• Buscaino Usurps Ken Malloy

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher The symbolic swearing-in ceremony of Councilman Joe Buscaino took place simultaneously with the grand re-opening of the 290-acre Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park at Machado Lake on June 17. The former home of Reggie the Alligator, Harbo

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  • No Solutions to the Rising Tide of Homeless People

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    City Hall must lead on homeless solution with more than words

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher  It is perhaps far too symbolic that Councilman Joe Buscaino will have his swearing-in ceremony for his seco

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  • The Box DONE Come

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    DONE’s Man at Empower LA Disempowers Central Council

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Less than 24 hours before the most recent special meeting of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council on May 16, the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowermen

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  • Civility in a Time of Confusion

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    Resistance, Comey and No on Measure C

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It’s starting to become a regular occurrence for me: being stopped by people who preface their remarks with, “You probably won’t agree with me, but…”

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  • The Art of Disruption in a Time of Division

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    From Town Halls to Neighborhood Council meetings

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It was some 25 years ago when I stepped into the bar at Ante’s Restaurant looking for Tony Perkov only to find my nemesis Rod Decker, a former Los Angeles Police D

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  • May We All Join Hands

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Out of respect for the traditions of Passover and Easter, which coincide this week, and for this month of remembrance that reminds us of the humanity of the Arabs who helped save thousands of Armenian Christians from the first genocide of the 20th century, may we all join hands across the secular/religious div

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  • Red Pony Government

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By John R. Gray, Guest Columnist Now that Donald Trump has settled into the presidency of the United States, his tenure is increasingly starting to resemble the allegory about a boy and his red pony. The Red Pony allegory tells of a lonely young boy on a ranch who dreamt of a red pony th

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  • Time for a Change, Already

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    The advantage goes to ones who have the guts, courage and a plan

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher We are just over the 60-day mark of Trump’s first 100 days in office and he has yet to do anything that wou

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  • The Challenge for LA Dems

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    Winning with a historically low turnout

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Los Angeles is solidly Democratic and has voted so twice in the past five months to prove it. However, it is a sad commentary on both the democratic le

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  • Ballot Endorsements

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After coming off a very depressing national election, where America has just elected its first fascist head of state, a local election would not seem very interesting. But the March 7 ballot has important issues that requires voter attention. As usual, I consulted with friends who are expert in the relevant  a

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