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.
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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.
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.