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BUSINESS POLITICS-Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of being leery of a fast-talking huckster who visited his home: “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons,” Emerson exclaimed. 

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LIES MATTER-My entire working life has been dictated by offshoring. I’ve spent my career jumping from one factory closing to another. 

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CITY LAB REPORT--This week, senior Trump administration officials are making their way to Los Angeles as part of the president’s high-profile promise to intervene in California’s homelessness crisis.

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EASTSIDER-A recent Community meeting in Glassell Park highlighted the twin joys of being the next great gentrification target and having no oversight to control the three Council Districts (CD1, CD13, and CD 14) that get to divvy up the spoils. 

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-Family therapists know that families often ignore the elephant in the living room.

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SOUTH OF THE 10---After his office had “no comment” to a proposed 577 unit housing, with zero set aside for low-income residents, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is proposing ‘anti-displacement zones’ to keep rent prices down around certain market rate developments. One in particular being the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line.

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RANTZ & RAVEZ-Recent political moves by Governor Newsom clearly demonstrate he doesn’t give a damn about victims of crime or the law enforcement officers who enforce the laws to keep people safe in the once Golden State of California.

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PERSPECTIVE-The second Burbank Airport Noise Task Force forum was held this past Wednesday, September 11.

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CALBUZZ--Joe Biden’s tossed word-salad response in the last Democratic debate on the question of how government or society ought to respond to the legacy of slavery –

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AN AMERICAN CRISIS--During a fundraising trip to California this week, President Donald Trump hinted at his administration’s imminent crackdown on the state’s homelessness crisis.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Let me start this article that I remain an unswerving, unrepentant law-and-order kind of guy. Don't want prisoner abuse, don't want to see innocent people get prosecuted, don't want to short-change rehab programs...

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OTHER WORDS-I’ll be honest: Writing a weekly opinion column about the environment during the Trump era is depressing — and boring.

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