RESISTANCE WATCH--Less than a week after a gunman killed 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the shooting have mobilized to launch the #NeverAgain movement, and the March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24 to protest gun violence.
BCK FILE-Trump values loyalty above all else. It’s likely behind the prominence of his family in or around the Oval Office, as well as longtime associates who are ill-suited for their positions. So, when Californians didn’t vote for him in the general election, he came back swinging.
RESISTANCE WATCH--President Donald Trump, whose domestic travels have focused on deep-red areas of support and his own resorts, is gearing up for his first presidential visit to California, the front lines of the anti-Trump resistance.
RESISTANCE WATCH--This International Women’s Day comes five months after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long campaign of misogynist punishments of women first broke, and with them more things broke. Excuses broke. Silence was broken.
RESISTANCE WATCH--With more than two dozen lawsuits against the federal administration and new laws designed to thwart federal immigration actions and environmental rollbacks, California has squarely established itself as the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump.
RESISTANCE WATCH-In a meeting about school safety and guns, President Donald Trump pivoted to some favorite targets: California and immigration. He said he might remove immigration and border officers from the Golden State and predicted that the result would be “a crime mess like you’ve never seen,” CNN and other news outlets reported today.
RESISTANCE WATCH--The California Democratic Party rebuked its senior senator early Sunday by declining to make an endorsement in the state’s U.S. Senate race.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal plan was finally published in the Federal Register on Thursday, but that doesn't mean net neutrality is officially dead—in fact, as open internet defenders quickly observed in response to the news, the fight to save the web from the Republican-controlled FCC is just beginning.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Amid renewed concerns about President Donald Trump's tendency to support men accused of abuse or sexual misconduct instead of their female victims—following his controversial remarks and notably delayed condemnation of domestic violence after two staffers recently resigned in response to allegations of spousal abuse—some Democratic lawmakers are calling for congressional hearings to give a platform to the more than a dozen women who have accused the president of sexual harassment and assault.
The embattled Vermont Entertainment Village developer made a strong case Saturday at a forum hosted by U.S. Cong. Maxine Waters that South LA residents should demand that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors drop its ill-advised effort to block the private developer’s $250 million project that includes retail services the community has been demanding for years, such as sit-down restaurants, a grocery store and a pharmacy.
RESISTANCE WATCH--In the maelstrom that has been the Trump’s road to the Oval Office, yet another accused domestic abuser has been uncovered in the inner circle. President Trump’s White Staff Secretary Rob Porter tendered his resignation after the details of abuse allegations by two ex-wives and a photo of his bruised first wife were exposed in the Daily Mirror and on The Intercept site.
RESISTANCE WATCH--West coasts environmentalists and indigenous people have launched a series of protests to challenge the Trump administration's controversial proposal to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling, which would threaten communities all along the U.S. coastline.
RESISTANCE WATCH--In Washington, D.C. and more than two dozen states across the country on Monday, supporters of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival gathered to kick off 40 days of "moral action" to highlight "the human impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental devastation." (Graphic above: The Poor People's Campaign held events on Monday in more than two dozen states and Washington, D.C.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--As evidence grows that the White House will ignore objections from the FBI regarding the release of a controversial "cherry-picked" memo—currently sucking up nearly all the political oxygen in Washington, D.C.—top Democratic leaders on Thursday called for the immediate ouster of House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) while concerns mount over whether or not FBI Director Christopher Wray will resign in protest if overruled by the Trump administration.
BCK FILE--At last week’s LA Women’s March, I read one woman’s sign, thanking Trump for turning her into an activist. I’ve been politically obsessed since childhood. I have specific memories of watching the Watergate hearings and was canvassing for local and presidential candidates long before I was old enough to vote.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Shortly following a relatively tempered speech (by his standards) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, President Donald Trump veered from the script during a brief question-and-answer session, launching into a tirade against the "vicious" and "fake" press—a rant for which he was promptly booed by some attendees.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Please join the West Valley Resistance and Stand Strong LA in attending the LA City Council meeting at Van Nuys City Hall on Friday, Feb 2nd at 10 am to support our Councilman Bob Blumenfield, along with the entire City Council, who is working daily to defeat Trump's horrid agenda
RESISTANCE WATCH--The #MeToo backlash ― much predicted, fitfully rehearsed ― arrived in earnest this week, disguised as feminism. The pretext: a messily written story published on Saturday on Babe.net, about a woman’s coercive sexual encounter with comedian Aziz Ansari.
RESISTANCE WATCH--As fallout continues over the president's offensive language during a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) argued that Donald Trump's specific word choice is irrelevant—"he has a long history of racism"—and that in the year ahead the public must "organize, organize, organize" to defeat his agenda. (Photo above: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) speaking in support of DACA at Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.)
