Is It Time for a Green New Deal?

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Tuesday, January 20th, marks the beginning of Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. On that day the new President will begin tackling a host of economic problems currently plaguing the nation, including the loss of nearly 2 million jobs in 2008. Obama’s economic team has already formulated a recovery plan to create jobs, over [...]

Do You Ever Wonder?

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With the holidays past and a new year upon us, Progressives have experienced a mixed bag of things to be grateful for, and concerned about. Our world is on the brink of financial collapse, our environment is experiencing growing global climate change of mans own making.

Did Obama Misfire on Salazar at Interior?

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by Jessica Teel – I’ve been praying a progressive mantra for weeks that Obama would select conservation minded Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) as Secretary of the Interior. Obama has to throw progressives at least one cabinet bone, right?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Get Urban Farming Started in LA

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I am offering to volunteer my time to head a new commission formed to promote Urban farming in the Los Angeles area. Please contact me as soon as you have time to review the following so we can meet to discuss the details of its implementation.

Ignore At Your Peril

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by Denis Campbell – 11:00, Saturday morning. I’d finished frying an egg, was headed to the office to finish a poker article I was on deadline for. As I walked across the room, my 6-year-old asked me a question. A second later I was standing with arm stiffened hard against the wall, holding my entire [...]

Obama, Democrats, Tackle Climate Change While Bush Adds To His Poisoned Legacy

Thursday morning, House Democrats took firm control of the environment issue by ousting Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. John Dingell. In his place, the caucus chose Rep. Henry Waxman. Besides seating a committed environmentalist as head of the influential energy committee, the vote removes one of the auto industry’s best friends from a key [...]

Which Green Were You Referring To? Green Housing and Affordability

With all of the talk of Peak Oil and rising gas prices, combined with one of the highest unemployment rates in years, we are going to have to do some things differently. One of those different things is living closer to where we work. That sounds simple. It was simple for me: Childless, healthy, with [...]

South Central Community Farm: Not Dead Yet

When I lived in New York City, I used to marvel at the weeds that would force their way up through sidewalk cracks. What a will to live, I thought: From clumps of dirt crammed between concrete slabs, these vigorous shoots fended off the hard, slapping heels of a thousand rushing city dwellers, just to [...]

Looking Back at the White House During Katrina

WHITE HOUSE – AUGUST, 2005- White House Kitchen – A woman wearing a tall white chef’s hat answers a ringing phone. No other person is in the expansive kitchen. She punches on a speaker phone. WOMAN CHEF: “Hello.” MAN’S VOICE: “Vice President Cheney’s office, please.” WOMAN CHEF: “He’s not here. I think he might be [...]

Al Gore: Energy Czar?

After being in denial for seven years, even George Bush now acknowledges the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the need to takes steps to reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

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We were a gang of four in make-up, prom dresses, high heels and dangling candy cigarettes sitting on the front steps talking about boys, parents, school and what would we do next? At some point, we would ditch the fantasy dress up clothes, wipe off our mother’s stolen make-up, and change into our play clothes [...]

Desolate Highways and Heartbreak

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The lonely highways of America will grow even more desolate as fuel prices continue to rise with no end in sight. Day by day, the number of “for lease” and “going out of business” signs escalate in communities throughout the country.

What the Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation and the Selling of Indulgences Have In Common

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In the grand tradition of the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, the mortgage-backed securities meltdown that currently threatens to undermine our financial markets, NAFTA, GATT, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq , our leaders in the Senate are once again preparing to hoist upon an unsuspecting public another catastrophe in the making. [...]

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the National Forests from Being a Burden for the Wealthiest Americans

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A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at. — Ronald Reagan (1966) Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.– Ronald Reagan (1981) After becoming president in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt founded 150 National Forests. Clearly this Republican President was limited in his vision as he dedicated the National Forests to [...]

Light Bulbs and Laws: Will We Let Global Warming Cook Us?

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In recent generations, the test was the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and maybe the Cold War. With polar bears drowning in open Arctic waters and evermore fearsome storms spinning out of warming oceans in every corner of the globe, it’s becoming apparent that our generation’s test could well be global warming. But given [...]

The Northeastern Lines: A Viable Alternative to the Foothill “Sprawl Line”

I’ve been unusually busy lately, so I have not had time for more regular posting. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some of my thoughts on last Monday’s Westside Extension meeting at LACMA. But first, here are some more thoughts on the proposed Gold Line Foothill Extension. I’ve made no secret of my low regard [...]

Politics, Art, and California’s Public Policy Failure

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California is mired in a $16 billion dollar deficit, without the political will to overcome deliberately designed structural impediments to solving the problem. For most government and nonprofit organizations, mission determines function. The United States Constitution clearly lays out the ‘mission’ of the government in the Preamble: “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, [...]

Expo Line: Different Strokes for Different Folks?

“Building Safe and Community Responsive Rail Lines: An Expo Line Update” was the topic of this month’s Urban Issues Breakfast Forum held at the Staples Center Lexus lounge this week. Usually held on the fourth Friday of each month, the forum gives community activists, politicians, local residents, and business owners a chance to break bread [...]

Earth Day Every Day?

Change the World by Changing Yourself Seeking the Path of Practical Ecology “Live light upon the Earth, If you would not be earthbound.” – Shining Bear I was only a teenager, but I could never get it out of my mind: “How should we be living our lives? Is there not more to life than [...]

Stormy Weather

In early February 2008 , the world’s leading scientific body on global warming issued its latest report confirming what many of us have suspected: either we do something profound about greenhouse emissions or we will make our planet uninhabitable, if not for ourselves and our children, then for their children and the generations that might [...]

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