• Blood and Graffiti

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    Caught between the port and the town

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher On any given morning, I can hear both the sounds of the port and the traffic on Pacific Avenue from my back porch while having coffee and reading the news. The buzz of t

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  • LAPD Sirens

    Caution is Advised

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    On the way to a crime scene

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Sitting in my office on 13th Street, I have gotten used to the sirens routinely screaming up and down Pacific Avenue. The northbound ones are usually the Los Angeles Fir

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  • The Advocates

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    The heroes of the disenfranchised, the frustration of the crisis

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Advocates, a docume

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  • The Fruits of  Our Labor and Workforce Automation

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    U.S. Postal Service to waterfront and technology

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I mailed the last issue of this newspaper first class, to a long-time subscriber, from the San Pedro Post Office to a San Pedro address,

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  • Not All Information is Equal

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    Crisis in the Age of Automation

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher There seems to be a very good argument going around these days that says, “You can’t stop the advancement of new technology.” The history of civilization seems to b

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  • In Search of Another Solution

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    Tourism, automation and the quest to replace lost jobs

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Somewhere filed in the archives of this newspaper is a historic picture of the marriage between Ms. San Pedro and Mr. Los Angeles — an ar

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  • It Takes a Crisis to Solve a Problem

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    Rats, fleas, typhus and corruption at City Hall

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The City of Los Angeles is deeply invested in the long-standing vision of itself as a great metropolis carved out of the desert on the edge of the

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  • Classic Trump

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    Half truths, obfuscations and lies, but this is not the end

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It seems almost incomprehensible that after having shuttered the government for 35 days President Donald Trump could stand before Cong

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  • Unlock Public School Potential

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    Strike: Did UTLA settle too soon?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher To understand the historical significance of the recent teachers’ strike against Los Angeles Unified School District I direct you to a PBS documentary that ai

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  • Border Wall Farce

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    False metaphors of the wall versus the Statue of Liberty

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher That the national broadcast media gave up prime time television minutes in exchange for a metaphoric shadow boxing match over the border

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