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The Right to Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young
October 16, 2014
WHO WE ARE-I write and talk frequently about how to live life on your own terms -- how to make the most of the days you have and enjoy what you do with purpose and passion. But have you ever thought about the right to die on your terms? I'm not talking about accidental deaths or wrongful deaths. I am referring to rightful deaths -- the right to die on your terms if you face a life threatening, life ending illness. Most of us thankfully don't need to think about it. But if you had the option, how would you choose and would you make your wishes known?  Read More...

Alarcon’s Real Crime: He Served Himself Better Than He Served His People

Ron Kaye
Oct 16, 2014
HE COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER-Faced with charges the he lied about living in his San Fernando Valley Council District, Richard Alarcon defended himself with the same tactics that had become the hallmark of his wasted political career: he denied, deflected, deceived and dissembled.  Read More...

Los Angeles: Rent Crisis Capital of America

Silvia Jimenez, Paul Ong, Rosalie Ray
Oct 16, 2014
LA … MOST UNAFFORDABLE IN U.S.- Los Angeles is now the most unaffordable rental market in the country. It is also the metro area with the largest share of renters vs. homeowners: While U.S. rentership has fluctuated around 35%, Los Angeles is at 52%.  Read More...

A Beachfront Jewel … Kept from the Public for 30 Years

Bob Gelfand
Oct 16, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-Cabrillo Beach is a rare wonder for the people of Southern California. The area contains the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the recently refurbished bathhouse, along with beaches on the ocean side and on the harbor side of the Los Angeles breakwater.  Read More...

IBEW Never Loses a Chance to Lose … More Jobs, Business Lost to SoCal

Ken Alpern
Oct 16, 2014
RAIL CAR COMPANY HEADS FOR FRIENDLIER NEIGHBORHOOD-Sounds like the perfect job/manufacturing plan for Southern California, right? We're starting a host of decades-overdue rail projects, most of them light rail, and having global rail car leader Kinkisharyo build just under $1 billion of light rail cars in LA World Airports-leased land in Palmdale is a no-brainer, right? Wrong!  Read More...

How Safe are Your Kids!: Ignoring the Killer Dangers of Artificial Turf … for Politics and Profit

Rosemary Jenkins
Oct 16, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-The alarm must be sounded! The problems with the installation and use of artificial turf must neither be discounted nor minimized. The apprehensions are not exaggerated and have not been blown out of proportion. This increasingly momentous issue should be of concern to each and every one of us because the consequences of ‘crumb tire use’ affect all of us.  Read More...

U.S. Ebola: Dr. Frieden is the Problem … He Needs to Step Down or be Fired

Paul Hatfield
Oct 16, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-As I stated in my previous article on the Ebola crisis, there is probably little risk of a major outbreak of the disease in the United States. But there is a cost. Just think of the resources that were devoted to dealing with the late Thomas Duncan. 76 staff members of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in his care. One unfortunate provider was infected (fortunately, doing well according to reports). Her infection has triggered monitoring the other 75. If one of them comes down with it, another round of monitoring and possible infection commences. Read More...

Goodbye Helipads … Now, LAs Shifting Skyline Will Be More Spiraling, Imaginative—and Safer

Kheir Al-Kodmany
Oct 16, 2014
VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-For 40 years, Los Angeles’ building code has required all buildings 75 feet and taller to have a rooftop emergency helicopter landing facility in a location approved by the fire chief. The idea in 1974, when the law was passed, was to make skyscrapers safer, in part as a reaction to a catastrophic fire in Brazil. But we know now there are better ways to make structures like the U.S. Bank Tower and the Wells Fargo Center safe. I, for one, am cheering for the end of a policy requiring flat-topped buildings in Los Angeles.  Read More...

Darkness at Noon

Michael Bernick
Oct 16, 2014
HOW WE GOT HERE-Earlier this week, the death of David Greenglass at age 92 was announced in the New York Times. Few Californians today have heard of him or even of the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1951, in which he was a key witness. Yet, both the trial and the subsequent revelations have important lessons for us in California civic and political life today, that should not go uncommented on.  Read More...

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Steve Jobs-Visionary-“I don’t care about being right’

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LAUSD: Is There Life After Deasy?

Leonard Isenberg
Oct 16, 2014
LA SCHOOLS-We are at a crossroads at LAUSD and in public education around the country. Either there will be greater disclosure of LAUSD's… Read More...

Did Armageddon Arrive and I Missed the Announcement?

Denyse Selesnick
Oct 16, 2014
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-Talk about depressing…you know it’s bad when you have to watch Blacklist in order to get a laugh. Between the Ebola situation,… Read More...

Ethics 101: Advertising on Illegal Billboards

Dennis Hathaway
Oct 16, 2014
BILLBOARD WATCH-When an advertisement touts a company’s ethical values, it’s always wise to remember that you are being sold something. This thought… Read More...

Mar Vista Fall Festival … Getting Away from the Sprawl

Sara Roos
Oct 16, 2014
MUSE WITH ROOS-Who says a megalopolis like Los Angeles shouldn’t enjoy a Village Green with parade and watermelon-eating contest? Not that these… Read More...

LA Needs to Think Nuclear … and Here’s Why

Joe Vitti
Oct 13, 2014
GUEST WORDS-Very few citizens of Los Angeles are aware of the fact that 10% of the electrical power the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power… READ MORE...

