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ONE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • WHO WE ARE-Women did it again. The annual Memorial Day tradition of placing flowers on graves of fallen soldiers was begun by women in the South after the Civil War. Who knew? Who now remembers that it was originally Decoration Day? Or that it is a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought for a better future. Memorial Day is a great deal…
  • 453 Days Later...

    Tom Rubin
    OFFENSIVE BUT PROTECTED SPEECH-Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014. Here's the background. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia (photo below) was…
  • What LA Educators Should Learn From Bell Gardens High School’s Shocking Turnaround

    Jay Mathews
    VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not…
  • The Clean Sweep Election Finally Happened

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD- A few years ago, a group calling itself Clean Sweep argued that the voters of Los Angeles should defeat all the incumbents and replace them with fresh blood. On Tuesday, the results came close. There are two distinct lessons, one of which is quite ominous for elected officials. This election demonstrated the end of voter patience…
  • What Did Tuesday’s LAUSD Election Results Prove?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Did the LAUSD election results signal a change for charter schools? Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. You can make a decent case that Ref Rodriguez’s victory in District 5 points to strong support for charters. It was a battle between two well-funded candidates with diametrically opposed views on the issue. The effectiveness and fairness of…
  • (Train)ing Ourselves to Confront Modern Mass Transit

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-It's great to learn that Metro has an excellent new CEO with the hiring of Phillip A. Washington who comes to us from Denver. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Roger Snoble and Art Leahy, Mr. Washington has a first-rate reputation to maintain--but his first job will be to pass Measure R-2. Measure R-2 (perhaps…
  • City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars

    Dennis Zine
    JUST THE FACTS-City Controller Ron Galperin’s Grandstanding DWP Audit results were finally released. Unfortunately, the conclusion and political spin that came afterwards from the controller was misleading. Here are the FACTS: The DWP’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute are administered by DWP managers and representatives of the…
  • A Place Where ‘Special Interest’ is NOT a Dirty Word

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-We need to have a new word to differentiate the villainous “Special Interest” that everyone is always complaining about and the “Special Interest” that almost all of politicians and civic and social activists have adopted as a cause. It is impossible to have passion about multiple issues. I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems…
  • Alert! America’s Small Businesses are Being Screwed by Big Business

    Robert Reich
    THE ECONOMY-Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. (Photo: small businesses in Studio City) They’ve contributed to the same Republican…

 

  • Can Strawberries Help Fight Cancer?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-There have been a number of studies over the years that could show evidence of strawberries fighting off cancer. Tong Chen lead a study…
  • Study: The Best Way to Quit Smoking … Bet On It

    Francie Diep
    WELLNESS-Oftentimes, money speaks louder than words. Apparently, that aphorism applies to cigarettes too. A new study finds that money incentives…
  • Exercise Can Help Anxiety … Here’s How

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-Statistics show that over 3 million American adults suffer from anxiety and there is no evidence that number will be declining any time…




Memorial Day 2015- Freedom Isn’t Free

J. Cole raps on the Letterman show: “Be Free’

The Star Spangled Banner … like you’ve never heard it before

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Don’t Decapitate CD 8: An LA Redistricting Open Letter to the Mayor

DEAR MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA:  I have lost confidence in the fair political process of Los Angeles. The LA Redistricting process and maps have proven to constituents of Council District 8 (CD 8 ) that political and economic injustices continue to persist in our City; and that our voices have been diminished to quiet whispers.
Our CD 8 community overwhelming opposed the LA Redistricting maps. Despite our vast opposition, the maps do not reflect the hundreds of public testimonies and over 250 signatures on petitions to keep CD 8 as it is – whole and intact. Unjustly, the LA Redistricting Commission and City Council decided to ignore our input and catapult us into distress.

There was no reason to slice and dice CD 8. It had no population to lose or gain; and it had a growing local economy coupled with job growth. All of which, our residents have been contributors by supporting these new developments and purchasing locally.

The maps redline CD 8 from economic assets and engines – making us a poverty pocket with one of the lowest area median incomes in the City. As you and I know, money is influence. Without a competitive area median income, CD 8 will have a difficult time attracting more businesses in a dense residential district because economic data may indicate we are not a good market.

The approved maps take away CD 8’s return on investment in the USC and Marlton Square areas. Stripping us from these economic opportunities is akin to stealing from an investor portfolio and not paying dividends on an appreciating investment. We are the largest market base for these two areas.

We won’t have the ability to see our dollars recycle back into our community because the new maps redistribute money out of our district. Essentially, we won’t reap any of the benefits of the improvements we originally initiated.

I think about the feelings of disenfranchisement and the disappointment that CD 8 members like me share. The 13-2 vote to approve the maps clearly demonstrates the ongoing mistreatment and disrespect of South LA constituents. Furthermore, the unfairness of redistricting and alleged political dealings make me wonder if we are part of a conspiracy theory to keep us socially and economically challenged.

Mayor, please don’t be a guillotine and decapitate CD 8! Our community can’t be dealt another blow and loss by taking away our valuable community assets.

When I voted for you back in 2005, I believed you were going to be a great Mayor and change agent our City needed to mend regional disparity and to help build a better South Los Angeles. That was your campaign promise. And, I still hold the same sentiments about you today.

Back then you had a quote that resonated with me that I would like to remind you of, “What good is having power, if you can’t use it to help lift up the poor?” I’d like to replace “poor” with South LA and CD 8. “What good is power, if you can’t use it to help lift up South LA and CD8?”

I strongly urge you to have the political courage to veto the redistricting maps. You have the power to do it because our 10-year destiny is in your hands.

Sincerely,
Janet Denise Kelly (Concerned CD 8 Resident Opposed to LA Redistricting Maps)

(Janet Denise Kelly is a CityWatch featured contributor. She offers more than a decade of accomplishments in the housing and nonprofit sector. Janet brings valuable insight in the areas of community and economic development. Additionally, she brings knowledge regarding the leadership and management challenges faced by large and small nonprofits that are struggling or growing organizations. She blogs at jdkellyenterprises.org and can be reached at: janetdkelly@yahoo.com)
–cw

Tags: Janet Denise Kelly, Urban Perspective, Open Letter to Mayor, CD 8, Los Angeles Redistricting






CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 39
Pub: May 15, 2012

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