PLANNING WATCH - Large cities in the US, especially Los Angeles, are now filled with squalor, with tens of thousands of people sleeping on the streets, in tents, or in cars.
LA WATCHDOG - A relatively unknown developer is proposing to develop a luxury resort in the hills of Benedict Canyon that will be operated by Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts, an affiliate of LVMH, the world’s largest company specializing in luxury goods.
EASTSIDER - Hat’s off to the Reseda Neighborhood Council for this one. Evidently, having botched the 2021 Neighborhood Council Elections, Raquel Beltran is back trying to grab another million dollars from the City budget for -- 2013 Neighborhood Council Elections!
GELFAND’S WORLD - The Los Angeles neighborhood council system consists of 99 separate councils which are created by act of the City Charter to advise the government and oversee its actions.
THE DOCTOR IS IN - Contrary to all the vitriol building up against Mike Bonin over the past several years (particularly after he was re-elected overwhelmingly 4-5 years ago), Mike Bonin was for most of his political career a champion and a friend to the Westside.
SOUTH OF THE 10 - Online fashion retailer Fashion Nova, LLC will be prohibited from suppressing customer reviews of its products and required to pay $4.2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company blocked negative reviews of its products from being posted to its website.
MARC’S ANGLE- Christie Gravitt is a 25-year veteran teacher at Artesia's ABC Unified School District.
THE SUPREMES - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the three liberal justices on the Court, is retiring at the end of the current term in June, unleashing what promises to be an epic fight over his replacement.
LA RACE - Across LA groups are getting together to interview candidates for local races.
LABOR WATCH - If you’re a Texan with a disability, and you need someone to help you fill out your ballot in a polling place (it’s gotten more complicated for you to get a mail-in ballot), your assistant must fill out a document indicating his or her relationship to you, and that person will be Restricted as to the kind of Assistance he or she can provide.
CALIFORNIA MATTERS - California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-related sick leave, under a deal announced today by the governor and legislative leaders
ENVIRONMENT WATCH - Water that is promised in a contract but can’t be delivered is called “paper water” – shorthand for water that does not exist except in legal documents.
WORLD WATCH - America’s national media typically pay little attention to the moves the nation’s state lawmakers make.
ANIMAL WATCH - A savage attack by two Pit Bulls killed the beloved tiny pet dog of a woman in Koreatown, a community just west of downtown Los Angeles, while they were on a morning walk, according to KTLA News on January 25, 2022.
BEING OF SERVICE - If you want to serve the people of California, is public office the best place for you?
ERIC PREVEN’S NOTEBOOK - Since 1892: There was speculation on Wednesday that Marqueece Harris Dawson of CD8 may have been having his goatee professionally trimmed and that Curren Price may have finally gotten the memo from Monica Rodriguez CD7 re: thick black eyeglass frames because both were quite late.
2URBANGIRLS - The Citizens Redistricting Commission for LA County did what few other “citizen redistricting” bodies have done – stay independent.
NATIONAL SECURITY - A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS - Late January marked the 49th anniversary of Roe. V. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. It could very well be the last.
MEDICAL WATCH - Patient A, “Emily”, wrote a Yelp review for a prominent infertility doctor in California.