Sikivu Hutchinson: Though violent homicides have purportedly declined in Los Angeles, Black women and girls remain disproportionately vulnerable to gun violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence in greater numbers.
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Ralph E. Shaffer: USC’s lack of civic concern in the past about use of the monument to America’s World War I dead was a warning that was ignored six years ago when the Trojans took control of the stadium.
Jessica Goodheart: L.A. voters have approved nearly $5 billion to fight homelessness. Many say this can only be a down payment on a problem that is structural in nature.
Peter Laarman: Everyone in the auditorium on today could smell the bad faith in the comments of supervisors Barger, Hahn, and Ridley Thomas.
Dick Platkin: The urban growth machine’s heyday was post WWII America, when it comfortably relied on federal urban renewal and interstate highway programs to deliver in-fill development sites.
Jessica Goodheart: With more money than ever to spend on homelessness, Los Angeles County offers fewer winter shelter beds than last year. Why?
Liz Amsden: What makes our city livable? How are our elected officials doing? Grade the City as to sidewalks, streets, parking, traffic congestion, animal services, etc. on the City Services Report Card.
Daniel Lichtenstein-Boris — When we first met, we were fooling around, wrestling and an ounce of white powder in a plastic double sealed bag fell out from beneath her shirt—I should have known then.
Peter Laarman: Alisa Roth doesn’t preach, and she doesn’t claim to have all the answers to the dangerous interface between law enforcement and a rising population of mentally ill people who act out in public.
Melanie Penny Ochoa: Councilmembers promised to hold a series of public hearings so that they could understand how the LAPD’s current disciplinary system fails to hold officers accountable, and to develop real solutions before making changes to the Board of Rights.
Lance Simmens: In darkness I fell asleep early and now am wide awake wondering what lies in the darkness and whether or not I will be forced to use my one and only escape plan, a kayak and the ocean.
Ted Vaill: I spent most of the day deciding what to take: 44 years in the house, raised my kids there, have 30 or so photo albums of my trips around the world and life. Which ones to take and which to leave?
Carol Mithers: Evoking a previously unenforced “no pet” clause is one good way for property owners to empty a building before it’s put up for sale, or to push out low-rent tenants in a gentrifying area.