After they had found out that I had called the City, I got a notice of eviction that said there were too many people in my apartment, that my son made too many people.
Jessica Goodheart: While the eyes of most journalists and citizens have been fixed on Washington and Donald Trump, a Duke University professor warns, Charles Koch-funded groups and politicians are quietly lining up the state authorizations needed for a new constitutional convention.
RJ Eskow: If today’s resistance is to become a lasting movement, we must decide what we’re for. Otherwise, the Resistance will fail to motivate the 38 percent of Americans who didn’t vote in the last election.
John Peeler: With the new tax law, Americans will be specifically discouraged from donating to charity because they’ll get the same standard deduction whether they donate or not.
Gustavo Arellano: At the beginning of this year, Orange County announced the simplest of solutions to its homeless problem: It would make living along the Santa Ana riverbed illegal and let the homeless figure out where to go.
Mark Dempsey: The next time you hear a national politician say “Oh we can’t have [blank]” where blank is anything from free college tuition to single-payer healthcare, “because we’d have to raise taxes too much to afford it.” … you know they are not telling the truth. Taxes make the money valuable; they do not fund programs.
Randy Shaw: The big scam that has been played for over 35 years is the shift of a federal housing responsibility to cities. Cities that never had the resources to replace federal housing programs, and never will.
Robert Reich: Global capital doesn’t care how it gets a high return. If it can get it by slashing wages, outsourcing to contract workers, polluting air and water, defrauding investors, or destroying communities, it will.
John Peeler: Rents in poor areas are, paradoxically, high, because the poor population are largely captives: they are prevented by means legal and illegal from moving out.
Charles Davis: Nearly 58,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 count — up 20 percent from the year before.
RJ Eskow: A child born in the U.S. is 76 percent more likely to die before reaching adulthood than a child born elsewhere in the developed world.
Ellen Brown: A number of proposed federal changes will make it harder, not easier, for students to escape their debts, including wiping out some existing income-based repayment plans, harsher terms for graduate student loans, ending a program to cancel the debt of students defrauded by ripoff diploma mills, and strengthening “loan rehabilitation.”
Eve Garrow: The report puts the blame squarely on public officials who engage in a “dual narrative” about American society in which “the rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic and the drivers of economic success. The poor are wasters, losers and scammers.”