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Why Southern California Has an ‘Atrophied’ Civic Culture

Larry Kaplan
Sep 08, 2014
WHO WE ARE-There was a special election for school board this month – voter turn-out was eight percent. That’s even worse than the last big citywide election, the 2013 mayor’s race, when turnout was less than a quarter of voters. A week after the school board election, the LA City Ethics Commission… Read More...

Despite Dangers, Mayor Allows Inglewood Inert Red Light Cameras to Remain Standing

Randall Fleming
Sep 11, 2014
INSIDE INGLEWOOD-According to a July 30 radio interview on an early morning KJLH radio show, Inglewood’s red light cameras were deactivated in January of this year. The revelation came after a lengthy discussion about the Forum, which re-opened in January. At about seven and a half minutes into the… Read More...

UPDATE: Inglewood City Clerk Trying to get Butts’ Butt Out of the Box

Randall Fleming
Sep 08, 2014
INSIDE INGLEWOOD-On July 24, Inglewood mayor James T. Butts filed his running papers for the November, 2014 Inglewood mayoral race. In the legal filing, Butts claims his domicile is at "815 N. LaBrea, PMB #186"—presumably in Inglewood. (There is neither a city, state nor ZIP code mentioned in the… Read More...

LA Politics: The Appeasers, the Hypocrites … and the Voice that Brings Them to Their Knees

Ron Kaye
Sep 04, 2014
WHO WE ARE-It was the closing days of the dreariest mayoral campaign imaginable and the unions that so heavily backed the indecisive Wendy Greuel flooded the city’s poor neighborhoods with mailings and sound trucks blaring with the good news: $15 an hour minimum wage if she wins. Eric Garcetti was… Read More...

Why Jerry Brown was Terrified to Debate Neel Kashkari

Ken Alpern
Sep 08, 2014
POLITICS-Say it enough times, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: Governor Brown is supposed to trounce liberal Republican challenger Neel Kashkari. Yet after watching the one and only debate on September 4th, where Governor Brown was defensive and had a hard time looking at either the… Read More...

Why Liberals and Conservatives Agree on Uber … United in Hypocrisy and Inconsistency

Andrés Martinez
Sep 08, 2014
TRADE WINDS-Uber has pulled off what few others can these days: The beloved car service (if I’m allowed to describe it so prosaically) has united politicians of all persuasions. Republicans, Democrats, and libertarians are all vying to outdo each other in portraying the popular company, and its… Read More...

‘Maleficent’ was Magnificent, but Missed a Significant Sentiment

Ken Alpern
Sep 08, 2014
MOVIE WATCH-OK...for starters, I just loved this movie. Yet after seeing the movie twice (first with my family, and then by myself on a plane), I just can't keep this to myself. So please do NOT open this piece if you've not seen the movie (or "Frozen"), because there are spoilers aplenty and it… Read More...

We Need Fast Food Unions

Odysseus Bostick
Sep 08, 2014
THE BOSTICK REPORT-The following is an incomplete list of reasons why we should encourage the unionization of fast food workers. It is based on the premise that fast food is more detrimental to our economy in the long run than it is beneficial. In other words, fast food offers very little value to… Read More...

Cheaters Prosper in California’s Informal Construction Economy

Lovell Estell III
Sep 04, 2014
CAPITAL & MAIN REPORT-In 2012 California’s construction industry took in a respectable $152 billion, employed nearly a million workers and is now projected to grow 26 percent by 2020. But according to a recently released report, a pall is threatening to settle over this otherwise bright… Read More...

Sidewalks: How Will The City Council Try to Pick Our Pockets?

Jack Humphreville
Sep 04, 2014
LAWATCHDOG-The City Council will have to manufacture a “new revenue stream” of $150 million a year over the next decade to finance the $1.5 billion repair bill for our 4,600 miles of damaged sidewalks on a “pay as you go” basis. This new $150 million revenue stream is equal to an increase in our… Read More...

Wait, Why Hasn't NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Been Fired Yet?

Josh Androsky
Sep 11, 2014
SPORTS POLITICS-Roger Goodell needs to be fired. It’s that simple. There’s such a litany of reasons why he should kick rocks that I'm not sure where to start. His alleged involvement in the cover-up of concussion-induced CTE, his draconian punishments for recreational (and sometimes state-legal)… Read More...

Connecting the Harbor to LA: Road Diets, Stop Signs and Other Failed Solutions

James Preston Allen
Sep 08, 2014
AT LENGTH-Councilman Joe Buscaino held a town hall forum on the Pacific Avenue Road Diet last week and got an ear-full from some unhappy residents about narrowing the roadway. The problem is that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has already decided, for some very rational reasons, that… Read More...

Nuclear: Diablo Canyon is California’s Fukushima … Only Worse!

