GUEST COMMENTARY - Watch out when our elected officials stump for affordable housing. The results so far have been the reverse.
Supply and Demand and Los Angeles Housing Prices
THE VIEW FROM HERE - Dunning-Kruger refers to the situation where people with limited knowledge of a particular subject tend to over-estimate their ability to understand the subject.
Caruso’s Yacht Is Not In The Race
DEEGAN ON LA—-As rich a target it may seem to be, Rick Caruso’s yacht “Invictus” does not have a place on the starting line of the mayoral race.
The Good and Bad of the Debate - Charade
THE VIEW FROM HERE - First, The Bad: To no one’s surprise the debate-charade concealed Los Angeles’ core problem.
Cheap Gasoline or Expensive Gaslighting? Which Are Californian Consumers Getting?
THE DOCTOR IS IN - For two previous decades of grassroots/neighborhood council transportation advocacy, I (and so many others) watched in horror as a multimodal and environmental-friendly transportation/mobility program descended into a developer- and lobbyist-oriented money grab.
One Man’s Lonely Journey Through California’s Plan to End Homelessness
HOMELESS CRISIS - By the lone tent under the cement overpass, just visible from the Hollywood Freeway, Fernando Maya waited with several backpacks stuffed with clothes, electronics and food.
Lies, Damned Lies and Political Debates
LA MAYORAL ELECTION - Is there any among us so naive to think that the Los Angeles mayoral debate scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd will be anything more than a non-stop stream of BS? BS is too mild a term for the caca-doodoo which the candidates and the moderates throw at us.
Will The Real Lucille Ball Please Stand Up?
SHOW BIZ - “Scary Lucy,” the much-maligned statue of comedy legend Lucille Ball in her hometown of Celoron, New York, was just a brief blip on the cultural radar when a fan campaign demanding its removal went viral several years back
“Mary” Has Been Pushing An Empty Carriage Around My Neighborhood For 2 Weeks…
UNHOUSED - I’m @rooflesser and I live in public in LA.
A Transportation and Housing Plan Will Grow Jobs In LA
TRANSIT WATCH - Business will have to be shown that a good climate can be made for needed job growth here in Los Angeles.
LAPD Personnel Numbers Are Shrinking To Dangerous Levels
RantZ and RaveZ - The LAPD deployment of Patrol, Detectives, Administrative and support personnel is shrinking at an alarming rate with the number of experienced Police Officers retiring, moving to other law enforcement agencies and selecting professions that don’t require them to be armed and wear a bullet proof vest to remain alive and “Protect and Serve” the people of a community.
Crooked Lawyers, the DWP and Unraveling the Legal Scheme
THE EASTSIDER - The LA Times article said it all: Attorney awaiting sentencing in DWP case accuses Feuer of aiding extortion, perjury.
End L.A. and CA Focus on Trains: Need A Compromise on Transportation
THE DOCTOR IS IN - There is a wonderful, and very long-overdue, rail line that would serve southeast L.A. County communities (largely working-class Latinos) that was approved by Metro.
Can Housing Ever Be Affordable for LA’s Homeless?
HOUSING WATCH - Los Angeles voters approved Prop HHH in 2016 to allow the City to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to house the City’s homeless – a simple matter of building 10,000 units within ten years.
Once Again, L.A. City Planning Plays Fast and Loose With The Facts
CITY PLANNING - As California’s climate grows hotter and drier, fires have become increasingly common and more destructive.
L A Oligarchs and Moral Cowards Are Destroying Our City
THE VIEW FROM HERE - The underlying socio-political dynamics of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Garcetti’s Manhattanization of Los Angeles are essentially the same –
The Good Old Days…Weren’t That Good!
MY THOUGHTS - Nostalgia for the past is a given, especially by older generations.
Mass Transit Catechism is Bunk!
THE VIEW FROM HERE - Prelim Point: Inter-urban transit between cities and Intra-urban transit should not be confused.
Unlike the Ukraine, LA’s Urban Conflicts Get Little Media Coverage
PLANNING WATCH - The 1965 Watts and the 1972 citywide civil disturbances garnered a few days of media coverage.
Los Angeles Is A Microcosm Of California’s Housing Crisis
LA ZONING - California’s chronic housing shortage stems from specific shortfalls in several key elements needed to reach a level of construction that would relieve the crisis.
In L.A.’s Eastside, Hard Work Counts Less Than a Social Security Card
L.A. PANDEMIC FUNDS ANALYSIS - The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a slew of inequities, but for small businesses in Los Angeles and across the country, one of the most consequential involved access to credit.