• 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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  • Value of Truth in an Era of Deceit

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    The consequences of social media and propaganda

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Gov. Jerry Brown’s first incarnation as Gov. Moonbeam, the maverick Democrat dating Linda Ronstadt, feels so long ago.  Gov. Moonbeam was the d

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  • A White House Christmas Carol

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    Trump’s nightmare before the shutdown

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It’s winter in Washington, D.C., snow has dusted the White House lawn, the West Wing staff have gone home for the evening and Donald is in the residence

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  • Supporting Solutions, Not Neglect

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    Without more new jobs, will gentrification actually bring prosperity?

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher For some 50 years, I have witnessed the comings and goings of “great” plans for community development here in the Los An

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  • Success Looks More Like Avoiding Disaster

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    Information Fair on Bridge Home draws interest and speculation

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Clearly there was some tension in the air as people gathered at the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club Nov. 27 for the Bridge Home Infor

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  • Speculating on Gentrification

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    The unintended consequences

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I ran into Thom and Jerry at the bank recently — not the cartoon characters, both a local realtor and a businessman. Both wanted to know what was happening with the

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  • All the Flags at Half Staff

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    Framing the election, remembering the past

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Once again our nation’s flags were flown at half-staff, a custom signifying untimely death of a large group of people or the death of one de

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  • A Time for Reform and Resistance

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    Janice Hahn, L.A. County Sheriff’s race and the 2018 election

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher It was kind of curious that Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn delivered her second State of the County speech at the World Cruise terminal just a month befo

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  • Neighbors without shelter in San Pedro. A crisis in America

    America, Good or Great

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    This is my street and you’re sleeping on it!

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Some years ago, I was having a drink down at Ante’s bar on Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro when one of the older patrons went off on what makes

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  • Homelessness

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    Two reports, more shouting and three truths

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Nothing gets done these days unless you have a study or a report. But if studies or reports and investigations alone could solve the homeless crisis,

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