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A Bullet Train Through the NE Valley at 200 MPH: Cause for Some Concern and … Considerable Angst

Rosemary Jenkins
Aug 21, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-We have heard about high-speed rail for decades and have often been envious of the examples that some countries (like Japan with its awesome bullet trains) have already set for the rest of the world. The State of California is finally promoting a system of its own under the auspices of… Read More...

Joan Rivers is Right: War is Hell … as Always

Paul Hatfield
Aug 11, 2014
PERSPECTIVE-“What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts.” Those words were from the mouth of none other than commedienne Joan Rivers as she made her way through LAX the other day. She was referring to the tragedy unfolding in the Gaza… Read More...

Rewriting the Book of Mormon: Student Fights Back ‘Slut-Shaming’ Stance on Women’s Sexuality

Tara Culp-Ressler
Aug 14, 2014
RELIGION POLITICS-Keli Byers, a sophomore at Brigham Young University, is fed up with the Mormon church’s approach to women’s sexuality. And she’s fighting back in a big way: By publishing her complaints in Cosmopolitan, a magazine that’s become infamous for its coverage of sex. Students who attend… Read More...

Culture Soup: Theater, Fighting Ships, Opera, and a Duck

Bob Gelfand
Aug 04, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-This is about fun things that will happen this month down in the port. But first, a little reminiscing. Back in the 70's, there was a cafe in the Los Feliz district run by a man named Alberto Sarno. He hired a piano player and sang operatic arias to his customers. Eventually, the… Read More...

McKenna: The People’s Choice for the Fourth Time … Here’s How

Sara Roos
Aug 14, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-LA Wins the Most Shocking Apathy Voter Award all over again. And despite ever-diminishing numbers of voters manages to leverage national significance from their voice … the ‘people’s choice’ … George McKenna. (Photo) Besting last June’s record low turnout of 13.1 percent, this… Read More...

LA Welcomes the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

Bill Boyarsky
Aug 14, 2014
TRUTHDIG-A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder. In their native lands and during their treks to the United States,… Read More...

Political Scare Tactics: The Worst Disease of All

Tony Castro
Aug 11, 2014
LATINO VOICE-It never seems to fail that the lowest point of campaigns of any kind are political scare tactics that have always been around. In the 1960 presidential campaign, the scare tactic was John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism and the fear critics tried to instill – that Kennedy would be a puppet… Read More...

Navy Days LA: An Exercise in Misdirected Education

Bob Gelfand
Aug 11, 2014
GELFAND’S WORLD-Back in the old days, when there was a ferry boat that ran from San Pedro to Terminal Island, it was a great day's outing to pile in the back of Dad's car, ride the ferry, and then tour a US Navy ship that was open to the public. Eventually, those showings stopped happening. More… Read More...

Is Bill Clinton Really More Popular than Barack Obama?

Randy Shaw
Aug 14, 2014
POLL POLITICS-Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s approval numbers are moving in opposite directions. Democratic Senate candidates like Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes are campaigning with Clinton while keeping distance from Obama, leading many to recall Clinton’s support in “red” states. Dowd’s… Read More...

Why Are Californians Obsessed With Where Their Politicians Live?

Joe Mathews
Aug 14, 2014
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA-Admit it: You’re not exactly sure where you live, are you? Don’t be embarrassed to acknowledge that, beyond knowing your street address, you’re a little uncertain. California has so many thousands of overlapping local government jurisdictions, plus so many political district… Read More...

Illegal DREAMers Could Decide the Presidency

Tony Castro
Aug 07, 2014
LATINO POLITICS- Could Latino youth in the U.S. illegally determine the 2016 presidential election without even casting a single vote? Imagine the scenario: DREAMers personally confronting Republican presidential candidates at campaign stops and causing scenes that put the politicians uncomfortably… Read More...

A Three-Step Path to a Stable LA Budget and Infrastructure

Ken Alpern
Aug 07, 2014
MEETING THE TWAIN-“Common sense is very uncommon.” – Mark Twain It shouldn't be so hard in LA to balance our budget and build a better future. Watch what you spend, raise more revenue, and be transparent in what you spend. Unfortunately, the ability to control spending, the ability to raise more… Read More...

McKenna Victory: ‘Proof That the People … Outraged and United … Can Do Any Damned Thing We Must’

Betty Pleasant
Aug 14, 2014
SOULVINE-Hallelujah! --- We, the people, did it! We elected George McKenna (photo) to the LAUSD school board Tuesday and beat back the big monied interests which sought to buy control of our public school system, thus proving that the people --- outraged and united --- can do any damned thing we… Read More...

Tuesday School Board Election: Just Say NO to Carpetbagging

Sara Roos
Aug 11, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-We’ve endured another nail-biter of a weekend suffused with an oxymoronic army of paid “volunteers” deployed to Get Out their paymaster’s Vote and in the process consume mountains of cash toward the mortification of our democratic process. What, you say – you didn’t know there… Read More...

Allegations Taint Beck’s Bid for Another Term … Sex Scandal Revealed

Terelle Jerricks
Aug 11, 2014
TOP COP WATCH-Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has been lobbying for a second term since the police commission began taking it under consideration this past May. But Beck’s road to a second term has gotten increasingly rockier, despite record lows in violent crimes in the city and… Read More...

From Lucy to Lucy

Rosemary Jenkins
Aug 04, 2014
JUST SAYIN’-By now, many of you have seen the new movie release, Lucy—well worth the time spent viewing it (and great for thought-provoking discussion afterward). It is not my intent to review the film but to expand upon its motif. The “original” Lucy is said by scientists to be the mother of all… Read More...

Irresponsible Is As Irresponsible Does

Sara Roos
Aug 07, 2014
EDUCATION POLITICS-LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy claims an authority in adjudicating “responsibility” that seems a little premature. With what is itself “breathtaking” hubris, he fairly spits out to the LA School Report an avowal of sanctimonious incredulity that thousands of LAUSD teachers might… Read More...

Some Thoughts on Provocation

Laura Finley
Aug 04, 2014
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-Here we go again. Another loud-mouthed commentator perpetuating the storyline that somehow, victims of domestic violence provoke their abusers. This time, it was Steven A. Smith (photo) on ESPN’s First Look. In a two minute diatribe Smith at first seem to recognize how appalling… Read More...

 

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