@THE GUSS REPORT-2019 is young – still in the top of the first inning, if you will – yet LA City Hall has already had more than its fair share of awkward moments. 

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HOSTED BY BRETT SHEARS-- Our guest for this episode of the EmpowerLA Podcast is Ken Draper, a founding Board Member from the Mid City West Community Council and Editor-Publisher for LA’s most notorious watchdog, CityWatch.

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MUST READ-In recent decades, I have been one of those celebrating the power of urbanism: the capacity of cities and towns to create economic dynamism, expanded life choices, opportunities for active living, and healthier, more resource-efficient lifestyles.

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CAPITAL & MAIN--It’s over. Following a 21-hour, all-night bargaining marathon, United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner appeared with Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday morning, the sixth day of the L.A. teachers’ walkout, to announce a tentative settlement of the first Los Angeles teachers strike in 30 years. 

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CONNECTING CALIFORNIA--The county sheriff is the problem child among California elected officials. No office is less accountable, or more reliable in producing scandal.

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DEEGAN ON LA-High tech will step up in 2019 to help make life a little easier for the homeless in LA, thanks to a new app called “Get Help for Homeless.” It will give first responders in Los Angeles access to medical, mental health, recovery and shelter resources for homeless people. 

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-By last week, We the People had deteriorated to a state of FUBI or F’d Up Beyond Imagination.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Being homeless is NOT a crime, but it is a sad state of human affairs, and really has no place in a modern, civilized nation such as ours. That said, urinating and defecating and breaking into a person's yard and/or home certainly IS. 

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CAL MATTERS--Mention Pacific Gas & Electric to Victor Porter, and the response is nothing like the bland non-opinion most Americans have of the companies that provide their electricity. (Photo above: Erin Brockovich speaks to Paradise wildfire victims.)

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GELFAND’S WORLD--It's been a demanding year. We've had several of the worst brush fires in the history of California. In the northern part of the state, the death toll has been astonishing, at more than 80 in one incident.

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ALL THAT MONEY CAN’T BUY-Imagine you were the most powerful person in the world for a second. Yes, really. What would you do?

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NEW GEOGRAPHY--The decisions by Amazon and Google to expand into the New York area have led some pundits to claim that the nation’s high-tech economic future will be shaped in dense urban areas.

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