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
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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.
Joe Mathews: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is being coy about whether he’s running for president. But he doesn’t fool me. I’ve already written the speech, or perhaps I should say sermon, that he should give when he announces his candidacy.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: the contest to become the next LAPD Chief is both more complex and less involving: complex because it requires a three-step City Hall appointment process, but less involving because voters have no direct voice at any critical step.
James Preston Allen: City Council passes ordinances but will they actually find the courage to act?
Cheryl Dorsey: Since the District’s powerful administrators could not quiet me, I was sent to what most in the district refer to as “teacher jail” or in my case “investigator jail” and an LAPD-style task force was convened.
Paul Ong, Silvia Gonzalez, and Lisa Hasegawa: Researchers at UCLA Luskin’s Center for Neighborhood Knowledge list inequities in wages, housing, education, and transportation
Cheryl Dorsey: Beck is leaving two years before completing his second term. I bet if you were to ask the parents of Ezell Ford—the unarmed 25-year-old black man killed by LAPD officers in 2014—they’d probably say that they wished Beck had left a lot sooner.
Jasmyne Cannick: I’m all for counting the homeless—but picking and choosing who counts as homeless is just as disingenuous as ignoring the reason why so many people in Los Angeles are finding themselves homeless.
Adam Smith: How can residents of Los Angeles take seriously a board tasked with civilian oversight when it’s president sits on the board of a foundation that gives money to a group that exists solely to provide funds and equipment unencumbered by city budget oversight to the Los Angeles Police Department?