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LOS ANGELES Sunday, April 26th 2015 1:13


  • Arthur Hoyle

    The Los Angeles Experience is Actually Shrinking

    WHO WE ARE-Conventional wisdom would have us believe that Los Angeles is a fast-growing city. Population is increasing through both the birth rate and migration, suburbs are spreading in all directions while the city also rises vertically, and our…
  • Company Town: Actor’s Equity Meets Franz Kafka

    Hoyt Hilsman
    LA HURT MOST-In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though…
  • SoCal’s Housing Crisis: Middle Class, Minorities May Not Survive

    Joel Kotkin
    SARDINIZATION-What kind of urban future is in the offing for Southern California? Well, if you look at both what planners want and current market trends, here’s the best forecast: congested, with higher prices and an ever more degraded quality of…
  • Along with Six-Figure General Managers and Cops, Civilian Workers Deserve Salary Hikes

    Dennis P. Zine
    RANTZ & RAVEZ-Here we go again … Mayor Eric Garcetti has released his proposed LA City Budget for the 2015—2016 fiscal year. The nearly $8.6 Billion Dollar Budget takes effect July 1, only after the 15 city council members conducts numerous hearings…
  • LA’s Balanced Budget Short on Reform

    Jack Humphreville
    LA WATCHDOG-The Mayor and the City Council had it pretty easy this year with the proposed $5.4 billion budget as General Fund revenues surged by almost $300 million as a result of the improved economy. Rather than the usual drama surrounding budget…
  • Atlanta Teacher Convictions are Wake Up Call: Shine the Light on LAUSD Now

    Leonard Isenberg
    EDUCATION POLITICS-For the last 5 years I have reported about purposeful and endemic corruption of public education motivated by massive profits and the continued dumbing down of predominantly minority students at the Los Angeles Unified School…
  • Being Green, and $howing the Green--Our Infra$tructure Dilemma

    Ken Alpern
    ALPERN AT LARGE-Perhaps the greatest challenge to the Environmentalist movement today is its credibility--it has taken on a religious zeal that is almost McCarthyistic in its nature, and while some want to adhere to the "Do as I say!" approach, it's…
  • LA is Ground Zero for Wage Theft … Here’s What to Do about It

    Laphonza Butler and Rusty Hicks
    GUEST COMMENTARY-Los Angeles leads the nation in millions of dollars of wages stolen from workers’ paychecks. The term of art is “wage theft” and it happens to more people than you know. It means workers, particularly those paid hourly, miss hours…
  • Garden Center to Ramen Epicenter: How West LA Became a Haven for Japanese-Americans

    Naomi Hirahara
    WHO ARE THE REAL ANGELINOS (AN ONGOING SERIES)-My introduction to the West Los Angeles neighborhood my parents called “So-ta-ru” came in the 1970s when we visited relatives there. I still am unclear on exactly how we are related—it was definitely on…

  • You Can’t Read This

    Elizabeth Warren
    WE’RE BEING HUSTLED-Have you seen what’s in the new Trans Pacific trade deal? Most likely, you haven’t – and don’t bother trying to Google it. The…
  • The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

    Anthony D. Romero
    GUEST WORDS-Not long after the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, I had dinner with the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Washington, who was a stalwart…
  • The Inland Empire Strikes Back

    Joe Mathews
    CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-The Empire is back. I’m talking not about the new Star Wars movie but about Southern California’s Inland Empire. Of course, you…
  • LA’s Electeds have Lost Their Way … Ethical Compasses are Out of Whack

    Jack Humphreville
    LA WATCHDOG-The members of the Los Angeles City Council will lead you to believe that they are humble public servants who support an open and…

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  • Issue: Bathing topless at Venice Beach

    Martha Groves

    Date: Apr 24, 2015

    Forty years ago, a cadre of Venice Beach sunbathers routinely basked in the altogether. 

    The Venice Neighborhood Council thinks the time is ripe to take a half-step back to that time of physical freedom. In a 12-2 vote Tuesday, the council said it "supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless." 

    There are so many more important things to be concerned about in Venice...this makes us look foolish. 

    The city and county of Los Angeles prohibit nude or topless sunbathing. But Melissa Diner, the Venice council community officer who sponsored the resolution, said the panel would draft letters to Councilman Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which has jurisdiction over the beach, calling for Venice to be exempted.  (Read the rest.)  

Thu Apr 30, 2015 @11:30AM -
Town Hall: Raising the Minimum Wage
Fri May 01, 2015 @11:00AM - 02:00PM
Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon
Fri May 01, 2015 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Women for a New Los Angeles
Fri May 08, 2015 @ 8:00AM - 08:00PM
Greenlining Institute 22nd Annual Economic Summit in L.A. May 8
Wed May 13, 2015 @11:30AM -
Reflections on Leadership in the Museum World from an Outsider

Dr Oz digs in. I will not be silenced!

Puppy high for the day: Puppy battles doorstopper








Passing the Buck

The Buck Stops Here

Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck Knife Company.  When playing poker, it was common to place one of these Buck Knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was.  When it was time for a new dealer, the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer.  If this person didn't want to deal, he would "Pass the Buck" to the next player.  If that player accepted, then "the Buck stops here".