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.
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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.
Jessica Goodheart: Non-disclosure agreements have become a target for #MeToo advocates, since they bar women from discussing their stories of workplace sexual harassment. Proposed California legislation could change that.
Larry Aubry: Violence-reduction among Blacks has never been a high priority for state, local, or federal government-in fact, systemic neglect aggravates violence, especially in the inner-city. Without sustainable Black community outrage, strong leadership and political will, the situation will probably not change appreciably.
Julianne Tveten: Throughout Los Angeles, landscaping is put to aggressive use, functioning as a weapon of anti-homelessness under the guise of beautification.
Adolfo Alzuphar: Instead of being the modern agora by the sea that it promises to be, the Venice Beach boardwalk, public space, is today the crystallization of the liberal or neoliberal compromises of the businesses that line the infamous street
Sikivu Hutchinson: The ubiquitous tents and shambling motorhomes that dot L.A.’s side streets are simply the most glaring symbols of the city’s spatial apartheid.
Adolfo Azhufar: The democracy of inequity and inequality, of worshipping wealth and the rich, of creating a strata of “representatives” instead of looking for them in a neighbor, is an inferno.
Adolf Alzuphar: The root of our crisis as inhabitants of a city that is a global leader in the production of pornography, prisoners, meth, as much as it does buillshit populism, and white supremacy, is a repugnant bourgeoisie, and reactionary identitarianism.
Joe Mathews: The ex-financier has run the L.A. Times, the L.A. Department of Water and Power, and Now L.A. Schools. All he lacks is know-how.