CLIMATE POLITICS--I have a saying: it attempts to describe a part of the human condition, that seemingly human beings always know how to screw things up royally, it goes like this: there is no problem too great or too small that can’t be made worse by the proper application of the human mind.
REMEMBERING THE MISSION-UCLA is an institution with many moving parts. Something that goes under the radar, though: its side business ventures that don’t directly relate to its educational mission. In this series, staff columnist Mariah Furtek looks at how the blue-and-gold laden university’s often questionable cash grabs affect the campus and local community.
GUEST COMMENTARY-Dear Mr. Bertoni (photo above): As noted in my letter to the Mid-Wilshire Community, I have heard many concerns from the communities I serve regarding the current process and content of the Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plan (“Plan”). I am sending this letter to start a transparent and open dialogue about my concerns and vision regarding the Plan process and outcomes.
CALCULATING THE RISKS-Is impeachment the next step? In economics, there is a concept called “moral hazard.”
AS WE ALL WATCHED--I read recently that America was added to the list of countries most dangerous in the world for journalists.
@THE GUSS REPORT-The University of Southern California (USC) is struggling with how to present itself in these early innings of the college admissions scandal that grabbed so many recent national news headlines.
PLATKIN ON PLANNING-Traffic congestion in car-oriented Los Angeles is notoriously bad, and due to many separate decisions by City Hall, METRO, and the California State legislature, it will get worse.
GENDER POLITICS--Four states announced this past week that they will join California in not imposing the transgender military ban on their National Guards.
INCOME INEQUALITY-Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in April 2018. It’s been adapted for re-publication in April 2019.
ALPERN AT LARGE--Welcome to hell, everybody!
A young man who hated Jews, and who hated President Trump's pro-Jewish/Israel efforts, and who was likely inspired by the recent slaughter of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, just shot up a Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover. One dead, others wounded, and everyone in the area, if not the country, is understandably shook up.
DC DISPATCH-By most measures, Carlos Ghosn was a successful man. With a reputation for recapitalizing and restructuring several large multinational companies like Michelin and Renault, Ghosn amassed a fortune of over 100 million dollars over the course of his career.
EASTSIDER-Elizabeth Warren doesn’t talk like a typical politician. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t dress like a typical politician. It’s because Elizabeth Warren is not a typical politician. And maybe that’s a good thing.