Warming Globally, Acting Locally

Los Angeles Global Warming

Vivian Rothstein: We must invest resources in the state and local water infrastructure, expanding storage and building in smart capacities such as water monitors. In the process we’ll be creating jobs for Californians.

Police Manhunts and Race: Eric Frein & Christopher Dorner

Eric Frein Manhunt

Cheryl Dorsey: Eric Frein and Christopher Dorner both appeared to have pre-planned their attacks. Both were considered armed and dangerous. Both killed law enforcement officers in a cold-blooded and calculated manner. But only one was “ordered to lie face down and was handcuffed.”

Why LAPD Detective Frank Lyga Won’t Be Fired

LAPD Detective Frank Lyga

Cheryl Dorsey: Errant police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct at a Board of Rights hearing have routinely been allowed to leave the department, in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. This is part of the LAPD culture.

Why Hasn’t Minimum Wage Raise Happened Yet?

Los Angeles Minimum Wage

Rosemary Jenkins: It is just counterintuitive that our economy can grow if people have no money to spend! Earn more, spend more–on housing, cars, food, clothing, all of which then generates more jobs at the retail level, manufacturing, construction, and so forth.

Big Change for the Greek Theatre?

Greek Theatre Contract

Larry Wines: One obvious red flag is that Live Nation’s proposal includes a new “Greek Theatre Community Trust” — a fund controlled by Live Nation — “for the purpose of irrevocably receiving funds generated through a ‘special ticket sales program.'”

L.A. to Weigh Citywide Wage Hike

Raising LA Minimum Wage

Bobbi Murray: The Los Angeles City Council is expected to soon take up an introductory motion that would raise compensation for more than half a million employees throughout the city now laboring at California’s minimum $9 hourly standard.

L.A. City Council Passes Landmark Hotel Wage Ordinance

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Joe Rihn: Amid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour.