PLATKIN ON PLANNING-You don’t need to be a lobbyist for the real estate industry to realize that the entire country, especially Los Angeles, is in the midst of a housing crisis.

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EIGHT MOST READ - ANIMAL WATCH-Judge Shellie Samuels is a tough lady with obvious empathy for animals and a staunch lack of tolerance for defendants’ failure to obey court orders.

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EIGHT MOST READ - GELFAND’S WORLD--The 2018 neighborhood council congress has come and gone, an event in which we were treated to views that were outrageous, insightful, carefully thought out, and sometimes all of the above.

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GUEST WORDS--The government of the greatest country the world has ever known, the wealthiest, most powerful nation on the planet: closed until further notice.

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FURTHER--If you were hoping our lunatic village idiot miraculously grew a brain or soul for the new year: Sorry. After weeks of sulking and skulking around the White House - "I was all by myself in the White House. 

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EIGHT MOST READ - PERSPECTIVE-In April of this year, the Los Angeles City Council declared an emergency shelter crisis, and Mayor Eric Garcetti followed up by announcing “A Bridge Home,” a new initiative intended to fast-track the construction of temporary homeless shelters.

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EIGHT MOST READ - Platkin on Planning:  LA may be another city in decline, but at least we know what awaits us when we near the bottom: 

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DC DISPATCH--Perhaps lost in the recent news cycles, obstructed by the 24/7 Trump-Tweet buzz, was that the discredited cultural experiment of national alcohol prohibition reached the 85th anniversary of its dissolution.

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CANCELLED--If this undisguised reality series played by Hollywood rules, it would have already been canceled. The President Trump show has failed to grow its audience, and the reviews, even from the mildly sympathetic, are consistently bad. 

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EIGHT MOST READ -  The CalPERS Board is failing to act as the fiduciaries of we the beneficiaries, when it comes to running their own organization.

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EIGHT MOST READ - DEEGAN ON LA-While cut through traffic, especially during rush hours, is disrupting neighborhoods cutthroat like, it appears that community voices have not cut into the official City Hall conversation, and there’s an easy solution for that: it’s called a Community Impact Statement. 

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OTHER WORDS--As I reflect on the controversies that plagued the Trump administration throughout 2018, the unforeseen political power plays that shocked our nation, and the party stalemates that unfolded like a suspense thriller between Democrats and Republicans, I must admit that I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the finale. 

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