• China Shipping NOP, POLA’s Failed Mitigations

    Draft Supplemental EIR Admits to Lack of Compliance with Legal Settlement

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Port of Los Angeles likes to call itself “America’s premier port” and claims it is strongly committed to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations. It likes to

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  • It’s Time to End the Homeless Crisis

    Garcetti, Buscaino, Pope Francis and the Moral Imperative

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this editorial or the pages of this newspaper should be taken as the official position of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council — to which I was elected Presi

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  • Stumping on Fear and Arrogance

    San Pedro Stands up to Fear Mongering

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Veterans for a Strong America fundraiser aboard the USS Iowa was promoted as Republican candidate Donald Trump’s first speech detailing his national security policy. It lasted all of 13 minutes. Donning a red baseball cap emblazon

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  • Anatomy of a Facebook Uprising

    The Neighborhood Council Motion that Sparks Citywide Reaction

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    Disclaimer­—Nothing in this editorial or in the pages of this newspaper should be taken as the official position of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood

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  • A Long Journey from Brighton Beach

    Terminal Island—Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher   Most of you have probably never heard of Brighton Beach. The name kind of conjures up images of languid summers in the South Hamptons, where wealthy families escape their mansions in the city

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  • Our Neighbors Without Shelter

    The nexus between global trade, gentrification and homeless

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I recently read an article in a daily paper that explained how increasing property values have matched the growing homeless population in Orange County. It would seem obvious that, as real esta

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  • The Donald, the Confederate Flag and the GOP

    Free Speech, Even When Offensive, has Value

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Far be it from me to be the one to try and stop the fearless Donald, as in Trump, from speaking his mind as he runs for the Republican nomination for president. But his run has done more to expose some of the underlying racist

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  • The Rule of Seven:

    Developing the Waterfront—Global vs. Local Jobs

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Ask anyone who has ever had to deal with the City of Los Angeles, they will tell you that it takes “forever” to get anything done. Be it building and safety, the Department of Transportation or the Port of

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  • If You Have a Hammer, Every Problem Begins to Look Like a Nail

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Our fertile subconscious minds conjure up curious images to deal with unresolved conflicts. A friend of mine once recounted waking from a dream in which she collected all the hammers in her house before going to bed so as to protect herself from burglars breaking in dur

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  • The Changing of the Guard

    Change is inevitable but does it really mean we’re moving forward?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    It seems the more citizens clamor and agitate for more transparency in government and other civic institutions, the more opaque things become. Legal employee protection rules shield nonprofit

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