GELFAND’S WORLD--Thanks to everyone who stuck with it, starting on that awful day after the 2016 election.
LA WATCHDOG--Would you vote to increase our sales tax by 2½% to 12%?
DOUBLESPEAK-From Los Angeles Department of City Planning Director Vince Bertoni: “As public servants who inform land use, we face a pivotal moment in time where we reflect on the social, political and economic injustices that have challenged our Black, Indigenous and communities of color for generations.”
VIEW FROM HERE--Whether we know it or not we are all plagued by a sentence in Barry Goldwater’s statement in his 1994 acceptance speech. Goldwater said:
@THE GUSS REPORT-The Los Angeles City Council missed the memo about how affiliating with grifters draws scrutiny, especially since one of its own, Mitch Englander, is a convicted felon headed to federal prison;
LEANING RIGHT--Without hesitation, I think that--at the time they were promoted--raising the sales tax for transportation made sense.
420 FILE--It wasn’t surprising to receive another notice about the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (LA DCR) canceling its next Cannabis Regulation Commission meeting, on the heels of the teleconference mess on October 8.
PERSPECTIVE--This weekend's Women's March, like those that came before, brimmed with hope, rage, resolve and fabulous signs:
HOW RACIST IS AMERICA?-Republican Sen. David Perdue willfully mispronounced the name of his Senate colleague and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Friday,
ANIMAL WATCH-Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cuts to the Los Angeles Animal Services’ budget for 2020-21 are being blamed by General Manager Brenda Barnette for the need to close the West Valley animal shelter, decrease Animal Control Officers’ hours, and reduce other vital safety services, but the costs in human and animal lives could be deadly, especially considering the city’s already high dog-attack statistics in it shelters and streets.
HOUSING POLITICS-“Today,” tweeted California Yimby staffer Louis Mirante on September 28, 2020, “the Gov signed 3 Ca YIMBY-sponsored bills. That’s more than any other housing organization successfully sponsored this year.”
GUEST WORDS-“The intellectuals cast a veil over the dictatorial character of bourgeois democracy not least by presenting democracy as the absolute opposite of fascism, not as just another natural phase of it where the bourgeois dictatorship is revealed in a more open form.”
– Bertolt Brecht
VIEW FROM HERE-After several high-stakes congressional interrogations, unflattering portrayals on film, and personnel shake-ups within his company, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg does not possess the same idealism he started with.
DECISION 2020--1990, I moved to LA to attend the American Film Institute; only 1 of 6 in the producing program’s second year and the sole Woman of Color producer.
RANTZ & RAVEZ--Are you tired of watching and listening to the constant bombardment of political TV and Radio commercials urging you to vote Yes on this and No on that for the November 3, 2020 National Election?