TENANTS RIGHTS - The promising new tool in the fight to preserve affordable housing: a coalition of tenant unions.
The Deceased Eli Broad's Plan is Far From Defunct
EDUCATION WATCH - Poverty has increased in LAUSD post-covid. And in two board districts the late Eli Broad’s plan to transfer half of LAUSD into “charter school seats” is nearly fulfilled.
LA’s Lobbying Laws: It’s Your Turn To Speak Up
LA GOVERNMENT - Does the City of LA need to update its Municipal Lobbying Ordinance (MLO)? The Ethics Commission thinks so, and they’re proposing a number of amendments to the LA Municipal Code.
This Mayoral Candidate Can’t Lose
DEEGAN ON LA - Alex Gruenenfelder Smith is a big-tent, practical, Progressive running for Mayor, staking out room on the left-leaning spectrum for thoughtful reforms; preaching progress through supportable change, not by radically retooling how the city is managed.
Wrong Again Joe
LA POLITICS - You can always count on Buscaino to take advantage of somebody else’s misery.
Americans Are Obsessed With Inflation - What Really Drives It?
THE EASTSIDER – Just turn on the TV, or go online, it doesn’t make much difference.
A ‘Peculiar Mix of Ego and Insecurity’ Drives the Race for LA Mayor
LA MAYORAL RACE - Why does Los Angeles trust Sacramento and Washington more than it trusts itself?
LA’s Mayoral Candidates Huff And Puff, But Still Can’t Solve The Homeless Crisis
PLANNING WATCH - In last week’s Planning Watch column I explained why LA’s mayoral candidates are mum on the climate crisis.
Did Rick Caruso Stop Violent Crime as Head of the Police Commission?
THE VIEW FROM HERE - This involves the old adage, “figures don’t lie but liars can figure.”
LA: A City in Crisis
ACCORDING TO LIZ - There are seven candidates vying to fill some pretty big boots in the Office of the City Controller when Ron Galperin leaves later this year.
LA Major Crime Goes Up as LAPD Officers Shrink
RantZ and RaveZ - The Los Angeles Police Departments COMPSTAT (Crime Statistics) continue to show increases in major crimes as the number of LAPD Officers shrink to lower numbers month after month.
The Do-Or-Die Races In CD’s 1, 7 and 9
DEEGAN ON LA—A one and done election on June 7 will guarantee three councilmanic candidates a council seat.
Why Do All the Mayoral Candidates Adopt the Same Big Lie?
THE VIEW FROM HERE - They all falsely claim that Los Angeles has a housing shortage, when in reality we have tens of thousands more vacant units than homeless people.
THE ART OF_, An online Art Auction To Support Transgender/ Gender Diverse Youth And Youth Affected By HIV
CHARITY - As one of the nation’s most comprehensive providers of mental health and support programs for children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and transgender/gender diverse youth, The Laurel Foundation is thrilled to host its inaugural international online art auction, “The Art Of _,” from May 2 to May 13, 2022.
Why LA’s Mayoral Candidates Are So Mum On The Climate Crisis
PLANNING WATCH - Even though the local evidence for the climate crisis is overwhelming: a 12 month wildfire season, a megadrought, a water shortage, heat storms, and sea level rise -
Oscar’s Drama: “Will The Real Culprit Please Stand Up?”
THE VIEW FROM HERE - In the 1950's game show, To Tell The Truth, three contestants tried to fool a celebrity panel as to who had done something unusual or had a strange occupation.
LA’s Labor Movement Goes Back to the Future With Ambitious ‘People’s Project’
LABOR WATCH - When William Dudley “Big Bill” Haywood — future secretary-treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners and thorn in the side of mine owners west of the American Rockies —
What I Learned from Being Sent to LA County Jail
JAIL TIME - Just before I started graduate school, I was arrested and spent a night in jail.
Bondage at the Oscars
ENTERTAINMENT WATCH - If ever there were steps of power that need storming by an angry mob, they are those of the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Oscars Night.
Mayor Garcetti’s Vision Zero is a Bust
RantZ and RaveZ - Mayor Garcetti implemented “Vision Zero “ in 2015 to ELIMINATE traffic deaths on Los Angeles streets by 2025.
More Supply-Side Folly To Solve The Housing Crisis
PLANNING WATCH - Sometimes a cure is worse than the disease, especially supply-side/trickle-down solutions to the housing crisis,