Harvey Wasserman
Sep 08, 2014
PLANET WATCH-The catastrophe at Fukushima was not an accident. It’s unfolding again in California. The next west coast quake could easily shake the two reactors at Diablo Canyon to rubble. They are riddled with defects, can’t withstand potential seismic shocks from five major nearby fault lines,… Read More...

Let’s Get the Facts Straight: Sidewalk Repair is Not a Core Service of the City of Los Angeles

Erik Sanjurjo
Sep 04, 2014
VOICES-In response to Jack Humphreville's August 29th's "Now Our City Council Wants A Sidewalk Tax" and September 2 follow-up piece "Sidewalks: LA City Council Wants it Both Ways," I would like to provide an alternate view of the challenges facing Los Angeles as it pertains to finding a mechanism… Read More...

Tesla: Anatomy of a Deal

Paul Hatfield
Sep 08, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-The Tesla gigafactory deal negotiated by Nevada and Elon Musk, as it turned out, amounted to gigabucks. About $1.25 billion…..or was it really that much? Trying to interpret the true value of incentive packages offered by governments is anything but a science. Tesla’s factory will be… Read More...

SATs are the Tail of Education: They Never Could Wag This Puppy and They Shouldn’t Try

Sara Roos
Sep 08, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-As a young adult, which was by now many, many moons ago, I was drawn – goaded, really – into what was for me a very intense war of words (repeatedly) on the subject of SAT tests. My tormentor was a childhood friend of my father’s, so he had the superior position of age and… Read More...

California Leading the Way in Protecting Jennifer Lawrence’s Privacy

Tara Culp-Ressler
Sep 04, 2014
PRIVACY-Here’s an idea that could stop people from posting women’s naked photos on the Internet without permission. Over the weekend, dozens of celebrities fell victim to a massive hack that exposed hundreds of their nude photos, which were published online without their permission on sites like… Read More...

For Many Armenians America was Like ‘Coming Home’

Rosemary Jenkins
Sep 04, 2014
WHO ARE THE REAL ANGELINOS … AN ONGOING SERIES-It is hard to know where to start when we talk about the Armenian culture in general and our Los Angeles Armenians in particular. Although this proud group of people comes from a European history over 4,000 years old (most of which time the populations… Read More...

Minimum Wage Hike for Los Angeles is Necessary

UCLA Daily Bruin Editorial Board
Sep 04, 2014
GUEST COMMENTARY-This is a fact: you cannot meet necessary living expenses on $9 per hour, the current minimum wage in Los Angeles. This past Labor Day, the holiday that pays tribute to the labor movement that achieved social and economic improvements for workers and their families, Mayor Eric… Read More...

Molina v. Huizar: Round One

Jack Humphreville
Sep 08, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-The political landscape in Council District 14 has changed dramatically now that the termed out County Supervisor Gloria Molina has announced that she will run against Councilman Jose Huizar, the incumbent who has occupied this seat since 2005.  Read More...

The Congress: Where LA Comes Together

Denyse Selesnick
Sep 04, 2014
NC WATCH-Maybe we should change the name of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Congress … anything with the word ‘Congress’ in it automatically sounds dysfunctional. When you get more than twenty-five “volunteers”---all with their own very definite opinions- the chance for dysfunction increases. I am… Read More...

Last Week’s Gubernatorial Debate Should Be the Last

Joe Mathews
Sep 11, 2014
I TRIED HARD TO CARE-Did we just watch the last California gubernatorial debate–ever? Trick question. It appears very few of us bothered to watch last week’s debate between Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari. If this proves to be the last such debate–a real possibility since there… Read More...

Sidewalks: LA’s City Council Wants It Both Ways

Jack Humphreville
Sep 01, 2014
LA WATCHDOG-At the Tuesday, August 26 meeting of the City Council, Paul Krekorian was leading the parade to impose a yet to be determined Sidewalk Tax to fund his preliminary Sidewalk Repair Program to fix our 4,600 miles of broken sidewalks at an estimated cost of at least $1.5 billion. But only… Read More...

We Should Not Waste Our Time on a Constitutional Amendment

Bob Gelfand
Sep 11, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-We should understand that we don't amend the Constitution lightly. It was pretty good structurally when it was first written -- the division of government into 3 independent branches, so different from the English parliamentary system, the creation of a non-royal executive branch,… Read More...

Why We Despise the Mussulmen

Rosemary Jenkins
Sep 08, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-I just finished reading the book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qu’ran, which made me contemplate once again the issue around Muslim people and their religion. The word, Muslim (one who submits to one’s faith), comes from the Arab and Turkish etymologies for mosalman or mussulman and other… Read More...

Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election

Joel Kotkin
Sep 08, 2014
POLITICS-Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and along the U.S.-Mexico border may seem to suggest that race has returned as the signature issue in American politics. We can see this already in the pages of mainstream media, with increased calls for reparations for African-Americans, and expanded… Read More...

Californians Are Investing Over $1.5 Billion in Film and TV Production … We Deserve the Red-Carpet Treatment

Joe Mathews
Sep 04, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-We’re making major motion pictures, baby! And TV shows, too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week… Read More...

Too Little, Too Late for Jerry Brown

Paul Hatfield
Sep 04, 2014
PERSPECTIVE- Governor Brown and the legislative leadership in Sacramento are a day late and many dollars short … again. If I were them, I would not indulge in any gaming activities in Nevada or they may lose the clothes off their backs.  Read More...

The Disruptive Possibilities of Ordinary Talk

Paul Vandeventer
Sep 08, 2014
GUEST WORDS-Call me cautious, but when it comes to choosing between today’s popular bent toward disruptive innovation and more traditional approaches to change, I favor the latter nine times out of ten. It’s true, sometimes we must charge ahead in the face of complete historical and cultural… Read More...

Hillary Got It Right on Ferguson and Race

Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Sep 01, 2014
RACE AND POLITICS-Hillary Clinton was pilloried and battered for days on end for not uttering a peep about the Michael Brown slaying, the Ferguson disorders, and most importantly race. Clinton took heat on this for the simple reason that she almost certainly will run for president and likely win.… Read More...

A Tax by Any Other Name …

Ken Alpern
Sep 04, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-Raising taxes is something that's necessary at times, and having promoted projects that led to L.A. County Measure R (which raised sales taxes to pay for rail, freeway and other transportation projects) I can honestly say I put my money where my mouth is. But whether it's Mayor… Read More...

LA Schools: Restoring The SUPER In Tendent

Sara Roos
Sep 04, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-When my home town built a new school in the early ’70′s, a whole era vanished in concert with the disappearance of gilded letters proclaiming the “Superintendent’s Office” within. I never did figure out what a “Superintendent” was and I was always vaguely disappointed that that… Read More...

Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

Norman Lear
Sep 01, 2014
GUEST COMMENTARY-We all know that loving your country is a serious matter, especially when you are the president. And we all know that wearing a dark color is taken to be far more serious than wearing a light one.  Read More...

SoCal’s Hidden Sunken City … and Why They Want to Keep You Out

Bob Gelfand
Sep 04, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-You go to the edge of a cliff and look out towards where the ocean ought to be. But instead of the waves approaching a beach, there is a section of broken off land, containing an old paved street hanging at a crazy angle. It's where cliff top houses used to be until a 1929 landslide… Read More...

I Pledge Allegiance

Rosemary Jenkins
Sep 01, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-It was 3:45 in the morning and I was making the grand sacrifice to get up so very, very early, but it was well worth it because I was going to witness the swearing-in ceremony for my good friend! He had waited for years and done all the right things. He worked hard, married, had a son… Read More...

Labor Day: You Remember ‘Labor,’ Don’t You?

Richard Reeves
Sep 01, 2014
TRUTHDIG-I woke up last Thursday morning to learn that my FedEx man does not work for FedEx. Voices on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition" informed me that although FedEx controls just about every minute of its drivers’ days, the corporation regards them as "independent contractors."  Read More...

ESPN: Announcers Do Not Have to Say 'Redskins' on Air

Nadia Prupis
Aug 25, 2014
SPORTS POLITICS-Sports announcers will not have to say the name of Washington’s professional football team on the air while commentating on games, ESPN said Saturday. ESPN made the decision after Keith Olbermann challenged the sports network to institute a policy similar to that which has been… Read More...

Finger-Length Transactions: City Hall’s Standard

Paul Hatfield
Sep 01, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-A sensible organization or individual would engage in an arm’s length transaction for a negotiation where assets or services are exchanged. Here’s a succinct definition of an arm’s length transaction according to Investopedia: A transaction in which the buyers and sellers of a product… Read More...

Jumping Sharks in Sacramento … or, What Would Fonzie Do?

Ken Alpern
Aug 28, 2014
ALPERN AT LARGE-You remember that famous two-part episode in the old sit-com Happy Days, when Fonzie jumped over a shark in water skis ... and demonstrably proved that an otherwise funny and smart family-oriented comedy series was running out of ideas? Or is that too far back in the past, back in… Read More...

Issues Potpourri: Split Roll, Plastic Bags, Food 4 Less and More

Rosemary Jenkins
Aug 28, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-LA’s Support for Split Roll: You might remember that the concept of split roll came out of the passage of Proposition 13 several decades ago. One part, which was to keep homeowner property taxes down, has lived up to its promises and expectations, but another portion of that same… Read More...

 

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