James Preston Allen

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James Preston Allen is the founding publisher of Random Lengths News. Mr. Allen has been involved in community affairs for more than 40 years in the Los Angeles Harbor Area.

Homeless on the Corner of 9th and Beacon Streets

Triage is the only right-now solution

By James Preston Allen, Publisher The 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Service Agency report landed like a bombshell on the county and city

I Think that it Rained Today

Feather toy news, car chases, the weather report and other distractions

By James Preston Allen, Publisher The other day it rained around noontime, an unseasonal downpour t

Blood and Graffiti

Caught between the port and the town

By James Preston Allen, Publisher On any given morning, I can hear both the sounds of the port and the traffic on Pacific Avenue from my back p

LAPD Sirens

Caution is Advised

On the way to a crime scene

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Sitting in my office on 13th Street, I have gotten used to the sirens routinely screaming up and down Pacific

The Advocates

The heroes of the disenfranchised, the frustration of the crisis

By James Preston Allen, Publisher

The Fruits of  Our Labor and Workforce Automation

U.S. Postal Service to waterfront and technology

By James Preston Allen, Publisher I mailed the last issue of this newspaper first class, to a long-time subscr

Not All Information is Equal

Crisis in the Age of Automation

By James Preston Allen, Publisher There seems to be a very good argument going around these days that says, “You can’t stop the advancement

In Search of Another Solution

Tourism, automation and the quest to replace lost jobs

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Somewhere filed in the archives of this newspaper is a historic picture of the

It Takes a Crisis to Solve a Problem

Rats, fleas, typhus and corruption at City Hall

By James Preston Allen, Publisher The City of Los Angeles is deeply invested in the long-standing vision of itself as a

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