South LA Snubbed Again: Broken Promise Zone Promises

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Garcetti Obama Promise Zone: The award is a demonstration of connected politics being the first at the table. South Los Angeles loses again.

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.

Want Money Out of Politics in LA? Vote Garcetti and Prop C This Tuesday!

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Wendy Block: Today I still hate L.A., but two phenomes of hope float above this desert: Eric Garcetti for mayor and Prop. C. Los Angeles city voters are privileged to vote for both this coming Tuesday.

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

California NOW Falls in Behind Eric Garcetti

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Patty Bellasalma: We are the National Organization FOR Women not OF women. We fight for gender equity and women and girls’ empowerment. That is the qualifying core value that candidates and members alike must display.

Monica Garcia’s Fall from Grace

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Joseph F. Mailander: The fact of a sizable potential parental voting enfranchisement in a city of largely politically disenfranchised or disinterested citizens has remade outgoing LAUSD President Garcia into a burnt-out shooting star, hitched to the hopes of the most strident (and mostly Anglo) charter reformers.

Steve Zimmer Defeats the Billionaire Boys Club With a Cost-Effective Los Angeles School Board Campaign

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Peter Dreier: The Zimmer-Anderson school board race attracted national attention, including articles in the New York Times, because it was seen as a test of the effort by corporate power-brokers to run schools like businesses, a strategy that they and the media misleadingly call “school reform.”

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:

Eric Garcetti Endorsed by California NOW

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The California chapter of the National Organization for Women announced its PAC endorsement of Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles.

LAPD Chalks Its Rubber Bullet Behavior Up to Vandalism

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Stephen Box: As the debate over how a nonviolent pastel chalk protest turned into a violent melee continues, a petition is circulating calling for an investigation into the LAPD’s heavy-handed handling of the incident.

Human Dignity Awards Dinner – May 31st

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he Program for Torture Victims (PTV)  is rebuilding lives. This 501(c)3 non-profit organization works with torture survivors from over 65 countries. It is the first organization of its kind that does this kind of work — work that has helped heal the wounds of thousands through a comprehensive set of services. PTV provides services to [...]

LA ‘s Mayor Race: Campaign in Search of a Front-Runner

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Stephen Box: Eight of the twelve registered candidates for Mayor of LA participated in a candidate forum at the Holman United Methodist Church, giving powerful testimony to the claim of some that politics is theatre.

Five LA Mayoral Candidates on one Stage

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Stephen Box: Warren Olney was joined by Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti, Kevin James, Wendy Greuel, and Austin Beutner for the mayoral campaign’s equivalent of speed dating, a one-hour forum that was fast and furious, introducing leaders from LA’s nonprofit world to their prospective civic partner-in-chief.

No One In Los Angeles Ever Takes the Blame

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Stephen Box: General Managers, also appointed by the Mayor, find themselves caught between a term-limit restricted Mayor and a Civil Service hard place. Critics claim that they often serve as simple cannon fodder and Mayoral expeditors.

LA City Hall: The Great Pabulum and Placebo Dispenser

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Stephen Box: From medical marijuana to fast food to code harassment, LA is the Capital of Moratoriums, demonstrating that there is nothing as attractive as the opportunity to kick an issue down the road and to leave it for the next round of elected officials.

Charlie Beck’s Anniversary: A Walk in the Park

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Stephen Box: Beck occupies a unique position in the world of Occupy protests and is one of the only Police Chiefs in the country to establish a relationship with protesters that is based on respect and dignity.

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.

Occupy LA: Writing on the Wall

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Stephen Box: Occupy LA is slowly discovering that City Hall’s welcome mat has disappeared, that the Mayor’s gift of ponchos during the first rainstorm was more of a bon voyage gift than a welcome.

Occupy LA Faces the Ultimate Opponent: A Jaded Audience

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Stephen Box: Occupy LA should be thanked for challenging the turf lawn status quo and for giving City Hall an opportunity to rethink its commitment to unsustainable landscaping.

Yes on H: Keep Special Interests at Bay

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Anjuli Kronheim: All politics is local and we believe that if, not when, Los Angeles succeeds in passing Measure H, we will send an important message that we are taking back our democracy.

Election Results California November 2010

The following is a partial list of election results for the November 2, 1010 election. This status of California candidates and initiatives was captured and reported by the Los Angeles Times with 93% of the precincts counted. The office that was too close to call, with 93% counted, was the California Attorney General race.

Rachel Maddow and Amy Goodman Get Their Butts Kicked

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Sharon Kyle: We are in a battle that we are losing because we are overly entertained, we’re not paying attention, and we continue to buy stuff and information that is not good for us.

Celebrate LGBT Pride: Come By and Say “Hi”

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On August 8, Northeast Los Angeles will join many Southern California areas celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride.

Mayor Villaraigosa, Please Help Our Neighbors

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In Los Angeles Zipcode 90042, there are 385 families that may be evicted before the holidays. Of these, 211 live in bank-owned properties, 59 have homes that up for auction, and 115 have homes in foreclosure. We encourage you to sign Motion 07-2438-69, which was proposed by City Council President Eric Garcetti, seconded by Councilmember [...]

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