AT LENGTH-Nothing gets done these days unless you have a study or a report.
ONE BILLION RISING--I hear a woman screaming in the night. Do you?
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA--The American military may be the finest fighting force in the history of the world. But how long can it defend Camp Pendleton?
HOUSING POLITICS-Zoning used to be a total snooze. Arguments about building heights and density were the eye-glazing preserve of planning wonks and people whose next-door neighbors were contemplating two-story additions. In 2018, zoning got sexy.
ALPERN AT LARGE--We're really in a fix, aren't we?
DEEGAN ON LA-Neighborhood watch committees, homeowner associations, neighborhood councils and other groups that closely monitor what’s happening in their communities could soon be adding “safe injection sites” to their concerns – concerns that already include what some see as predatory developers, the specter of “bridge housing” for the homeless, the clash between preservation and “transit oriented density,” and electric scooters as community disruptors.
GELFAND’S WORLD--The 2018 neighborhood council congress has come and gone, an event in which we were treated to views that were outrageous, insightful, carefully thought out, and sometimes all of the above.
LEANING RIGHT--Proponents of Proposition 10 are trying to convince voters that the effort to repeal the Costa Hawkins Housing Act would simply give local officials in Los Angeles County and other communities another tool to deal with California’s housing crisis.
GUEST COMMENTARY--Fascinating as a David and Goliath struggle in itself - the multi-year effort to restore the South-Central Farm at 41st/Alameda in South Central Los Angeles also highlights significant development issues that could apply to all of LA.
FIRST PERSON-Corporations and their foundations have arrived at a point in this country where they have final say over virtually all the content of commercial and non-commercial media.
GUEST COMMENTARY-At the Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, September 22, 2018, there was a cannabis session at which most of the focus was on what the rules are for retailers. Plenty of questions were asked.
CORRUPTION WATCH-No one likes to admit to being mentally deficient. But denial is not the best response to a gross inadequacy. Nonetheless, it may be the most common response.