• The San Pedro Telegraph

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    Social media, rumors, fake news and propaganda

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Every small town in America — and probably the world — thrives on rumors, small slanders and innuendo.  Just look at the most popular small to

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  • The bulldozers have finally reached Ports O' Call Restaurant following their eviction.

    Back to the Future   

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    Historic mistakes come back to haunt the harbor and no one seems to notice

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher There’s something in the American psyche that fundamentally believes that all new things are good. 

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  • Little Italy, Big Problem for a Small Town

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    Symbolic of lack of collaboration with community

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher When I heard the news that Councilman Joe Buscaino had gotten a large portion of downtown San Pedro designated as “Little Italy” it was like

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  • It’s Time for Conscientious Objection, Not Silence

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher I find myself at this moment pondering  Benjamin Franklin and his printing press, and Thomas Paine, the radical patriot pamphleteer of the American Revolution. I am wondering just what they’d be thinking about with regar

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  • Buscaino’s Less Than ‘Inspiring’ Speech

    [vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]I would like to address those parents and students who misunderstood the intent of my graduation speech at SPHS on Friday. My intention was to focus on misunderstanding and meaning in our culture today. As a gesture of good faith, here is the text of the entire speech fo

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    Government: Only as Good as the People Who Run It

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher Complaining about government is kind of a birthright here in the “land of the free.” In fact, it’s probably more of a national pastime than all most anything else, including baseball. The big difference betw

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  • Homeless Once Again

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    — Proverbs 29:18, King James Version

    I attended Mark Ridley-Thomas’ empow-erment conference at USC a few years a

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  • Memories of America Before Our Un-Civil Wars

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher I’ve been thinking about the American Civil War lately. I’m not sure when I began, but I suspect sometime after the white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. and their marches against the city’s effort to take down

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  • Bombshell of Report on Harbor Benefits

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher For as long as I can remember, the narrative pushed by the Port of Los Angeles and other boosters of industry and commerce has been this: the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are an “economic engine” that are jo

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  • Garcetti Finally Calls for Action on Homeless Crisis

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    City Council passes ordinances but will they actually find the courage to act?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Fresh from milking political cows in Iowa, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on April 16 gave his annual State of the City addres

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