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

Help Crush Citizens United — May 11

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On May 21, Los Angeles voters will have the chance to weigh in on the question of overturning Citizens United through a constitutional amendment. And if Prop C passes, Los Angeles will be the largest jurisdiction to approve a resolution to overturnCitizens United.

A Sabbath Against Gun Violence

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Deborah Gitell: It is clear the only way to put an end to this non sensical violence is by coalition building. Personally, I was uplifted to stretch beyond my own comfort zone, and attend another’s faith services.

Put Citizens United on the Ballot in Los Angeles

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Lauren Windsor: Join the Money Out/Voters In Coalition and California Common Cause on Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00 am for the City Council meeting to ask the LA City Council to place this on the ballot:

Gil Garcetti Speaking, Jim Kweskin Band Performing “Moving Forward With Obama” Gala in Mt Washington – Sunday, September 23

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Gil Garcetti, who remarkably transitioned from 32 years of public service as a prosecutor (eight as L.A.’s District Attorney) to a second career as a distinguished artist-photographer, author and philanthropist, will be among the speakers at the September 23 “Pushing Forward With Obama” gala fundraiser in Mt Washington.

Closing LA’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: What Were They Smoking?

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Jon Zerolnick: Reportedly, some of the negative effects of marijuana use are paranoia, magical thinking and faulty decision-making. Who, today, is exhibiting those symptoms? Just sayin’.

Chalk Walk Protesters Rebuff Villaraigosa

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Cheryl Aichele: Apparently, the City believes their chalking event is legal because they had a permit. However, the box the chalk comes in seems to encourage what the Mayor calls criminal behavior.

Stop-and-Frisk Citizen Journalists

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Sharon Kyle: Do citizens have a right to monitor the behavior of law enforcement? What about citizen journalists? The case of citizen Joseph “Jazz” Hayden may be one of police retaliation. What do you think?

Los Angeles City Hall: Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening

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Stephen Box: Veterans of the bureaucratic jungle typically develop tracker instincts that allow them to monitor the subtle signs of City Hall activity and stay informed of impending actions on behalf of the people.

Los Angeles City Hall: Too Many Departments, Not Enough Light Bulbs

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Stephen Box: If there is a budget crisis in Los Angeles, it is because too many departments are protecting their siloed turf while the residents of LA wonder why it takes so many departments to change so few light bulbs.

Is This “The Year of the Neighborhood” for LA?

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Stephen Box: City Hall stands tall as if a neighborhood unto itself, requiring communities to trek downtown to participate while other cities take their municipal show on the road.

We are Women March and Rally — Los Angeles

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On Saturday, April 28th, We Are Women is joining together united in solidarity with all women to make a loud and clear statement that women must be treated as equals deserving dignity and the right to decisions dealing with their own healthcare.

Chinatown Fight’s Still On: Groups Appeal Walmart Permits

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart’s unexpected opposition to its Chinatown plans has been a game changer—altering the pace, momentum, and outcome of the fight.

LA City Council Redistricting: What Price Belligerence?

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Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?

Decriminalizing Truancy in LA’s School System

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In what parallel universe does a low-income student, a homeless student or a student in foster care afford a $250 ticket for truancy?

Occupy to Save a 79-Year-Old Retired School Teacher’s Home

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OCCUPY TO SAVE A 79-Year-Old Retired School Teacher’s HOME As Senator and Council Ask for Responsible Banks, Occupy LA Focuses on Foreclosures* Los Angeles – Wednesday, members of Occupy LA will be occupying the foreclosed South Central home of Mrs. Faith Parker, a 79-year-old retired school teacher, who fights eviction as a result of Bank [...]

LA City Council Shames the U.S. Supreme Court

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On the issue of corporate personhood, is the Los Angeles City Council smarter than the United States Supreme Court?  Incredibly, Yes! Last week in a huge victory for Angelenos, the Los Angeles City Council voted against the 2010 Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case that found that corporations were entitled to the same rights [...]

LA First Major City on “Move to Amend” Bandwagon

Move to Amend LA co-chairs Mary Beth Fielder and Daniel Lee savor their victory at the press conference afterwards.

Michael R. Evans: Los Angeles became the first major city to call for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood as a City Council resolution passed unanimously before hundreds of enthusiastic local residents

LA Fights to End Corporate Personhood

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Los Angeles Poised to Be the First Major U.S. City to Call for an End to Corporate Personhood. Grassroots Momentum Builds Toward Passage of Vote on December 6th

Los Angeles Occupy Encampment Still Stands

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Sharon Kyle: Occupy encampments across the country have had bad encounters with police. Many Occupy encampments are being cleared out. But so far, Occupy LA stands – for now.

What’s in a Label?

Nick Antonicello: Political labels do matter. That’s why Hahn has moved to the left in this effort to become politically acceptable to grass roots activists and rank & file party members.

Mimicking Marcy

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Nick Antonicello: The Winograd message is being hijacked, lifted and repackaged by two centrists in Hahn & Bowen who’ve never had to clearly explain to Democrats what they truly stand for in any previous party contest.

LA City’s Arizona Boycott Needs Teeth

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Javier Gonzalez: It is unconscionable that a city as diverse as Los Angeles claims to be so progressive yet chose to pass a resolution condemning and boycotting Arizona it perhaps never intended to follow through on.

Election Results March 2011

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Election results for the March 8, 2011 election in Los Angeles are almost completely tallied. The results shown here were obtained from the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. As newer information becomes available, this post will be updated. Check here for continuing updates.

Council Contenders Jose Huizar, Rudy Martinez Play Croquet

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Dick Price: A woman in the seat behind us said this was the dirtiest campaign she’d seen since Antonio Villaraigosa challenged Nick Pacheco for this same CD-14 City Council seat nearly a decade ago. “But that’s how politics goes in Northeast LA,” she said.

Elections Should Be Won Not Bought

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Brad Parker: As President of Valley Democrats United and a board member of the California Clean Money Action Fund, I’m asking you to join our club in considering endorsing an important and exciting campaign finance reform measure on the upcoming March 8th Los Angeles city ballot, Measure H. Measure H is a Fair Elections measure that would rein in pay-to-play politics in Los Angeles. It would prohibit contributions and fundraising by bidders for large city contracts, and punishes violators by banning them from getting city contracts for up to four years.

Housing Authority Officials Must Treat Residents with Dignity and Respect

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Alvaro Huerta: How, then, does a public servant like Montiel in good conscious evict these needy individuals in the midst of a Great Recession?

Representing: The Future of Blacks in Law Enforcement and Fire Emergency Services in Los Angeles

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Jasmyne Cannick: A conversation with the President’s of the Black Employee Associations for the L.A.P.D., Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments

Emergency for LA’s Arts Community

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John Gallogly: There are always going to be those who say the arts are a luxury we can’t afford. The truth in Los Angeles — according to Jack Kyser, chief economist for LA, Inc, and author of the 2009 Otis Report — is that the arts are an economic engine that employ over 35,000 people directly and contribute at least that many jobs indirectly in tourism, restaurants, printing and ancillary businesses, not to mention the economic multiplyer at other local businesses where those employees shop like grocery stores.

LAPD’s New Police Chief Charlie Beck: Reformer or Redeemer?

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Was Beck truly the best man for the job, or a nice parting gift to Bratton and a pacification gift the Police Protection League. We certainly shouldn’t be afraid to ask the question, as suspicious as it sounds.

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