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Local Politics Is a Waste of Time

Joe Mathews
LA’S POLITICAL DISCONNECT--The LA Times a couple of weeks ago wrote a hand-wringing story about a new poll showing that fewer California voters see local politics as worthwhile. The poll noted that local politics used to have a bit of a halo -- people famously hated what they saw in Washington or Sacramento, but liked their own local officials and thought local political involvement was…

California: Gov Brown Says ‘I Don’t Know What I Would Do if I Were Dying’ … Signs Right-To-Die Law

Mollie Reilly
WHO WE ARE--California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed California's right-to-die bill into law Monday, allowing terminally ill residents of the nation's most populous state to end their own lives with the aid of their physician. "The crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain or suffering,"…

Spoiler Alert: State Law Actually BLOCKS Affordable Housing

Tim Deegan
REPEALING COSTA-HAWKINS-Our city is the envy and destination of people worldwide – we have so much sunshine and an unbeatable climate enables a lifestyle that is perceived to be easier than most. They are drawn to the notion of “reinvention,” creating a new self-narrative, not just reserved for Hollywood but available to all. People do that daily, just as people move here daily. Knowing even just…

Billboard Mischief

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG--We all know that you are in mortal danger when you place yourself between a member of the Los Angeles City Council and a campaign funding company or industry looking for special treatment, even if it is not in the best interest of the City or its residents. This is certainly the case with the billboard companies who are looking for special treatment for the placement of their highly…

Shocker: Governor Brown Revives Redevelopment Agencies!

John Hrabe
CAL WATCHDOG-Redevelopment is back in California. Four years after Governor Jerry Brown led the effort to eliminate redevelopment agencies, the governor has changed his mind, signing legislation to restore the controversial institutions and their power to use eminent domain. Earlier this month, Gov. Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2, which grants local governments the power to create new…

An Innovative and Responsible Bicycle Network

Ken Alpern
ADULTS CAN DO THAT--Yes, folks, adults can compromise and come up with a plan that meets the needs of all parties (well, most of them--some folks refuse to compromise). Unfortunately, we don't do things the "adult" way in LA--whereas before the NIMBY's held sway, now the Big Government folks run the show. You know, those few who believe they have a monopoly on "smart" and "right"... except that…

LA’s Controller Sounds the Alarm: Domestic Violence Not on Radar at City Hall

Linda Abrams
NEW AUDIT EXPOSES POLITICAL PRIORITIES--An audit just released by City Controller Ron Galperin reveals that LA’s domestic violence programs have been “underfunded, disjointed and inconsistent across City neighborhoods.” The Controller’s report, released on October 1 to coincide with the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, shows that the “responsibility for combatting domestic…

Fuentes: Landlord from Hell

Paul Hatfield
PERSPECTIVE--For someone who purportedly wants to lead the charge to fight homelessness, City Council member Felipe Fuentes is quick on the eviction trigger. Acting as if he were LA’s version of the Soup Nazi, Fuentes told Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, “No space for you!” My colleague at CityWatch, Denyse Selesnick, did an excellent job of summarizing the timeline of actions leading up to…

LA’s New Latino LGBT Center: “MI CENTRO”

Fred Mariscal
LATINO PERSPECTIVE-The Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Latino Equality Alliance collaborated this month to open “Mi Centro” -- an outpost in the East LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights. This new center is located at the western edge of Boyle Heights between the LA River and the 101 freeway. As an openly gay Latino myself and a member of the Board of Directors of Bienestar Human Services, I’ve seen…

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  • A Time and a Place Called SPIFF

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD--About 4 years ago, the head of the San Pedro Art Association called me over during a neighborhood council meeting and said, "Bob,…
  • It’s Becoming Springtime for Dictators

    Joel Kotkin
    NEW GEOGRAPHY--In a rare burst of independence and self-interest, the California Legislature, led by largely Latino and Inland Democrats, last month…
  • I’m Surprised

    Thomas S. Harrington
    WHO WE ARE--I’m surprised. I'm truly and breathtakingly surprised that another young American has decided to open fire indiscriminately on his fellow…
  • Payday Lenders: ‘We’re Not Bottom Feeders!’ Oh really?

    Tina Dupuy
    BILKING THE POOR--“How do you spell your name?” asked the beltway woman staring at her laptop in the lobby of a lavish Southern California resort.…

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