Joe Mathews: South Los Angeles is the largest working-class place left in coastal California. If it can figure out a way to remain such, it could provide a crucial model of success.
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Mary A. Fischer: The surge in progressive leadership on the city’s Eastside shows the importance of working in politics on a local level. And it coincides with the national mood that pushed policies of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren into the mainstream.
Joe Mathews: Metro’s very affordable $1.75 fare — less than a buck an hour! — had become a $31.75 trip, with the $30 preschool fine for late pickup. I had spent nearly five hours commuting — and just 4½ hours at work.
Rosemary Jenkins: Listen to the likes of David Goldstein of KCBS-TV and Jack Humphreyville and a viewer could easily come to believe that the entire lot of DWP workers are rotten apples.
Angela James and Melina Abdullah: What Johnson fails to recognize is that advancement for Black folks does not simply require “Black faces in high places,” but in the words of legal scholar Lani Guinier “authentic representation,” the kind that actually engages and advances the interests of those whom one represents. Power Concedes Nothing
Hector Villagra: Now, police lying shouldn’t be news to anyone. A poll last year found that one in three Americans believe police routinely lie.
Mary Fischer: California’s Assembly District 43 race is the latest battleground that pits a popular, homegrown candidate against the interests of wealthy, out of district corporate donors intent on controlling the direction of public education throughout the state. California Assembly District 43
Peter Dreier: Not surprisingly, Geiser and his company are staunch Republicans, since the GOP has fought hard in Washington, D.C. against laws requiring lenders to modify mortgages and stem the epidemic of foreclosures.
Tony Butka: My question is, what happens to the people who used to be able to survive in housing projects and other forms of actual affordable housing? Do they just go away? Do they die?
Larry Aubry: No, given continuing police brutality, ongoing refusal to respect the right of the public to be heard, lack of transparency and widespread community distrust, respectively.
Hector Villagra: In Angel’s view, forwarding derogatory jokes is regrettable, but something “anybody” might do from time to time. By failing to take quick and decisive action, McDonnell implicitly condones that viewpoint and perpetuates the culture he has repeatedly said he’s trying to clean up.
Mary A. Fischer: A recent coffee at a home in Boyle Heights brought neighbors together, many for the first time, to discuss the importance of voting and to discover that many of their concerns—fallout from the airborne contamination from Exide’s now-closed battery plant, smarter waste policy and affordable housing– were priorities of EAPD’s ongoing advocacy.
Cheryl Dorsey: As a retired 20-year veteran sergeant of the Los Angeles Police Department, I know first hand what it means to take on a super power like the LAUSD. This is not my first rodeo. I will not be bullied nor silenced.