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.

Villaraigosa: The Myth of The Progressive Mayor

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Robert Skeels: While Villaraigosa disappointed supporters and failed to deliver any progressive policies whatsoever, he was hardly a failure to those he really serves. Indeed, for developers, real estate tycoons, billionaires, and school privatization profiteers, Villaraigosa’s eight year reign was a smashing success.

25 Ideas for Mayor Garcetti

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Peter Dreier: A successful mayor and council cannot be satisfied with merely coping as issues arise, but must be able to anticipate and define the city´s needs for the next four years. As our newly elected leaders prepare for their roles, we´ve asked writers to share their thoughts about what lies ahead for Los Angeles.

How Eric Garcetti Won

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Randy Shaw: Garcetti kept the progressive base he earned from this City Council record and combined it with conservative San Fernando Valley voters angry at the Valley-based Greuel for her campaign receiving million of dollars from unions representing Department of Water and Power workers.

The Get Money Out Campaign

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Lauren Windsor: Prop C is a fitting rollout for Get Money Out. Voters of Los Angeles, join your city council and put your money where your mouth is. On Tuesday, May 21, vote yes on Proposition C!

Why I Support Eric Garcetti

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Jan Tucker: With Wendy Greuel’s track record, I have no confidence whatsoever in her ability to make the right choices for administration and public policy in Los Angeles. I have the confidence in Eric Garcetti that something will get done

Budget Shocker: L.A. Shows $119 Million Surplus

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Gary Cohn: The reasons for Los Angeles’ comparatively good financial condition include a legal groundwork laid years ago that required specific funding safeguards, recent give-backs from public sector unions and an improving economy.

How Los Angeles Wrestles with Mass Incarceration

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Dick Price: With jails straining to absorb thousands of prison inmates, jailhouse guard-on-inmate beatings grabbing headlines, and public concern rising about possible spikes in crime rates, public safety issues have Angelenos of all stripes scrambling for answers.

LA River Revitalization: A City Rediscovers Its Flow

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Jack Eidt: The Los Angeles River, once the fount of life for generations of people and wildlife, had been turned into a 51-mile cement flood control gulch splashed with reclaimed wastewater, storm drain puddles of lawn fertilizer, soapsuds and plastic bags.

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