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ABORTION POLITICS--With six of fifty states having recently passed restrictive abortion legislation, reproductive rights are almost assured to be central to the 2020 election cycle. 

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VOICES--Dear City Clerk, I would like to challenge the election for the Neighborhood Council of Valley Village, held on May 16th, 2019.  

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CALBUZZ--Let’s dispense with the notion that name ID explains why former Vice President Joe Biden is repeatedly showing up with double and triple the support of other Democrats in states like New Hampshire and South Carolina and in national polls.

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ENVIRONMENT POLITICS--There has been a lot of alarm in the areas impacted by the Woolsey Fire about the risk of exposure to radiation.

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GUEST WORDS--A year-round fire season, excessive heat, drought, flooding and mudslides are the new normal in Los Angeles. 

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@TheGussReport – You wouldn’t eat a week-old donut.  And you wouldn’t read a week-old Dodgers box score.  But the LA Times last week published in print an article that it ran online a week earlier without explaining its timing to its readers.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION--Most Californians know about riptides, those currents which can carry unwary swimmers far from shore and drown those who do not know to swim parallel to the current.  Fighting a political riptide can likewise be deadly, as Hillary discovered in 2016. 

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ALPERN AT LARGE—Only in California could something as awful as SB 50 have had a chance of becoming reality. 

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GELFAND’S WORLD--It's almost amusing that there is a move to break up Facebook due to its semi-monopoly power.

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AT LENGTH--On any given morning, I can hear both the sounds of the port and the traffic on Pacific Avenue from my back porch while having coffee and reading the news. The buzz of the traffic and the occasional siren on one side and foghorns and whistles of the tugboats on the other are recognizable if not consistent.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-The phrase often attributed to Edmund Burke that all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to remain silent rests on the questionable premise that people who remain silent in the face of evil are good people. The more apt word is “coward.” 

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LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS-Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes. They are ubiquitous proof that direct democracy works.

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