COMMUNITY VOICES-Councilmember Monica Rodriguez makes Felipe Fuentes look like a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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GELFAND’S WORLD--Dare we hope that the moment of realization is upon us -- that Americans who have been in denial are beginning to accept the fact that global warming is here, that it is caused by human actions, and that something big needs to be done.

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GUEST WORDS--It’s the phrase “border security” that freezes my soul every time I hear it uttered, every time I see it in print — so simplistically obvious, the equivalent of keeping your door locked. Did you ever have your cellphone swiped? If you’re careless about this, you’ll pay the price.

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GELFAND’S WORLD--In considering these year-end wrap-ups, we move increasingly towards extending our deliberations to the two years of the Trump presidency. This makes sense, as it is an unprecedented time in American history.

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URBAN DISPARITIES-State Sen. Scott Wiener has introduced a new version of his housing bill that went down in flames last year, and while the current version, Senate Bill (SB) 50, includes more protection for renters, is still has the same basic flaws. 

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MY TURN--When a country’s major philosophy is the encouragement of capitalism, it opens the doors for both the good and bad.

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PLATKIN ON PLANNING-The old Urban Renewal. Urban renewal was the grand strategy of the Federal Government in the post-WWII war era to reconstruct large sections of American cities through local agencies, such as California’s Community Redevelopment Agencies.

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CAL MATTERS--The southeastern quadrant of Los Angeles County consists of dozens of small cities infamous for their self-dealing politics.

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FIRST PERSON--As much as artificial intelligence has rapidly evolved in the last few years to theoretically make communication easier, a rather opposite and counter intuitive reality of how this technology is actually being applied to not communicate has become a yet unaddressed reality.

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CORRUPTION WATCH--The Black Plague wiped out 25% of people in Europe in the mid-14th Century. That would be the same as 81 million Americans’ dying.  Since people did not understand how the plague spread from rats to humans via fleas, they had no idea how to protect themselves. 

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GUEST COMMENTARY--What does a State Assemblyman from Pasadena, a utility company, and the biggest fire in California history have in common?

About $10 billion dollars.

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DEEGAN ON LA-Los Angeles is known for many things: the beach, the movies, oil, the art of the personal makeover and reinvention, some of the best cuisine in the country, great art, endless ways to have fun, and even our gridlocked traffic are just the beginning. But, books? Libraries? 

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