Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Urban farming is taking root because it makes sense. It conserves dwindling water supplies, makes little plots of land productive, reduces food bills, provides healthy produce free of salmonella and chemicals and gets people off the couch and in motion.

The Beginning of the End of Competing Newspapers in LA

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Ron Kaye: The corporate rules of journalism sucked the life out of newspapering, eliminating the kind of robust wars when there 12 newspapers in New York, eight in LA, six in Chicago with multiple owners and very different points of view.

Reinventing Journalism: The Emerging New World Order of News

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Ron Kaye: If you’re reading this, you know what a revolution is taking place in how we get our news and information because of the Internet. It’s energizing and liberating to play a small part in it on TV, on my blog and on my community-based news site OurLA.org which brings together citizen and professional journalism to tell the story of LA’s political and civic culture.

The Living Wage, Affordable Housing, Subsidies, Public Works, and the Myth of Job Creation

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Ron Kaye: Antonio Villaraigosa once held the promise of being the leader who could bring us to this promised land. Maybe he still can but not as long as keeps on looking to enrich his friends and allies at the expense of others, not as long as keeps looking for his next job, not as long as travels the world rather than attending to his duties, not as long as he keeps thinking the people are fools who will fall for hollow promises.

Antonio and the Fine Art of Political Seduction

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The mayor’s first road-show appearance selling his hypothetical $7 billion city budget took me around the corner Thursday afternoon to Providence Tarzana Medical Center where I kibbitzed with leaders of VICA and the United Chambers waiting for the inevitably late Antonio to arrive. Suddenly, as the program began with introductions, someone grabbed me from behind […]

Antonio’s State of the City: Can’t We All Get Along — It’s Now or Never

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Here’s my favorite line from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “State of the City” speech Tuesday: “When challenges seem daunting, it’s always helpful to recall the old Japanese proverb: ‘Adversity is the foundation of virtue.’ ” My personal favorite proverb comes from my mother: “Actions speak louder than words.” I’ve been struggling since last night to put […]

A Year Without a Newspaper — The Best Year of My Life

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Exactly one year ago Saturday I was fired as Editor of the Daily News, the newspaper I devoted 23 years of my life to, and like everybody else who worked there during that time, endured just about everything imaginable to be able to keep my job and put out the best newspaper I could for […]

Scandal City: Betraying Kids, Ripping off the Public, Going Broke . . . LA’s Bad Karma

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“Padilla, now a state senator, did not return phone calls Thursday” — Daily News. The fiasco of the LA Children’s Museum is now visible for all to see, a tragedy that began with then City Council President Alex Padilla’s demand — that everyone in power went along with — to locate what was supposed to […]

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