Hidden in the stories surrounding the racist and homophobic emails between now former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was an interesting tidbit about ESPN Insider Adam Schefter’s communication with Gruden and Bruce Allen, the then-president of the Washington Football Team.
NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS-Residents of Los Angeles expect the City to provide firefighters, paramedics, trash collection, drivable streets, walkable sidewalks, police protection, libraries, and parks. These services depend on how the money is allocated in the City’s budget.
POT REGULATION-I’ve worked in marijuana policy reform for nearly 30 years. Throughout my career, opponents of legalization have alleged that “today’s” pot is far more potent — and therefore more dangerous — than the cannabis of prior generations.
420 FILE—As President Joe Biden takes the reins of the federal government, the transition is impacting pending rules and policies from the former Trump administration—including those concerning hemp and CBD.
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD - As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground.
HEALTH & WELLNESS - You’re a healthy person with an active life. On your list of things-to-do, (right before throwing a graduation party for your kid, getting your Masters Degree, or moving out of town for that long-awaited job promotion), is to get that back surgery your doctor has been harping on, or a breast reduction for structural reasons to relieve ongoing pain.
LGBTQ YOUTH - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) quietly removed information intended to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicide from one of its websites after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was criticized by a primary opponent for “promoting transgender sexual policies to Texas youth.”
WELLNESS - It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ~ Upton Sinclair