• Fear or Courage — False Narritives on Freedom

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher “Don’t you know They’re talkin’ bout a revolution It sounds like a whisper …” — Tracy Chapman The psychology of fear is one of the most motivating and debilitating factors o

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  • Here Come the Robots:

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    The global trade battle is at the doorsteps of the local economy

    The stage is set and the battle lines are drawn in the fight over automation at the Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400. On June 20, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted 3 - 2  to deny ILWU Local 13’s appeal of

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  • Homeless on the Corner of 9th and Beacon Streets

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    Triage is the only right-now solution

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Service Agency report landed like a bombshell on the county and city of Los Angeles. Countywide, the numbers surged 12 percent bu

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  • I Think that it Rained Today

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    Feather toy news, car chases, the weather report and other distractions

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The other day it rained around noontime, an unseasonal downpour that lingered briefly, then blew on out to the Arizona desert

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  • 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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