THE EASTSIDER - “Kevin de León has spent his life as an educator, activist, and community organizer.
The Race for City Controller. A Battle of the Un-Fittest.
GUEST COMMENTARY - Residents of the City of Los Angeles have been spoiled for the last eight years. Ron Galperin has been the most effective City Controller we’ve had in modern times.
A Discussion About Un-Empower LA (DONE)
THE EASTSIDER - Last Saturday the LANCC (Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition) met in a hybrid Congress, including a Panel of CityWatch authors, including yours truly.
Neighborhood Councils: Grievances Filed But Often No Action Taken
GUEST OP/ED - The City of Los Angeles is home to nearly 4,000,000 residents.
Gaslighting AD52: Mia Livas Porter Is Actually The “Better Democrat”
GUEST COMMENTARY - Sometimes it’s clear whom we’re “supposed” to vote for. But on what basis do we decide?
Socialists Rising in Los Angeles
GUEST COMMENTARY - The Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has emerged as the clear winner of the city’s June 7 primary in the weeks since ballot counting began.
Lawsuit Calls for Removal of City Clerk from Carson Race — Court Denies Petition
ELECTION WATCH - Carson politics this election cycle may prove to be the most contested yet, as legal challenges fly with the aim of removing candidates from the ballot.
The League of California Cities' Annual Conference Was a Dud
GUEST COMMENTARY - The League of California Cities (aka CalCities) annual conference last week was a great one if you’re a fan of swag.
Future of Scholl Canyon Landfill on Glendale City Council's Tuesday Agenda
ACCORDING TO LIZ - The agenda for the Glendale City Council meeting on Tuesday is now addressing the bigger picture issue of “the Future of the Scholl Canyon Landfill” – and, yes, it’s capitalized like this.
Candidate Abramson Wants to Minimize Barriers to Affordable Housing
DEEGAN ON LA—A change in climates—not only in the atmosphere, but also in the land use and housing dockets—are highlights of candidate Louis Abramson in his State Assembly campaign.
Another Chance to Stop the Glendale Biogas Project
ACCORDING TO LIZ - Head’s up! The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Glendale City Council has changed. The purchase of equipment for the proposed Biogas Plant has been replaced by a bigger picture vote on when to close the Scholl Canyon dump. You can download the agenda here.
Political Party Preferences Play Heavily In LA Mayoral, CD-11 Races
CD11 FILE - In what is officially a non-partisan campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles as well as a seat on the LA City Council, the two Democratic progressives are making gains with voters and residents as they stress their democratic credentials in this race to succeed outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti and the retiring Councilmember Mike Bonin.
The Demise of Beacon Street And Beyond
SOUTH PACIFIC AVE - When I first arrived in San Pedro, the local chamber of commerce celebrated the demolition of old Beacon Street with a federally-funded urban renewal project and the town came out and celebrated with a street party.
Once Again City Hall Ignores NC’s and the City Charter
CD10 FILE - The attempted rush to approve an interim city council member for the 10th district is a slap in the face to neighborhood councils, but it’s their fault that it happened.
Goodbye To My Muse, Ken Draper
THE EASTSIDER - I’ll never forget a LANCC meeting at LA City College, back in the early 2000’s. Ken Draper was there, handing out printed CityWatch newspapers.
The State of the Homeless in LA County and LAHSA
THE EASTSIDER - This time we’re going to take a look at LAHSA (the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority), a joint City/County entity seeking to go beyond LA City’s interest in getting the homeless off the streets, and purporting to transition them into recentering society.
CeSP Neighborhood Council President Resigns
CD 15 - On Aug. 13, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council President Lou Caravella resigned as both president and board member.
CD 10: Merry-Go-Round. A Soap Opera
GUEST COMMENTARY - It all started in March of 2020 when Mark Ridley-Thomas couldn't gather enough votes to win in the primary election and was forced into a contentious runoff with attorney Grace Yoo.
Understanding the Agendas of South LA’s Political Power Players
CD 10 FILE - In February of this year I wrote for this publication an article entitled “Nury Martinez’ Power Grab on The Backs of South LA Residents Must Be Stopped.”
Construction on Coronado Street Without Permits
GUEST COMMENTARY - “On Monday, July 18 at 7:00 a.m., I heard a loud noise like a rapid and continuous breaking of concrete.
The State of the Homeless in LA City Councildom
THE EASTSIDER - Our politicians have been either demonizing or pretending to ‘help’ the homeless in LA for quite a while.