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COMMUNITY ARTS-Watts is a village, not a riot. Poet, playwright, actor and world champion in blind judo, Lynn Manning, (photo above) had a vision powerful enough to transform the way people would see his people and his city.

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EQUAL RIGHTS--From the very start of our nation, the most popular forum for debating and shaping our democratic rights was not stately legislative halls, but rowdy beer halls.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION -It seems that it takes something like the plague pressing at our doors before we we’ll ever wake up to what’s happening to us.

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CAL MATTERS-When Georgia and other red states enacted very tight restrictions on abortions, their political leaders obviously hoped to push the issue back into the U.S. Supreme Court and into the hands of the court’s newly strengthened conservative majority. 

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FIRST PERSON-The longstanding endemic corruption at the dysfunctional and nearly bankrupt Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will not be cleaned up until the school district’s operational practices – both financial and academic -- are finally addressed, eliminated, or radically changed. 

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ANIMAL ALERT-If you have a dog or cat, I want to alert you to the danger of foxtail plants. We are having an infestation of foxtails this year.   

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RANTZ & RAVEZ-The failure of any government in the final analysis must be measured by the well-being of its citizens. Nothing can be more important to a state then its public health, the state’s paramount concern should be the health of its people.” -- Franklin D.  Roosevelt in a 1932 report to the New York State Health Commission. 

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PLATKIN ON PLANNING-CityWatch has recently published several articles explaining how and why Los Angeles Times’ reporting on the state’s housing crisis is so consistently wrong.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-If robbers invade your home and steal your jewelry, the criminals are at fault. 

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EDUCATION POLITICS-Carolyn Torres was one of 10 new replacement instructors when she began teaching 10th grade at Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School, a charter school in South Los Angeles — a replacement figure, she claims, which represented a 33 percent turnover in one year at Alliance.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Contrary to any accusations or presumptions about mean-spirited joy over the fallen aspirations of another person or group of people (also called "schadenfreude"), neither myself nor most of us who saw the results of Sunday's and Tuesday's elections get any joy over seeing those who lost suffer. 

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URBAN PERSPECTIVE--House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be of two minds on impeachment.

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