Beth Cone Kramer

Beth Cone Kramer is a Los Angeles-based writer and CityWatch contributor.

Bob Gelfand

Bob Gelfand writes on cultural issues for CityWatch. He can be reached at amrep535@sbcglobal.net.

Brady Westwater

Brady Westwater is a writer and a long-time contributor to CityWatch. He is president of Westwater Films and Media.



Carl Petersen

Carl Petersen posts at Change the LAUSD and was candidate for the LA School Board. He is an occasional contributor to CityWatch.

Charles Tarlow

Our “Average Joe” is Charles Tarlow, a mid-city resident and community activist. Tarlow writes Voice in the Cheap Seats for CityWatch. He can be reached at:  stillchugn@yahoo.com.

Christian Cristiano

Christian Cristiano covers Wellness for CityWatch. He received his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and his B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing.  He is a licensed acupuncturist and wellness expert who personally works with patients to help them achieve their healing objectives.  acupuncturebychristian@gmail.com

Clinton Galloway

Clinton Galloway is the author of “Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central LA”.  Galloway contributes to CityWatch and can be at clinto@msn.com.

Damien Goodmon

Damien Goodmon is the Executive Director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Coordinator of the Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line, a resident in the Crenshaw District’s Leimert Park community and an occasional contributor to CityWatch.

Dennis Zine

Dennis P.  Zine is a 33-year member of the Los Angeles Police Department and former Vice-Chairman of the elected Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission, a 12-year member of the Los Angeles City Council and current LAPD Reserve Officer. He writes Just the Facts for CityWatch. You can contact him at Zman8910@aol.com

Denyse Selesnick

Denyse Selesnick is a CityWatch columnist. She is a former publisher/journalist/international event organizer. Denyse can be reached at: Denyse@CityWatchLA.com

Diana Chapman

Diana Chapman has been a writer/journalist for nearly thirty years. She has written for magazines, newspapers and the best-seller series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” You can reach her at: hartchap@cox.net or her website: theunderdogforkids.blogspot.com.

Dick Platkin

Dick Platkin is a former LA city planner who writes articles on planning issues for CityWatch. He welcomes questions and comments at rhplatkin@gmail.com.

Doug Epperhart

Doug Epperhart is a publisher and a contributor to CityWatch. He can be reached at: Epperhart@cox.net.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is President of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and an occasional contributor to CityWatch.

Ellen Lubic

Ellen Lubic, Director of Joining Forces for Education, is a Public Policy educator/writer.

Fred Mariscal

Fred Mariscal is a Communications & Government Affairs Consultant, and a graduate of the University of Southern California.  He is Vice Chair of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, and sits on the board of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. He can reached at famariscal@gmail.com

Greg Nelson

Greg Nelson participated in the birth and development of the LA Neighborhood Council system and served as the General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. He also served as Chief of Staff for former City Councilman Joel Wachs. Nelson now provides news and issues analysis to CityWatch. He can be reached at: gregn213@cox.net.

Jack Humphreville

Jack Humphreville writes LA Watchdog for CityWatch. He is the president of the DWP Advocacy Committee and the Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Humphreville is the publisher of the Recycler -- www.recycler.com. He can be reached at: lajack@gmail.com.

James Preston Allen

James Preston Allen is the Publisher of Random Lengths News … the Los Angeles Harbor Area's only independent newspaper … and a contributor to CityWatch. He is also a guest columnist for the California Courts Monitor and is the author of "Silence Is Not Democracy- Don't listen to that man with the white cap--he might say something that you agree with!" He was elected to the presidency of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council in 2014 and has been engaged in the civic affairs of CD 15 for more than 35 years. More of Allen … and other views and news at: randomlengthsnews.com.   

Janet Denise Kelly

Janet Denise Kelly offers more than a decade of accomplishments in the housing and the large and small non-profit sectors. Janet brings valuable insight in the areas of community and economic development. She blogs at jdkellyenterprises.org.

Jay Bradley

Jay Bradley inspires thousands to take charge of their lives to become happy and healthy.  He is certified as a wellness coach CWC, hypnotist CH, and Reiki Master RM. He is an expert fitness trainer, experienced in healthy eating, nutrition, and skin care.  His new book LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better takes a full body, mind and spirit approach to finding balance, joy and perfect health.

Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell is a an actress and an active member of SAG-AFTRA, serving on several committees. She is a published author of short stories and news articles and is a featured contributor to CityWatch. Find Jennifer on IMDb at www.imdb.me/jenniferhcaldwell, Email her at recessioncafe@yahoo.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/actorjenniferhcaldwell, Twitter: www.twitter.com/checkingthegate and her website at Jenniferhcaldwell.com

Joe Matthews

Joe Matthews is Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of “California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It.” (UC Press, 2010).

John MacMurray

John MacMurray is a retired La Habra teacher and former Democratic candidate for State Assembly. He is an occasional contributor to CityWatch.

John Mirisch

John Mirisch, Vice Mayor of the City of Beverly Hills, has served on the Beverly Hills City Council since 2009.  As Mayor he created the Sunshine Task Force to create best practices in local government transparency, ethics and public participation.

Julie Butcher

Julie Butcher was a lifetime union activist and is an occasional CityWatch contributor.

Katharine Russ

Katharine Russ is an investigative reporter. She contributes to CityWatch and to the North Valley Reporter. Katharine Russ can be reached at: Katharine.russ@charter.net.

Ken Alpern

Ken Alpern is a Westside Village Zoning Director and former Board member of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC), previously co-chaired its Planning and Outreach Committees, and currently co-chairs its MVCC Transportation/Infrastructure Committee. He is co-chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee and chairs the non-profit Transit Coalition. He does commentary on the Mark Isler Radio Show on AM 870, and co-chairs the grassroots Friends of the Green Line. He can be reached at Alpern@MarVista.org.

Ken Draper

Ken Draper is the editor of CityWatch. He can be reached at ken@citywatchla.com.

Lenny Isenberg

Leonard Isenberg is a Los Angeles observer and a contributor to CityWatch. A teacher for almost 30 years at the secondary and university levels both here and in France, he was a second generation teacher at LAUSD. Leonard blogs at perdaily.com and can be reached at Lenny@perdaily.com

Linda Abrams

Linda Abrams is a writer and the Associate Editor of CityWatch.


Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel co-founded CityWatch and is a long-time labor consultant and activist.

Matthew Hetz

Los Angeles native Matthew Hetz is a transit rider and advocate, a composer, music instructor, and member and president and executive director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Hatfield

Paul Hatfieldis a CPA and serves as President of the Valley Village Homeowners Association. He blogs atVillage toVillage and contributes to CityWatch. The views presented are those of Mr. Hatfield and his alone.  They should not be construed to represent the opinions of the VVHA or the residents of Valley Village, individually or as a group. He can be reached at: phinnoho@aol.com

Richard Lee Abrams

Richard Lee Abrams is an attorney in Los Angeles. He can be reached at rickleeabrams@gmail.com.

Richard Risemberg

Richard Risemberg is a writer and photographer. His current professional activities are centered on sustainable development and lifestyle, as well as novels and stories exploring relationships in the context of urban living. 

Sara Corcoran

Sara Corcoran writes for CityWatch and is a correspondent and contributing editor, as well as founding publisher of the National Courts Monitor. She literally grew up in a “legal family.” She is the granddaughter of “Tommy the Cork,” who advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is considered an “author of the New Deal.”

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Sara Roos

Sara Roos lives, works and chauffeurs two teenagers in the Mar Vista section of WLA.  Politically active for four decades, her written commentary on Education-"reformism" as rebranded neoliberal privatization is archived at redqueeninla.com

Tony Butka

Tony Butka is an Eastside community activist, who has served on a neighborhood council, has a background in government and is a contributor to CityWatch. Tony can be reached at Tony.Butka@gmail.com

Tony Castro

Tony Castro, whose “Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal SonThe New York Times called the best biography of the baseball Hall of Fame legend, is the author of DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers” (Taylor Trade, 2016) and Looking for Hemingway And The Lost Generation” (Lyons Press). He was formerly a columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and a political writer for The Los Angeles Daily News. Castro is a feature writer for CityWatch.

Ziggy Kruse

Ziggy Kruse is an activist and reporter for www.HNN-TV.com. She is also a former Board Member of the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council. Ziggy can be reached at ziggykruse@gmail.com.