• Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

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    Charlottesville, white supremacy and Columbus —And you think it can’t happen here?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Who would have thought that a Civil War statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee would become the violent focus of hatred

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  • Waterfront Conflicts

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    Ships, Trucks, Unions and Clean Air

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Not much crosses the waterfront in Southern California’s twin ports that isn’t in the jurisdiction of the International Longshore Workers Union. Every kind o

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  • Word Has It

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    SpaceX coming to South West Marine, Marymount College moving out of San Pedro, Buscaino is courting Live Nation

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher This past June, SpaceX successfully launched one of its rockets once again from a ba

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  • Neighborhood Council Follies

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    Going Coastal, Using the Pledging Allegiance as a Wedge

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s July 10 agenda-setting meeting turned out to be a rowdy affair. Some 20 stakeholders got riled up over the proposed

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  • Both Sides Miss the Point

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    Can we stop talking about insurance and start talking about medical care?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Far and wide, we’ve all heard the Republicans’ Obamacare complaints. They have consistently called it a failure and som

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  • 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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