Bye, Bye, Baca

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Baca Resigns — Baca’s failure to acknowledge the problem at its core had become the key impediment to its reform.

LA’s Homeless on the Move

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Joseph Mailander: These days, when I walk the boulevards of Hollywood, I often see homeless and indigent types being coaxed by guards hired by business improvement districts to get up off the sidewalk and to start on their way to somewhere else. But where are they heading?

ACLU Chapter Integrates Eagle Rock Community

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Sarah Corsa: The chapter aims to incorporate community members and organizations from the Eagle Rock area into their events and activities, acting as a hybrid that connects the surrounding area, professors and students.

Baca Held Liable for L.A. County Jail Violence

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Hector Villagra: A federal jury’s decision earlier this month to hold Sheriff Lee Baca personally liable for the savage beating of an inmate provides yet more proof of the deep-seated culture of violence in Los Angeles County’s jails.

On Being Homeless in Venice

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Brian Connolly: Through all this, there are unmistakable acts of kindness. There is this rich blonde woman and a well-dressed brown-haired man in fine clothes who’ll jump out of their limo with cookies, one time with a beef stroganoff dish.

Will Walmart Kill Chinatown?

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Steven Mikulan: Walmart’s potentially devastating impact on more than 30 mom and pops will have “a ripple effect” in Walmart, leaving many boarded-up stores that will scare off investors and tourists alike.

LAPD Traps Anti-War Marchers, Arrests Two

After rallying in Pershing Square, anti-war demonstrators began marching through downtown. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

Dan Bluemel: “They locked us in like dogs,” he said. “No restrooms, no hygiene facilities, no food, no cold water — it’s probably 93 degrees out here today — and then they make us wait there for an hour.”

No More Baca

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Patrisse Cullors: The attitude of indifference and denial that Sheriff Baca exhibits toward the people whose welfare he is in charge is unacceptable.

Los Angeles Without Angelenos

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Joe Mathews: Angelenos are, fundamentally and literally, a city of losers. We are people, or descendants of people, who lost at politics, commerce, love, family, or religion someplace else.

How Trayvon Plays in Inglewoodland

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Teka-Lark Fleming: In Inglewood you rarely see any political action. You don’t see even really calm ones where people invite their mother to follow them along and honk.

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