• The Art of Disruption in a Time of Division


    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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  • 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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  • No on Joe, Yes on S and H


    Challenge to the status quo of Los Angeles

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I don’t know about you, but I’m getting awfully tired of seeing Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino’s smiling face everywhere I look. He has beco

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  • Buscaino’s War on Homeless

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher Most of you have been distracted by the Tweeter-in-Chief’s misdeeds in office during his first weeks playing in the Oval Office. But you should realize that his antics are a lot like using a feather toy to distract a cat. The real th

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  • Yes Sally, There Are Still Patriots


    You just won’t find them in the White House

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    “These are the times that try men’s souls.” —from Thomas Paine’s Read More

  • The Long Arc of History


    Some secrets are only revealed too late and lost in the Twittersphere

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Amidst the uproar over the president-elect’s latest tweet, his latest cabinet picks, and the latest revelations on the impact of Russian hacki

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  • Getting Another October Surprise

    In an era of fake news, disinformation and propaganda, the pursuit of the truth is invaluable, if not essential

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher This past election cycle brings me back to November of 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected president. Random Lengths News

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  • Bureaucracy: Making Democracy More Difficult

    The Exercise of Our Petitioning is a Nuisance at the Public Library

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher As some of you  know, I have filed papers to run for the Los Angeles City Council in the 15th District.  Those who know me best have asked, “What took you so long?” Quite

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