Hans Johnson: What Loraine needs most to win is more of the grassroots volunteer support and small-dollar donations that have made her push for a seat at the table so formidable so far.
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Rosemary Jenkins: For years, we in CD 12 have lived with councilmembers who seem to represent only the top tier–the wealthiest and the better off–those who have more power.
Jessica Goodheart: Youth, the elderly and whole families are tumbling into homelessness at a faster rate than they can be helped onto their feet.
Jessica Goodheart: A federal program’s critics say it provides questionable benefits for low-income communities and hastens gentrification — while awarding large tax breaks to the wealthiest.
Adolf Alzuphar: Despite talk of democracy, absolutely capitalist, the vast and chaotic lack of humanity, philosophy, and empathy that is the city of LA has a princely logic.
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.
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.