GELFAND’S WORLD - They're back. We haven't even finished counting the votes from the last election, but the signature gatherers are back at the front door of Vons.
GELFAND’S WORLD - Here's the two-sentence summary: We can win real reform by doing it ourselves. Don't expect any help from the City Council or the Mayor.
GELFAND’S WORLD - The voters of Los Angeles are demonstrably fed up. The proof is the slow motion bloodbath in recent elections when it comes to incumbents.
GELFAND’S WORLD - There is a lot to say, because a lot has happened.
GELFAND’S WORLD - That red wave or, as I preferred to call it, the red tide, failed to appear on Election night.
GELFAND’S WORLD - There is very little left to say about this election. Caruso has run another umpteen million dollars worth of television ads.
GELFAND’S WORLD - For the first time in maybe forever, Los Angeles will resemble a European parliamentary democracy for a few weeks.
GELFAND’S WORLD - While we've been squabbling over who is to blame for inflation and gas prices, the Ukraine War has mostly been ignored on the nightly news and in American politics. This is a mistake.
GELFAND’S WORLD - The phone rang in the late afternoon. It was another campaign call for a local City Council candidate. This was the third or the fourth, but the caller was willing to listen to me, and out of our conversation came one realization.
GELFAND’S WORLD - So these are the people who want me to take mandatory training about my implicit bias.
GELFAND’S WORLD - What's the over-under for Kevin de Leon's resignation? One colleague of mine has it down for Friday.
GELFAND’S WORLD - Proposition 29 has little going for it other than it has the support of the California Democratic Party and of the union that paid signature gatherers to get it put on your ballot.
GELFAND’S WORLD - Television advertising on ballot initiatives has one strange characteristic. The ads never tell you exactly what it is that the initiative does.
GELFAND’S WORLD - A hard piece to write, because it ultimately comes down to excitement over a wonderful production with only two performances remaining.
GELFAND’S WORLD - My television set is full of ads supporting or opposing the dueling gambling initiatives on the ballot, known as Propositions 26 and 27.
GELFAND’S WORLD - As I mentioned in a previous column, we will be having the annual neighborhood council congress this Saturday, September 24.
GELFAND’S WORLD - Each year there is a citywide event for all neighborhood council participants and for members of the public who have an interest in our many topics.
GELFAND’S WORLD - The news media have been floating the question as to whether prosecuting Donald Trump would be too divisive.
GELFAND’S WORLD - It's been a long time coming. The longest reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom has died at 96.
GELFAND’S WORLD - My opening story is from southern Kentucky and is from a couple of years ago.
GELFAND’S WORLD - Get The Picture? It's the defining moment of the Trump era.