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.
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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.
Jasmyne Cannick: The man who wants to be re-elected as our sheriff under the guise of his respect for and work in the community is ducking and dodging calls for him to apologize using the excuse that Leeds’ murder is still an open homicide investigation.
James Preston Allen: The police cannot arrest their way out of the homeless crisis, the L.A. Sanitation Department can’t sweep it under the rug or haul it away.
Michael Rapkin: Bridging the housing gap may seem like an insurmountable challenge — particularly in Venice, home to 45% of our city council district’s homeless population — but to do so is in the best interests of both residents and people who are without homes.
Dick Price: The forum at Ward AME Church in South LA promised to be, could have been, should have been a real mano-a-mano, gloves-off discussion between current one-term incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell and retired Sheriff’s Lieutenant Alex Villanueva.
Larry Aubry: Since the 1960s, the prevailing assumption has been that electing Blacks to political office would leads to an improved quality of life for Black people, in general. But this has turned out to be rather naïve.
Sara Roos: Because while frank, Jackie Goldberg is not dogmatic and in truth weaves a conciliatory road of compromise and practicality even while seemingly unfazed by belting out that Truth.
Bobbi Murray: The displacement of renters by large-scale operators who turn apartment buildings into de facto hotels has hit urban areas like Greater Los Angeles hard.
Hans Johnson: As a new school year starts, his departure leaves lessons about representation, and misrepresentation, in the communities that narrowly elected him three years ago and throughout metropolitan L.A.