Yolie Flores Aguilar: Where Los Angeles Schools Go From Here

Yolie Flores Aguilar, Los Angeles School Board member and long-time children’s advocate, thinks that the city’s school system will implode if something dramatic isn’t done—and soon. The ouster of Superintendent David Brewer is a regrettable, but necessary part of that change, in her view. Last weekend, we reported Brewer’s views on his ouster and the [...]

Barack Obama’s Latest Appointees

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Some have looked at the list of Obama’s latest appointees and said that Obama has thrown his supporters under the bus. Others say his selections are nothing less than masterful. We, at the LA Progressive, have decided not to weigh in. . .yet. Instead of giving you our opinion, we’ve compiled a list of the [...]

Can You Feel The Ship Turning?

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In the run-up to Election Day, when Barack Obama’s history-making victory wasn’t exactly a sure thing, our local congressman urged persistence and optimism. “We’ve got a big ship there in Washington, with a lot of right-wing momentum pushing it forward,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra on a sultry August evening, speaking to our Democratic club here [...]

Colin Powell Pulls No Punches

Yesterday Barack Obama spoke at a rally in St. Louis, Missouri attracting 100,000 people. Awesome! And this morning on Meet the Press, Colin Powell gave an eloquent empassioned declaration of support for Barack Obama. Powell’s message is unequivocal. We must do all we can do to get out the vote. Dick and I are spending [...]

President and Vice President Elect

President and Vice President Elect, that’s what we’ll be calling these gentlemen in less than 20 days — That is, of course, if we all do our part. It is arguably more crucial to “Get Out The Vote” this campaign season than at any other time in recent American history. Although the Obama-Biden ticket is [...]

Election Day Propositions, Candidates, Judges and More

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Election Day is less than a month away. We’ve all heard more than enough about Sarah “Pitbull” Palin but most of us still aren’t sure how to vote on many of the propositions, judicial candidates, assembly seats, and other races right here in California. November 2, 2010 UPDATE HERE The LA Progressive has pulled together [...]

Finding Your Way on this Site

If you’d like to access the articles more quickly, one good way to find your way to of all our articles is to use our Archives page and the “Months” links. Click here to see November Articles September Articles October Article August Articles July Articles June Articles

Folks, You’re Going to Have to Do Better

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Last week, you nailed Barack’s vice presidential pick — Joe Biden — when fully 41% got it right. But this week? Wow, not so much. Only five of the 150 of you who took the survey wrote in the right answer — Alaska’s Sarah Palin – and a couple of those votes came long after [...]

What’s Next?

This week’s three-question LA Progressive survey asks these questions: Who will John “Three Dollar Bill” McCain pick for his Veep? Who will be the first woman president of the United States? Who will be the next governor of California? You can take the survey now, by clicking here. You can see the results as they [...]

Survey Results: You Nailed It!

In the first of our weekly three-question surveys, you nailed Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate. Fully 41%–or 105 of the 256 of you who had responded by Saturday evening–picked the long-time Delaware senator, confirming what many in the mainstream media had been indicating as the week wore on. Hillary Clinton [...]

A Watershed Election Year

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The several political or at least politically tinged events we attended this week showed us that the momentum for change is running fever pitch here in Los Angeles. Clearly, chickens have come home to roost for the woeful Bush Administration and the failed right-wing policies supporting it. Democratic candidates up and down the slate stand [...]

Indicting Bush in Venice

George "Smirking Monkey" Bush

Where else but Venice, California, would you go to hear an outraged crank argue for indicting the sitting president of the United States for murder in a gymnasium packed to the gills with wild-eyed radicals cheering his every charge? Which is exactly what we did this past Wednesday, except the crank was no crank, but [...]

Barack’s Sister Brings the Heat to El Sereno

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Addressing a largely Latino audience in East Los Angeles yesterday, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng shared stories about her childhood with her older brother, Barack Obama, and the effect he has had on her life. Held in El Sereno’s Hecho en Mexico restaurant, the event drew more than a hundred enthusiastic community activists, local elected officials, and [...]

