• Looking Backwards to the Future

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    Progressive reforms were the reaction to the recessions and social turmoil in the 1880s

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Edward Bellamy wrote one of the top selling books, Looking Backward: 2000-1887, in 1888. He was the

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  • Two Short Years and Miles Away from America

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    From the White House to the shores of San Pedro

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It seems like it was just two short years ago that we lived in a country that was moving forward past historic racial divides with the election of the first black president —a man w

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  • How Soon? How Much?

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    The missing pieces of the 50-year environmental battle

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher On Nov. 2, the joint commissions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted unanimously to approve the Clean Air Action Plan 2.0. Los Angeles Mayor Eric

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  • Hahn II and the New County Majority

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    From Los Angeles City Council to Congress to the Board of Supervisors

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn brought together 600 of her 4th District’s elites for what might be considered a bipartisan power lu

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  • Social Media is the Real Fake News Source

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    Revelations expose that  Facebook, Google are used by Russian Trolls

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher As the resident skeptic in this part of the great metropolis at the Port of Los Angeles, I tend to have contrarian reactions when I hear people

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  • Blind Allegiance is Not Patriotism

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    NFL players have as much right to protest as anyone else

     By James Preston Allen, Publisher I have been thinking lately that I should be reading a book on the fall of the Roman Empire as the Twitterer-in-Chief is waging w

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  • War of Words — from the Right

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    Your Second Amendment Ends at My First Amendment Rights’ Nose

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I have a long standing, if not ingrained interest in free speech. This fundamental right is essential to the very enterprise of running a news

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  • Building It Up – Tearing it Down

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    Buscaino fights windmills while Garcetti grandstands

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Two years ago, the City of Los Angeles woke up to the shocking realization that it had a homeless crisis after a young activist by the name of Elvis Summers star

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  • 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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