DC DISPATCH-The inherent conflict between labor and management is a timeless struggle that America has grappled with since the Industrial Revolution.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--A sad and outraged nation is all up in arms and shocked (Shocked, I tell you, just shocked!) that Empire actor Jussie Smollett--an actor and Trump-hater extraordinaire--is guilty of a phony, made-up hoax to either keep his job, get more money, and perhaps just a continuation of a mentally-ill modus operandi that this man has done before. 

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MY TURN-If you think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is new to the political scene, you are only half correct. “AOC” as she is known on social media pages is part of what is being called “fauxgressives” who have been carefully planning a takeover of the Democratic Party for a few years.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--I was, still am, and always will be a promoter of high-speed rail, if not higher-speed rail, when it works and makes cost-effective sense.

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RANTZ & RAVEZ-The current situation at Los Angeles City Hall is interesting, very suspicious, possibly criminal and an overall embarrassment for many of LA’s elected officials, as well as for those of us who pay to keep City Hall running: the taxpayers. 

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CALMATTERS- “Gaslight” was a 1938 British play, set in the 1880s, about a man who manipulates his wife into believing she is going insane to suppress her suspicions about crimes he is committing. 

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ANIMAL WATCH-Based upon the Best Friends Animal Society announcement last year that LA Animal Services' shelters were almost "no kill" and the entire U.S. is moving toward that same goal by 2025, veterinarians should be anticipating a positive future with increased clientele and revenue and a growing demand for quality pet care.

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TRANSIT TALK-The excuse is given repeatedly: some will not ride buses or trains because they do not feel safe. They are afraid. Yet, they seem to have no second-thoughts about driving. 

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INSIDE INGLEWOOD--Is Inglewood Mayor James Butts following the shaky steps of LA Councilman Jose Huizar as it relates to having an intimate relationship with his staffer?

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-At first glance the question seems incongruous. Publisher Sutton called for the KKK to ride again at night, slaying socialists and communists. "Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there," Sutton wrote. By “up there,” Sutton meant Washington D.C. 

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BCK FILE--California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has become one of President Trump’s most formidable legal opponents since Trump took office and he does not appear to be slowing down.

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VOICES-There are plenty of people in LA who want to see housing costs come down. Anybody who's renting an apartment or looking to buy a home in the area has felt the sting of sky-high prices.

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