• Supporting Solutions, Not Neglect

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    Without more new jobs, will gentrification actually bring prosperity?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher For some 50 years, I have witnessed the comings and goings of “great” plans for community development here in the Los An

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  • Success Looks More Like Avoiding Disaster

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    Information Fair on Bridge Home draws interest and speculation

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Clearly there was some tension in the air as people gathered at the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club Nov. 27 for the Bridge Home Infor

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  • Speculating on Gentrification

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    The unintended consequences

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I ran into Thom and Jerry at the bank recently — not the cartoon characters, both a local realtor and a businessman. Both wanted to know what was happening with the

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  • All the Flags at Half Staff

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    Framing the election, remembering the past

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Once again our nation’s flags were flown at half-staff, a custom signifying untimely death of a large group of people or the death of one de

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  • A Time for Reform and Resistance

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    Janice Hahn, L.A. County Sheriff’s race and the 2018 election

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It was kind of curious that Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn delivered her second State of the County speech at the World Cruise terminal just a month befo

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  • Neighbors without shelter in San Pedro. A crisis in America

    America, Good or Great

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    This is my street and you’re sleeping on it!

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Some years ago, I was having a drink down at Ante’s bar on Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro when one of the older patrons went off on what makes

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  • Homelessness

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    Two reports, more shouting and three truths

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Nothing gets done these days unless you have a study or a report. But if studies or reports and investigations alone could solve the homeless crisis,

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  • McCain’s Funeral was a Ritual Salute to the One Not Invited

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    Resistance, reaction and reflection

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I was never a fan of Arizona’s Sen. John McCain. It is only belatedly that I’ve come to admire him for his reputation as “maverick” given his thumbs-d

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  • Welcome to the Hotel California

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    Gentrification, homelessness and waterfront entertainment

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I first moved our offices on to Pacific Avenue back in the 1980s, not far from the California Hotel in San Pedro. Back then, the hotel h

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  • 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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