Discouraging News

Ron Wolff: So, will someone please explain to me how CEOs getting wealthy and average workers being cheated out of hard-earned wages is part of the American dream?

Mitrice Richardson: Blame the Victim

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Jasmyne Cannick: With accusations as serious has the ones currently lodged at the Sheriff’s Department, if I were Baca, I’d do anything I could to clear my Department’s name, even if it meant subjecting my deputies to a polygraph for the sake of good faith and good will towards the community.

Boy’s Suicide: Avoidable Tragedy?

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Ron Wolff: Los Angeles County Supervisors have been aware for years that several of their largest departments — Juvenile Probation and Children and Family Services among them — are dysfunctional. They claim to care — but the problems persist. There is one thing a leader does in urgent times — take urgent action!

Judging the Judges 2010

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Sharon Kyle: Studies have shown that the average voter goes to the polls with little to no information on judicial races.Every election cycle, we are asked to vote for people few of us have heard of for offices that few of us know very much about. Yet these offices carry tremendous power.

How Many is “Too Many”?

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Ron Wolff: In Los Angeles County, child abuse hotline tips flow in at a rapid clip. Responsibility for investigating them falls to the Department of Children and Family Services. The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 18,000 cases are unresolved within the mandated time limit of 30 days, at least in part because there are simply not enough social workers.

Who’s Who In Black Los Angeles: Who Really Wants To Know and What Is This Really About?

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Anthony Asadullah Samad: Guess who discovered Who’s Who In Black Los Angeles after two years? Before you ask, I really wanted to feature a Los Angeles Times editor in Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles. Really. The problem is, there is not a single African American among those who make coverage decisions for the paper. In hindsight, it probably was a mistake not to include the one black man on the paper’s full-time Metro reporting staff. That brother deserves a special award for what I imagine he goes through everyday. Well, maybe next year.

LA Progressive: This Week’s Articles — April 18 to 24, 2010

Articles by H. Scott Prosterman, Sikivu Hutchinson, Anthony Samad, Walter Moss, Ivan Eland, Diane Lefer, Tom Hall, Ron Wolff, Rev. Irene Monroe, Mario Solis-Marich, Ed Rampell, Norman Solomon, Carl Matthes, Tina Dupuy, Andrea Christina Nill, Randy Shaw, Joseph Palermo, Michael Sigman, Caitlin Frazier, Paul Hogarth, Michelle Waslin, Sikivu Hutchinson, David A. Love, Shamus Cooke, Joseph Palermo, Jonathan Coopersmith, Carl Bloice, Linda Milazzo, Natasha Minsker, Romona Riptson;, Bob Letcher, Tom Degan, and Natalie Davis

As Death Penalty Cases Fade, L.A. County Pays to Buck the Trend

Natasha Minsker and Ramona Ripston: Los Angeles County, home to California’s largest trial court system, has been feeling the pain of those court closures in more significant measure than most. It recently laid off more than 300 staff and is moving forward with shutting down 12 courtrooms. But meanwhile, a parallel trend is stalking the county that’s exacerbating the budget crisis. Astoundingly, Los Angeles County has become the leading death penalty county in the United States. In fact, in 2009 more people were sentenced to death in Los Angeles County than in any other state, including Texas, the longtime leader in this grim statistic.

On Mission Street

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Franco Folini moved to San Francisco from Italy in 2001. He has a degree in computer science, and in Italy, taught at the Mechanical Engineering Facility at the University of Parma. He says he sees homeless everyday going to work and coming home. He enjoys talking to them, learning their names and listening to their stories.

How Do You Know Who to Vote For?

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Don’t Vote? — Don’t Complain! We’ve all heard this sentiment — some of us have used it ourselves. I was going to write a story about the upcoming May 19 election and how important it is that we get out there and yada yada yada. . . . Click here for a list of recommended [...]

AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing

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In September of 2008 it was disclosed that the City of Los Angeles had not opened or tested over 7,000 rape kits that were collected as evidence. Of these kits, 217 had been held beyond the 10-year statute of limitations that applies to the crime of rape. A report published by the independent group, Human [...]

LA Rape Evidence Backlog Booms to 12,000 Cases

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Rape victims seeking justice sometimes find nothing but a dead end in Los Angeles County. A Human Rights Watch report revealed that there is backlog of untested rape kits and that the Los Angeles Police Department, county sheriff’s office and other smaller agencies have failed to test DNA evidence in more than 12,000 sexual assault [...]

Today We Vote: Tomorrow We March

“When we elect Barack, knock on wood, we will have someone who responds to labor, to people’s needs, the plight of immigrants, but he can’t win change alone it will take a larger movement,” said Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the 840,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. One of the most successful and dynamic [...]

Sunday’s Caucuses: What It Takes to Win

Last week, a dear friend introduced me to a young activist who happens to be running to be an Obama delegate to the National Democratic Convention. My friend had spoken fondly of the young activist on several occasions, telling me of the many progressive causes she had volunteered to support. When the activist and I [...]

Healing the Black-Brown Divide

African American and Latino Communities Must Unite. Traditional allies and friends in a common struggle for equal opportunity, the African American and Latino communities of Los Angeles have grown apart in recent years. Where once blacks and browns stood shoulder to shoulder in the decades-long fight to correct the social injustices they both faced and [...]

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