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JUST SAYIN’--The most ridiculous thing about Donald Trump’s xenophobic, demagogic assault on Central American amnesty seekers is that his frantic demand to build a $5-billion-dollar border wall isn’t his most ridiculous ploy. 

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Believe it or not, those "activists" who have all sorts of time on their hands to attend meetings and scream at lawmakers under pressure to, you know, make and enforce the laws that allow us to be civilized, do NOT have more rights than the rest of us. 

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OTHER WORDS-The Trump administration has proposed a rule that will cut an estimated 3 million eligible people off food stamps while depriving half a million eligible children of school lunch.

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CLIMATE POLITICS--“The University of Alaska Fairbanks (“UAF”) is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations--- and it’s in trouble.” (Source: Sabrina Shankman, A Death Spiral for Research: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut, Inside Climate News, July 19, 2019) 

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PLATKIN ON PLANNING-The climate crisis has arrived in California, and it is a preview of worse things to come.

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GUEST WORDS--As I stepped inside the Cannon House Office Building on a Tuesday in July, I felt like I was taking a step towards a more just world.

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Los Angeles is a land of contrasts. Jaw-dropping natural beauty and biodiversity surround some of the country’s worst traffic and air pollution. Tech moguls and actors live in gated mansions, just steps from homeless peoples’ encampments. 

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DEEGAN ON LA-“Seventy-seven and sunny” is a good description of our typical Los Angeles Mediterranean-type climate, where we don’t really experience the elements of rain, snow, winds, thunderstorms and other atmospheric disturbances like most of the world.

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RANTZ & RAVEZ-I have often written about the homeless population and their anti-social lifestyle.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-If the Dems want to retake the Presidency, they need to impeach Nancy Pelosi.

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GUEST COMMENTARY--Imagine being torn away from your mother’s arms. Torn away from the shelter of your family, Not knowing what’s going to happen to them or you.

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BCK FILE--Cinematic auteurs at times use their vision to pay homage to a city. Certainly, the City of Angels, in large part due to its status as the Hollywood hometown, has played a starring role in numerous films. Last year, David Fear, Stephen Garrett, Tim Lowery, Joshua Rothkopf, and Keith Uhlich shared an expansive list of 57 films that the critics considered the “Best Los Angeles movies of all time.” 

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