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  • Ron Kaye

    Misgovernment: Of the People, By the People

    WHO WE ARE-Vote early and vote often as they did in the heyday of Chicago boss-style politics. Or don’t vote at all like most of us in Los Angeles do. And if you do vote without knowing any more than they tell you in mailers and ads, whose fault is it that we got the government we got? Take my own district in the West Valley where many of us got a call the other day from Ethel Kennedy herself, sort of following up on Maria Shriver’s the day before. I’m expecting the ghost of RFK to give me a jingle by Friday and his late, great older brother to come calling on the weekend. 
  • NIMBYs vs. Devstos and Denzos in Malibu

    John Mirisch
    REVIEW: THE ROB REINER-STEVE SOBOROFF SHOW-It was the NIMBYs vs. the Devstos and Denzos on Sunday night in Malibu. A battle for the ages, defining the soul of California's most famous beachfront town. (For the acronymically challenged, NIMBY stands for "not in my backyard," while Devsto is short for "developer stooge" and Denzo for "density zombie"). 
  • The Most Expensive Midterm Ever

    Bill Boyarsky
    BUYING THE VOTE-“Friend, I don’t know where else to turn.” At first I thought it was an email from some crook claiming to be stuck penniless in a faraway airport. But the sender turned out to be Cory Gardner, a Republican trying to beat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, and he was asking for a campaign contribution. 
  • LA County Cannot Afford Sheila Kuehl

    Jack Humphreville
    LA WATCHDOG-On Tuesday, voters in the County’s Third District will determine if the Board of Supervisors will retain its “conservative approach” to balancing the budget or whether it will be controlled by the leadership of the County’s public unions who are demanding increased salaries and pension benefits for the County’s employees. 
  • The Case for Mixed-Use Development

    Rosemary Jenkins
    JUST SAYIN’-I have been a strong proponent of mixed/multi-use facilities for years. The concept is so forward-thinking, so progressive, it is a wonder it has not caught on everywhere by now! 
  • The Slogan of Our Modern Enlightenment: "Shut Up"

    Ken Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE-Well, looks like the paradigm of "progressive", "open-minded", "tolerant" government has given way to a new sort of paradigm--squelching dissent, belittling those who question, and silencing those who speak truth to power. 
  • The New Ruling Class: Silicon Valley's Chips off the Old Block

    Joel Kotkin
    POWER ON-Silicon Valley long has been hailed as an exemplar of the American culture of opportunity, openness and entrepreneurship. Increasingly, however, the tech community is morphing into a ruling class with the potential for assuming unprecedented power over both our personal and political lives. 
  • Latina Power in the Obama Administration

    Grace Flores-Hughes
    GUEST COMMENTARY-It’s amazing the number of high ranking Hispanic women appointed by the Obama Administration yet the president’s policies seems so out of tune with that of the largest ethnic group in America – the very one that helped elect him to the presidency not once but twice. Last week, I attended the Latino Leaders Luncheon series in Washington, DC where I heard Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration speak. 
  • How to do Phantom of the Opera the Right Way, Vintage Automobiles, and Other Adult Fun

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD-I became aware of the Nethercutt Museum in a chance moment of channel flipping, when I came across Huell Howser's show one evening. I'd never been to this museum until now, and I'm here to report that it's even better than you might imagine. It's definitely worth the trip to Sylmar if you are either into vintage cars or the history of cinema, or would like to see some amazing mechanical musical instruments. 

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  • Applauding Pac-12 Student-Athlete Reforms

    Alex Padilla
    VOICES-I commend the Pac-12 for demonstrating its commitment to the health and education of the thousands of student-athletes who compete for their…
  • Mayor Doesn’t Know His Water

    Louise Stone
    VOICES-From the Mayor's statement, (see CityWatch “Can We Afford the Mayor’s Water Conservation Mandate”) it is obvious he knows not the difference…
  • Pick-pocketing LA's Animal Welfare Trust

    Daniel Guss
    VOICES-LA Animal Services’ Animal Welfare Trust Fund (AWTF) was created to "enhance the quality of life" for its 4-legged residents by funding…
  • The Problem: Publishers Have to Protect Their Businesses

    Chad Brown
    VOICES- Re ‘What the Port of LA Won’t Tell You’ … You tell readers: “remember the courage of those who speak truth to power in journalism, they too…
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