Tom Hall: With local politics, it is too easy to see the conflicting interests and conflicts between equally valid ideas and proposed solutions to real problems. Local politics take grand theories and smash them into the lives of real people.
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Hans Johnson: In the cynical world of big-city politics, Paul Koretz is as close as we come to Bernie Sanders. But Koretz’s re-election is not as secure as Bernie Sanders’ in Vermont.
Dick Price: “We’re at the precipice of determining what kind of city we want to have. Do we really want to be another San Francisco or New York, where only the very rich can afford to live?”
Sikivu Hutchinson: In Los Angeles County, black girls also have the highest rates of domestic sex trafficking victimization and are more likely to be arrested and jailed for prostitution than non-black women and girls.
Mary A Fischer: spurred by Trump’s alarming victory and Bernie Sanders’ continuing mantra of building progressive leadership in the party through grassroots organizing, a record 2000 people voted in the three Assembly Districts that cover LA’s Eastside.
Joe Mathews: We’re fawning over the outgoing president—but the feeling isn’t mutual.
Vivian Rothstein: Kuehl suggested that “It may be that women, long used to caring for others, tend to support rehabilitation and recovery approaches over law enforcement and punishment” to address social problems.
Larry Aubry: In South L.A., LACMTA’s Measure M plan has no feasible projects for the next 60 years. Not one. That’s quite a statement given that our communities could most benefit from public transit.
Anthony Weiss and Debi Evans: For 36 years, our own version of Trump, Mike Antonovich, has been test-driving Trump’s methods from the perch of the 5th County Supervisorial seat. Now that term limits are driving out Antonovich, he’s working to get his apprentice, Kathryn Barger, elected as his successor.
Jasmyne Cannick: Upon recommendations from the commission’s inspector general, the department is about to embark on the first steps in making real changes to how its officers use force in an effort to lower the number of police shootings.
Brenna Norton: RRR centralizes power in the hands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. It takes power away from our democratically elected City Council and gives it to the unelected board of commissioners.
Afton Hefley: Needless to say, walking out of the house at 6:45 am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, jumping in my car to face the epic morning traffic of LA, only once a week, is a challenge.
Sasha Abramsky: The very demographic that most uses public transit is being pushed out along gentrifying corridors.