RESISTANCE WATCH-The hipster real estate blog Curbed LA recently announced that San Pedro had fulfilled its destiny by winning the 2017 Curbed Cup. According to Curbed LA, the Curbed Cup is a celebration of neighborhood pride and that this Harbor Area neighborhood “knocked out Burbank to claim the title of Neighborhood of the Year.”
RESISTANCE WATCH--The #MeToo phenomenon was one of the most important social and political moments of 2017. While the floodgates have opened, it is still too early to label these mass revelations of men’s sexual assaults on women as a social mobilization with a political plan for gender justice.
RESISTANCE WATCH--The term "burnout" is all too familiar among students and workers: a mental and emotional exhaustion where you feel like you've used up the last of your inner resources.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Billionaire Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer's "Impeach Trump" petition began as a marginal political operation that was greeted with contempt by Democratic leaders.
RESISTANCE WATCH -- Bill Moyers has threatened to retire several times. Each time, the many fans and friends have urged the legendary PBS journalist to reconsider, and each time he did. But today, at age 83, Moyers announced his farewell, and this time it is real.
RESISTANCE WATCH--In what was described as a "huge victory" for those who took part in "the first act of resistance under this administration," a federal judge on Wednesday dropped felony riot charges against the six Americans who are currently on trial for protesting President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Sexual harassment is both a labor and gender justice issue. After all, the workplace is the epicenter of women’s recent outrage about sexual harassment and assault. Hollywood titans, respected reporters, and celebrity chefs all used their power over women’s paychecks in order to gain power over their bodies.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Opponents of the Republican tax plan moving through Congress showed they were not backing down on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters chanted "Kill the bill!" and "Tax the rich, not the sick!" as they assembled outside the offices of GOP lawmakers.
BELL VIEW-In 1923, in the case of Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, the Supreme Court held the federal minimum wage unconstitutional because it infringed on “the liberty of contract,” which the Court ruled was encompassed within the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. In other words, the minimum wage interfered with workers’ ability to compete on wages.
FIRST PERSON-The new Crenshaw subway line extension and related mall and housing development projects have falsely been sold as a form of positive urban renewal.
EASTSIDER-Back in 2015, a nonprofit group from the Republic of Santa Monica called Consumer Watchdog, went after the DWP Ratepayer Advocate, Fred Pickel. Now they’re back, again demanding his termination. The question is, why?
LGBT PERSPECTIVE--Michelangelo Signorile Christopher Wylie (photo above) is the self-described gay Canadian vegan who’s come forward to explain how he, as a young and brilliant data scientist, helped create Steve Bannon’s “psychological warfare mindfuck tool” and ultimately helped bring Donald Trump to the White House.
GUEST COMMENTARY--This may sound like a movie synopsis or the plot of a novel, but it’s a true story.
VIEW FROM HERE--Political pundits these days offer differing advice for Democratic and Republican candidates: if you’re a Republican, talk about Trump; if you’re a Democrat, don’t talk about Trump.
DATELINE ENCINO--The photo above are prima facie evidence that the infrastructure in and around Encino and LA is taxed and at the breaking point. While I was taking these pictures the DWP crew was insistent that I leave the area because it was just not a water main break. The force of the water from the broken main corrupted a natural-gas line which was leaking creating an explosive situation!
D.C. DISPATCH-Vladimir Putin must be a very happy man. He has a lot to be thankful for: a new term as Russian President is secure; his image as a swashbuckling, anti-Western superhero is cemented; his success in confusing the American electorate to the point that it no longer has a baseline definition of truth; and his former spooks and enemies are tending to “retire” early.
POLITICAL DIVIDE--While the country is in the middle of realizing that we have had an illegitimate Presidential election, we are also continually battling the daily onslaught of misinformation that is being spewed by both Trump and his followers. This is a time when Democrats need to rally together to pursue fact checking and attempt to maintain some form of sanity.
CORRUPTION WATCH-The townfolk are up in arms, gathering with their self-righteousness and torches of indignation because Cambridge Analytica (C.A.) asked them questions that they answered.
RISE UP, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR-You'll be hard pressed to find a bill in the state legislature proposed by a Democrat that is a bigger threat to the stability of our community than SB 827, authored by the State Senator from San Francisco, Scott Weiner.
DEEGAN ON LA-Westlake, one of the original neighborhoods for the gentry, was spiraling downward for many years but is now facing gentrification, and that inevitability is bringing objections about how the neighborhood is scaling upward.
REPORT--With gun sales still in decline since President Donald Trump took office and with the recent Parkland school shooting prompting more debates on the gun industry, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.