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The Valley Faces an Invasion of High-Rises and Density … the Will of the People be Damned

Ron Kaye
August 21, 2014
WHO WE ARE-There is no mystery about h ow the largest enclave of middle class life in the nation went from being America’s suburb to being indistinguishable from rest of gritty Los Angeles – soaring poverty, high unemployment, rotting infrastructure, clogged streets and freeways. It wasn’t an act of God or one of nature’s earthquakes that killed the American dream in the San Fernando Valley. It was the deliberate policies of a city government run amok in its assault on the middle-class, one that began with forced busing in the late 1970s to integrate the schools in what was then a largely white community.  Read More...

Why No Hillary in 2016

Robin Lakoff
Aug 21, 2014
LA PROGRESSIVE-I am now in a position to make a prediction: Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be the Democratic candidate for president in 2016. Remember: you read it here first. Why do I think that? Because I have been following the rants of the commentariat on the topic for the last couple of years, and I see where things are going.  Read More...

Transparency Alert: The Side of the Prop 49 Story the LA Times Refused to Print

Michele Sutter
Aug 21, 2014
CALIFORNIA POLITICS-Many Angelinos and Californians had not heard of Prop 49, Money Out Voters In, The Overturn Citizens United Act by the time it was thrown off the November ballot last week by the California Supreme Court.  Read More...

A Bullet Train Through the NE Valley at 200 MPH: Cause for Some Concern and … Considerable Angst

Rosemary Jenkins
Aug 21, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-We have heard about high-speed rail for decades and have often been envious of the examples that some countries (like Japan with its awesome bullet trains) have already set for the rest of the world. The State of California is finally promoting a system of its own under the auspices of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) whose bullet train will eventually extend from Sacramento in the north to San Diego in the south with a number of stops along the way. Read More...

The Shortest Route from Ferguson to Los Angeles

James Preston Allen
Aug 21, 2014
AT LENGTH-Before Michael Brown (left photo) was shot six times by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer about two weeks ago, no one ever thought much or even heard of this small community outside of St. Louis. Nor did anyone consider the mounting problems of many small Midwest towns in red states like this one, who have suffered through the great recession with job losses. The inequity between Main Street and Wall Street has hit record highs. Read More...

LACMA: The Sky’s the Limit

Greg Goldin
Aug 21, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-(Editor’s note: Last month, LACMA Director Michael Govan announced a proposal to build what he hopes will be a Frank Gehry designed skyscraper on Wilshire, across from the museum’s campus. This project would serve as a sort of exclamation point to LACMA’s plan to bridge Wilshire with a new museum designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.) It may be another decade or so before the Purple Line extension is complete, and riders emerge from the subway stop at Orange Grove and Wilshire, but the oncoming train is already changing the landscape at the west end of the Miracle Mile. If the money can be found, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will inflate a glass kidney bean off the backside of the former May Co. building and LACMA’s oil-slick-inspired $650 million-and-counting blob will ooze its way out of Hancock Park to bridge Wilshire and occupy their Spaulding parking lot. Just added to complete the troika of architectural razzle-dazzle could be the city’s tallest skyscraper, rising above the Wilshire/Orange Grove subway portal. Read More...

Israel and the United States Are Headed For a Breakup

William Pfaff
Aug 21, 2014
TRUTHDIG-Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over. In 1948 and the years that immediately followed, the alliance was the salvation of Israel and an obligation upon Western Europe. This was because of what had been done to Europe’s Jews during the war, and not only by the Nazis.  Read More...

American Science is Hurting, and We are to Blame

Bob Gelfand
Aug 21, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about attempts to engage students in science and mathematics. That's a worthwhile idea, and there are even some jobs available, largely in the private sector. What is largely absent from public discourse is the elephant in the bedroom, the declining level of funding support for real science practiced by trained scientists. I'm going to do this brief discussion without the mathematics, so fear not.  Read More...

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Memories of a Ferguson Beyond Racism: Ode to a Wonderful Algebra Teacher

Ken Alpern
Aug 21, 2014
MY OWN WORDS-When I think of the name "Ferguson", I think of one of the most awesome human beings I've ever met: my eighth-grade algebra teacher (Mr.… Read More...

Protect Santa Barbara's Coastline from Big Oil and New Drilling

Ted Danson
Aug 21, 2014
PLANET WATCH-Forty-five years ago, 100,000 barrels of crude oil fouled more than 39 miles of the California coastline from Ventura to Goleta, just… Read More...

LA Schools: Who’s In Charge of the Calendar and Why Do They Hate Us So?

Sara Roos
Aug 21, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-Starting school in the middle of summer is simply misguided. It’s not just that it implies we perhaps “don’t like our kids… Read More...

Aaron Rodgers for California Governor

Joe Mathews
Aug 21, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-You’ve been punked, California. There have been a number of false reports to the effect that California voters will watch Gov.… Read More...

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Where Were the Unions in Ferguson, Missouri?

Carl Finamore
Aug 18, 2014
WHO WE ARE-The weakness of organized labor is often attributed to its low numbers and they are low for sure. For example, AFL-CIO membership remained… READ MORE...

Lactose-free Politics

James O’Sullivan
Aug 18, 2014
THE CITY-LA infrastructure notebook: July 2014: Sunset Blvd. water main rupture floods UCLA … Sept. 2009: Coldwater Canyon water main rupture floods… READ MORE...

