PLATKIN ON PLANNING-The first efforts to prime the media pumps for a giant real estate giveaway program, California Senator Scott Wiener’s proposed Senate Bill 50, also dubbed the Son of SB 827 or SB 827 2.0, are out of the gate. So far, the arguments marshalled to bolster Wiener’s legislation fall flat, as I explain below. 

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BCK FILE--Last Friday’s Florida massage parlor prostitution sting operation that had netted Patriots owner Robert Kraft may have been the talk around the water cooler.

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DEEGAN ON LA-How much does it cost in campaign contributions for a developer to get the special approvals they want from a City Councilmember, a member of the council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee, or even the Mayor?

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OTHER WORDS-As the sister of a brother lost to an opioid overdose, Trump’s claim that we need a border wall in order to keep drugs out is offensive to me on multiple levels. Fact checkers also report that his claims are not true — a border wall would not keep drugs out of our country. 

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@THE GUSS REPORT-Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday finally scrubbed down fetid conditions surrounding LA City Hall that led to a rat and flea infestation believed to have sparked a recent typhus outbreak. 

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ALPERN AT LARGE--As someone who both co-sponsored the motion of a six-month, transparent, input-oriented Venice Blvd. road diet about two years ago, and who played a key advisory role to enabling the late and brash-talking Bill Rosendahl come out of nowhere to become CD11 Councilmember, I'm pretty sure Bill would have the following to say about the Venice Blvd. Road Diet suddenly on the LA Transportation Committee agenda:  

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CANNABIS WATCH-The City of Los Angeles has long endured questions surrounding its elusive Phase 3 licensing process for cannabis businesses.

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EASTSIDER-There are two amazing things about our very own Ken Draper. One is that it is just possible that he is older than I am. The other is that way, way back when the Charter Amendment creating the Neighborhood Council System was passed, Ken Draper and Greg Nelson were there advocating and nurturing the new system. Making sure it would work.

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HEALTH POLITICS--over the last year, Americans have seen some of the worst measles outbreaks in decades. The once-eradicated disease is now endangering the health and lives of people from New York to Washington, where the governor recently declared a state of emergency.

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GELFAND’S WORLD--Los Angeles city government functions in a strange way. We have the usual departments like Water and Power and Recreation & Parks, but each is overseen by something called a commission.

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JOBS AND ENVIRONMENT PACKAGE (VIDEO)-The City Council Voted unanimously this week to officially support the ambitious and necessary goals of the #GreenNewDeal. 

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CAL MATTERS--In his two years on the job, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has crafted an image as a progressive warrior, suing the Trump Administration dozens of times and delivering the Democrats’ Spanish-language rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union speech.

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