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CAL MATTERS--Gun control, school spending, curbs on greenhouse gases: With Democrats holding more power at the Capitol than they’ve had since the 19th century, California’s legislative pipeline is full this year with big, blue-state ideas.

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EASTSIDER-Back in January, the Durazo/Carillo/DeLeon/Gomez State Democratic Party Establishment (under the title of Working Progressives) beat the actual non-establishment United Progressive Democrats big time.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50 shows that Corruptionism by any other name still sinks. Like its horrid predecessor, SB 1818, Affordable Housing, SB 50 has nothing to do with quality of life. Likewise, Los Angeles City Council density advocates care naught for quality of life.  

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EVICTION … ANOTHER WORD FOR GOODBYE--Joe Ryes was homeless and living on the streets for five months in Los Angeles when he died of a heart attack on August 20, 2018. He was 56 years old. After he died Los Angeles City Council held a moment of silence in his honor.  

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Last night, a group of ethnically, politically, and socioeconomically diverse individuals discussed briefly what to do with the segment of the northern side of the 405 freeway along Venice Blvd.

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CLIMATE POLITICS--Los Angeles just launched its very own Green New Deal, setting up the second-largest city in the country to have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

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BCK FILE--Saturday, congregants in Poway, California’s Congregation Chabad, north of San Diego, gathered to celebrate the last day of Passover, the Jewish Festival of Freedom.

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PRESERVE LA--Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A.’s most respected political figure of this generation, today condemned Senate Bill 50 — an unprecedented attempt by the state legislature to end single-family housing and transform California’s residential streets into tall multi-family rental towers.

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PLATKIN ON PLANNING-Senate Bill 50, Scott Wiener's proposed “More Housing” bill, is barreling through the California State Senate in Sacramento.

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SB 50 BATTLE--In an interview with NBC4’s Conan Nolan, former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky spoke about the status of SB 50’s impact on Los Angeles. SB 50, proposed by Senator Scott Wiener, has passed out of the Senate Housing and Governance and Finance Committees thus far. SB 50 will allow increased development densities and loosen zoning restrictions not just near transit stops but extends to basically every significant bus line in the LA basin.

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ANIMAL WATCH-New figures were just released and Los Angeles is still the No. 2 city in the nation in dog attacks on U.S. Postal mail carriers, as LA Animal Services GM  Brenda Barnette, Councilmen Paul Koretz and the puppet LA Animal Services’ Commission move toward increasing the three-dog-per-property limit in order to dump more “challenged” Pit-Bull-type dogs in adoptive homes that believe the Best Friends' claim that the Pit Bull Terrier is a Nanny Dog. 

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NEW GEOGRAPHY--It’s far too early to predict which party will win next year’s election, but not too early to announce the national media as a clear loser in terms of national influence and prestige.

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