• Taking Sides

    We Can Be Pro-Business and Pro-Labor By James Preston Allen, Publisher   I recently found myself involved in a very long conversation about development issues with a local business owner. But something he said stopped me cold. “Wait a minute,” I said.

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  • The Law of Unintended Consequences Part II

    James Preston Allen, Publisher

    The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. —Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)

    There’s a certain amount of fear and embarrassment in the debate over how to address

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  • The Persistence of Memory

    Nostalgia for a Past that No Longer Exists

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Nostalgia hangs over this harbor area like overcast clouds on one of those days that brings a chill off the Pacific Ocean near Sunken City. It lingers for a time around the quaint Weymouth Corners shopping district like Mayberry, from the old Andy

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  • Fractured Perspectives

    From the Waterfront to Gaffey Street and Beyond James Preston Allen, Publisher   I am thinking today about the famous Paleolithic cave paintings in Altamira, Spain.  I think about the exquisite images of extinct steppe bison, horses and deer, then wonder if the cave d

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  • Bias in the Corporate Media: What goes unreported when discussing labor on the waterfront

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher After nine months of negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association (the shipping and terminal operators), the crisis of congestion at West Coast ports has finally come to the attention of President Barack Obama. He has dispatched his labor secretary Tom

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  • Connecting the Dots on the Waterfront

    To the future and the past of the communities surrounding the ports By James Preston Allen, Publisher The showdown between the new executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, and the community over the future of the Los Angeles Waterfront has a long backstory that those who now cry the loudest abou

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  • The Law of Unintended Consequences

    When the Ports Impacts of Operations Become Community Problems

    James Preston Allen, Publisher Someone much wiser than I once said, “every time you solve one problem you create two.” I didn’t believe him then, but have come to appreciate that perspective the more I’ve watched government and big businesses

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  • American Justice on Trial

    When the War Comes Home James Preston Allen, Publisher On Sept.11, 2001, America reacted to the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. with swift action and arguably justified vengeance for the loss of life on our home turf––the first such attack since Pearl Harbor. Then-

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  • If Not Now When?

    How We Fail at Democracy, How It Fails Us James Preston Allen, Publisher We spend a lot of time in this country talking or posturing about defending democracy. How many times have we gone to war in the past 100 years on this very premise? Yet, I am constantly reminded of how often we don’t live up

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  • The View from the Park Overlooking the Port

    Harbor Department Issues Draft Public Access Investment Funding Policy By James Preston Allen, Publisher On one of my many trips to the old San Pedro Post Office recently, I stopped off at this town’s newly renovated Plaza Park. I had good reason to stop at one of this town’s oldest green spaces that overlooks the ind

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