DEEGAN ON LA—Facing a fate worse than a recall—redistricting—beleaguered Councilmember Nithya Raman (CD4) unexpectedly called an audible and brought onto the field a bonafide heavy hitter, someone capable of delivering a home run, to represent her at the soon-to-wrap-up redistricting hearings.
RACIAL RECKONINGS - Hidden in the stories surrounding the racist and homophobic emails between now former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was an interesting tidbit about ESPN Insider Adam Schefter’s communication with Gruden and Bruce Allen, the then-president of the Washington Football Team.
SOUTH OF THE 10 - Former County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas might not be the only political figure caught in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors.
JOBS BUT NO WORKERS - Put out of a job when COVID-19 practically shut down the hotel industry in 2020, Ruth Dominguez couldn’t wait to get back to work.
CARSON ENVIRONMENT - Carson residents are sickened by how city officials and the county have handled the repulsive smell caused by hydrogen sulfide in the Dominguez Channel.
WORK FORCE - On September 14, a young woman in Louisiana named Beth McGrath posted a selfie Facebook video of herself working at Walmart.
FEES UNAPPEALING - It’s already hard enough to push back against the LA City Council’s gentrification juggernaut, but they’re planning to make it even harder.
LABOR WATCH - Labor advocates are calling it “Striketober.”
ANIMAL WATCH - The death of the brutal and atavistic ‘sport’ of cockfighting--and other blood sports, including dog fighting—in all U.S. states and territories was signaled this week,
SPYWARE IN THE CLASSROOM - Since spring 2020, Minneapolis schools have been using an online surveillance application called Gaggle to spy on students’ online activity.
A CAL EDUCATION - Californians rightly pride themselves in leading the nation in numerous areas from stewardship of the environment, to embracing the many virtues of diversity and multiculturalism, to the media and technology magic being created in sectors sprawling from San Diego to and San Francisco.
PORTS BACKLOGGED - The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are clogged.
COURTING CHANGE - Progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups on Friday urged President Joe Biden to disregard the advice of a bipartisan panel he convened earlier this year and embrace Democratic legislation that would add four justices to the U.S. Supreme Court,
GELFAND’S WORLD - I just got back from a trip to Europe. There were several lessons to be learned, first regarding the difficulties of travel in this era of the Covid-19 epidemic.
THE DOCTOR IS IN - I have been following the career of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas from a distance ever since he was promoted to the 54th Assembly District in 2013 at the tender age of 27...
NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS-Residents of Los Angeles expect the City to provide firefighters, paramedics, trash collection, drivable streets, walkable sidewalks, police protection, libraries, and parks. These services depend on how the money is allocated in the City’s budget.
POT REGULATION-I’ve worked in marijuana policy reform for nearly 30 years. Throughout my career, opponents of legalization have alleged that “today’s” pot is far more potent — and therefore more dangerous — than the cannabis of prior generations.
420 FILE—As President Joe Biden takes the reins of the federal government, the transition is impacting pending rules and policies from the former Trump administration—including those concerning hemp and CBD.
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD - As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground.
HEALTH & WELLNESS - You’re a healthy person with an active life. On your list of things-to-do, (right before throwing a graduation party for your kid, getting your Masters Degree, or moving out of town for that long-awaited job promotion), is to get that back surgery your doctor has been harping on, or a breast reduction for structural reasons to relieve ongoing pain.
WELLNESS - It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ~ Upton Sinclair
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH - The children keep coming. Some are rushed to the emergency room of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego harboring thoughts of suicide, others because they’ve tried — again and again — to hurt themselves.