The Case for Boots on the Ground

Odysseus Bostick
Aug 18, 2014
THE BOSTICK REPORT-I remember walking through the streets of Austin, TX on the night of March 19, 2003. President Bush had just finished addressing… READ MORE...

The Controversial but Critical California Water Bond: What You Need to Know

Rosemary Jenkins
Aug 18, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-Each year that we ignore the reality of global warming is another year we get closer to extinction. I am not usually such a pessimist,… READ MORE...



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La Brea – Hancock Neighborhood Rallies Against Mansionization

Larchmont Buzz
Aug 21, 2014
PEOPLE POWER-The La Brea – Hancock neighborhood is seeing an onslaught of “mansionization,” and residents of the neighborhood of single-family homes have organized to prevent additional small homes being bulldozed to make way for large two-story modern structures. Yet the journey to make changes in… READ MORE...

Alert: Critical Forum on Aliso Canyon Oil Drilling

Kelly Hill
Aug 18, 2014
PORTER RANCH-Termo oil company is trying to get approval to drill 12 new oil wells in Aliso Canyon, right in the backyard of Porter Ranch and Chatsworth. In addition to many homes, there are several schools in the immediate area. We are very concerned about the potential negative effects of oil… READ MORE...

Dive Bar Owner Set to Open Restaurant

Aug 14, 2014
ECHO PARK — The folks who renovated and reopened Little Joy, the one-time Sunset Boulevard dive bar, two years ago are now in the process of opening a new bar and restaurant on Echo Park Avenue in the former home of Allumette. The Holloway, which shares the name of a former Echo Park dive bar that… READ MORE...

City Attorney Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

Edwin Folven
Jul 31, 2014
MID CITY-Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has suspended tobacco sales at 14 retailers for 30 days as part of his attempt to crack down on establishments selling tobacco products to minors. In the local area, the licenses to sell tobacco were suspended at the Beverly 76 gas station at 4700… READ MORE...

NC Looking for Parking Lots for Homeless Sleepers

Aaron Blevins
Jul 21, 2014
HOLLYWOOD-The Hollywood United Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee on Monday discussed the possibility of identifying parking lots that homeless individuals could use to sleep in their cars. Erik Sanjurjo, (photo) who chairs the committee, said the council is simply… READ MORE...

Guest Editorial: LA Should Prioritize Citywide Sidewalk Repair

Los Angeles Register
Jul 21, 2014
CITYWIDE-Contrary to what Angelenos have grown accustomed to, deep fractures and deterioration are not typical characteristics of sidewalks. Sidewalks are actually supposed to be usable and walking on them should not result in injury. Yet, the city estimates that about 40 percent of its sidewalks… READ MORE...

Drought Buster Patrols Streets of LA

Dana Bartholomew
Jul 17, 2014
CITYWIDE-A day after state water regulators voted to get tougher on water restrictions, the Los Angeles water police Wednesday were out in force — with a full-time water cop of one. But until he gets three more water enforcement deputies next month, Rick Silva has the herculean task of patrolling… READ MORE...

Life on LA’s Streets is About to Change

Asher Klein
Jul 10, 2014
NEIGHBORHOODS LA-The City Council confirmed Seleta Reynolds as general manager of LA Department of Transportation. Reynolds said she wants to make Los Angeles streets safer by making traffic slower, better organized and therefore, more predictable. “We want them to (travel) at human speed so that… READ MORE...

LA: America’s Most Hostile Work Environment?

Jack Humphreville
Aug 18, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-In January, the LA 2020 Commission’s report, A Time for Truth, pointed out that the City of Los Angeles had 10% fewer jobs than two… READ MORE...

Yes on Parking for the Metro Stations: I’m a Convert

Matthew Hetz
Aug 21, 2014
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-There are theories, and there is reality. The emerging Metro light rail system in Los Angeles, and particularly Phase II of… READ MORE...

You Have the Right to Remain Silent (WARNING: May Not Apply in California)

Ian Millhiser
Aug 21, 2014
MIRANDA SCHMANDA-Richard Tom is not a sympathetic individual. On an evening in 2007, Tom drove his Mercedes into a car carrying Loraine Wong and her… READ MORE...

Investigation into Inglewood School District Could Lead All the Way to the Top

Randall Fleming
Aug 21, 2014
INSIDE INGLEWOOD-Sacramento pols have reached across the aisle to demand an investigation of Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) that could lead… READ MORE...


Neighborhood Councils: City Commission Tries Again to Tell Us How to Behave

Bob Gelfand
Aug 18, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) is about to consider its latest version of a code of conduct for neighborhood council… READ MORE...

Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Denyse Selesnick
Aug 18, 2014
NC LAND-In its infinite wisdom, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission has floated the idea of paying people to vote. I find this idea awful on so many… READ MORE...

The People Designing Your City Don't Care What You Want

Joel Kotkin
Aug 18, 2014
CITY PLANNING POLITICS-What is a city for? It’s a crucial question, but one rarely asked by the pundits and developers who dominate the debate over… READ MORE...

Ceding Independence to IBEW’s D’Arcy

Paul Hatfield
Aug 18, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-The Los Angeles City Council’s plan to resolve its dispute over auditing the controversial non-profit trusts gives away the most… READ MORE...

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