Vice Presidential Survey Results

Coming out of the long and hard-fought Democratic presidential primary campaign, Senator Hillary Clinton topped this week’s survey as the candidate who most of you believe would be the strongest running mate for Barack Obama, garnering 22.1% of the 307 LA Progressive readers who responded to our poll this week. Click here to see the [...]

We’re Thrilled!

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Although Sharon flirted briefly with Clinton and Dick looked hard at Edwards, we came out early and strongly for Barack Obama, making our cases just before California’s January primary here and here. Through the spring, we worked a bit on the Obama campaign and continued our full support here on the LA Progressive. As we’re [...]

See How You All Would Bring the Primary to a Conclusion

On April 27, Dick and I conducted two separate surveys, both concerning your opinion of how the Democratic Party should bring this primary race to a conclusion. You might be asking why we ran two surveys. To be perfectly honest, the reason we ran two is because we couldn’t agree on the framing of the [...]

Update on JPL Intrusive Background Check Case

Dr. Robert Nelson

On Friday April 25, 2008, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review its earlier decision issuing a temporary injunction preventing NASA and the California Institute of Technology from conducting intrusive personal background investigations of employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The government had petitioned all of the judges of the Ninth [...]

Obama Support Grows among Progressives

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A funny thing happened on our way to discussing possible Democratic vice- presidential candidates. The presidential nomination race intruded, bringing news that our progressive audience has moved firmly and dramatically behind one candidate — Barack Obama. Click here to see bar charts.

Why We Support Barack Obama

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America needs a Democrat in the White House who can transform our country for years to come the way Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy once did. We believe Barack Obama can best unite, inspire, and transform America and here’s why. Since the advent of Ronald Reagan’s “Smell the Coffee” Administration nearly three decades [...]

Garamendi Coy in Altadena

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Speaking before supporters in Altadena this week, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tiptoed lightly around talk of running for governor of California next time around. “We’ll have an announcement about that in January,” he said, though the reception was titled “Garamendi—2010” and nobody present stuck their fifty bucks in the envelope to support his run for [...]

Kevin de Leon Hits the Ground Running

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As a first-time elected official, Assemblymember Kevin de Leon stepped into a big job this year. Named Assistant Majority Floor Leader at the start of his first term, Kevin supported the Assembly Democratic leadership team of Speaker Fabian Nunez and Majority Floor Leader Karen Bass in dealing with over 1,000 bills in his first term [...]

Portantino Reflects on His First Year in the California Assembly

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In May 2006, the Northeast Democratic Club endorsed Anthony Portantino as its choice for the 44th Assembly District seat being vacated by Carol Liu, who had termed out. In the June 2006 primary, Portantino was selected as the Democratic Party candidate in the general election, and in the November 2006 general election, he captured 58.3% [...]

A Cab Ride with Xavier Becerra

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War, trade policy, immigration, and the need to show voters that government has a role to play and solutions that work were much on Congressman Xavier Becerra’s mind on a recent cab ride to the airport from Capitol Hill. In response to survey results asking for more contact with officeholders representing Northeast Los Angeles, we [...]

Fighting for Fair Wages

Maria Elena Durazo and Judy Chu

Fighting for Fair Wages While the subject of the vanishing middle class has gained traction in recent years, there is an equally unnerving phenomenon that is keeping step even though it doesn’t get quite the same level of attention. That’s the plight of the working poor. Until recently, the term “working poor” did not have [...]

Healing the Black-Brown Divide

African American and Latino Communities Must Unite. Traditional allies and friends in a common struggle for equal opportunity, the African American and Latino communities of Los Angeles have grown apart in recent years. Where once blacks and browns stood shoulder to shoulder in the decades-long fight to correct the social injustices they both faced and [...]

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