Bobby Shriver will be the Fiscally Responsible Supervisor the Third District Needs

Jack Humphreville
Oct 13, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-I will vote for Bobby Shriver (photo-with daughter) to replace the termed out Zev Yaroslavsky because Shriver will continue the current… READ MORE...

Report: LA Police Helping to Make It Safe to Rape in Los Angeles

Maxwell Kennedy
Oct 13, 2014
WHO WE ARE-A significant number of LAPD Detectives feel "stranger rape is the only 'real' rape," according to a report published by the Justice… READ MORE...

Vatican Sees the Light: Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same-Sex Couples

Philip Pullella
Oct 13, 2014
RELIGION-In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism… READ MORE...



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Issues with ‘Safe to Rape in LA’ Article

Robert Lamishaw
Oct 16, 2014
VOICES-The report on ‘LA Police Making It Safer to Rape in Los Angeles’ highlights several points, that it may not have intended. First, the police and DA don't generally pursue he said/she said cases of sexual assault because they are making rational decisions based on the potential of getting a… READ MORE...

You Shouldn’t Need the Rosetta Stone to Park in Los Angeles

Councilman Krekorian’s Office
Oct 13, 2014
VOICES-Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s idea to make LA’s incredibly confusing parking signs readable, simple and understandable got an enthusiastic welcome at the LA City Council Transportation Committee hearing this week. Krekorian drafted a City Council motion urging the city pursue an… READ MORE...

Beware: New … and Expensive … Gas Tax

North Hills West Homeowners Group
Oct 13, 2014
VOICES-There’s a new tax on gasoline that you all should be aware of. The new tax is expected to "increase the cost of gas between 15 cents and 75 cents per gallon, according to the California Air Resources Board." We need to ensure that this does not happen and we all should take note to stop this… READ MORE...

LA Schools: Can’t We All Get Along?

Scott Folsom
Oct 09, 2014
VOICES-“Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people; do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of… READ MORE...
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Is the Bob Baker Marionette Theater Worth Saving without Puppets?

The Eastsider
Oct 16, 2014
ECHO PARK- Portions of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater would serve as the lobby of a proposed 104-unit apartment complex. But Baker’s struggling puppet theater company is scheduled to move out next year, prompting the head of the Cultural Heritage Commission to ask if the historic landmark is… READ MORE...

Larchmont Bungalow Zone Change Denied

Patricia Lombard
Oct 13, 2014
LARCHMONT BUZZ-In a report issued this week, the Department of City Planning has recommended denial of all three requests by the Larchmont Bungalow in its most recent entitlement application. The Central Area Planning Commission will take up the matter at a public hearing next week on Tuesday,… READ MORE...

La Brea Hancock Neighborhood Fed Up with Avalon Wilshire

Julie Grist
Oct 09, 2014
LARCHMONT BUZZ-The park behind the Avalon Wilshire is an ongoing headache for residents of the adjacent La Brea Hancock area who are fed up with the drug dealing occurring in the park, and the Avalon’s lack of response to fixing the problem. According to residents of the adjacent La Brea Hancock… READ MORE...

What’s Next for Drought Struck Calif: Water Rationing, Drought Numbers

Steve Scauzillo
Sep 29, 2014
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number. But do you know your drought number? The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know… READ MORE...

ISIS War: As Allies Go, Turkey is a Turkey

Ken Alpern
Oct 16, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Why any Western nation continues to allow Turkey to remain in NATO is anyone's guess, considering how they have been, and still… READ MORE...

Shocker: Steve Bradford Withdraws from 35th District State Race … Wait ‘Til You Hear Why

Betty Pleasant
Oct 16, 2014
SOULVINE UNCHAINED-Woe be unto us! In a year loaded with political shocks, comes now Assemblyman Steve Bradford to give us another one: He announced… READ MORE...

How California Man was Forced to Spend 100 Days in Prison for Being an Atheist

Ian Millhiser
Oct 16, 2014
JUSTICE DENIED-Barry Hazle is an atheist who was incarcerated for a year due to a drug charge before he was released on parole. As a condition of his… READ MORE...

Nix to Pix Museum Says MMRA

James O'Sullivan
Oct 16, 2014
MIRACLE MILE-The Academy Museum Draft Environmental Impact Report [DEIR] is the final chapter in a sad tale of incompetence and betrayal. Ultimately,… READ MORE...


Did Carson Councilmember Gipson Get Special Help from BoE Chair Horton When the Taxman Called?

Randall Fleming
Oct 16, 2014
INSIDE INGLEWOOD-In April, Carson Councilmember Mike Gipson (photo) faced a significant lien on his Carson house. At a time when others were juggling… READ MORE...

California: Bad to Its Bones

Joel Kotkin
Oct 13, 2014
WHAT WE’RE MADE OF-Any serious student of California knows that the state’s emergence in the past century reflected a triumph of engineering. From… READ MORE...

Beware: The Most Powerful Man in America Not Who You Think

Clinton Galloway
Oct 13, 2014
CORRUPTION WATCH-The majority of people reading this will not know the name Brian Roberts. Roberts is the president and controlling shareholder of… READ MORE...

9 Super Significant and Indisputable Reasons Why LAUSD’s John Deasy Must be Fired

Sara Roos
Oct 13, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-Finally the LA Times is conceding at long last that John Deasy is Not Really Very Good For Children after all. This past weekend… READ MORE...

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