Category: Interviews

Bonin and the Homelessness Crisis:

Encampment sweeps, bridge housing and mounting frustration — what happens next? {First of Two Parts} By Joe Piasecki Impeachment is big world news, but in West Los Angeles the story that really gets people going is the local homelessness crisis and the city’s response to it — or, as critics argue, the city’s complete and utter failure to mount an effective response to a growing problem. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, elected to a second term in 2017 with a resounding 71% of the vote, has since become the No. 1 target of public frustrations about homelessness in...

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Venice Family Clinic CEO Discusses Trump Team’s Visit about Homeless Crisis

Venice Family Clinic CEO Elizabeth Benson Forer was one of several health care professionals who met with representatives of the Trump administration on Sept. 10, when officials were in town for a day of meetings and briefings about the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Clinic Director of Homeless Healthcare Dr. Coley King, the medical lead for street teams that seek out and treat patients at encampments, was also part of the discussion. On a campaign swing through California a week later, President Donald Trump told reporters homeless encampments in Los Angeles and San Francisco blight the Golden State’s “best...

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Fluid Intelligence

Google Empathy Lab founder Ananda Danielle Krettek is harnessing the spiritual teachings of Ram Dass to make technology more ‘human’ By Christina Campodonico As a Google employee in Venice, Ananda Danielle Krettek has worked on the kinds of projects you might expect, like voice assistant technologies and AI (artificial intelligence). But her days also involve conducting humanistic research studies, making books, creating tone poems and even foraying into film (more on that later). As founder and head of the Google Empathy Lab, it’s her job, as she told an audience in Australia, “to speak human at a table with...

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Q&A: LAUSD Board’s Nick Melvoin Says School Rankings Can Drive Improvement

The Argonaut: What are the top characteristics parents should look for in a school? Nick Melvoin: Thinking back to my time as a student and a teacher and now as a board member talking to parents, I think the quality of the people is the first thing I would look for — a strong principal, great faculty. I’m pleased to say we’re opening the school year with really dynamic adults at our schools. Also, the diversity of programs … looking at what the school has to offer besides just the basics, and afterschool programs as well. Why should LAUSD...

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A Showman for the Truth

Mike Wallace documentary is a stark reminder of the sorry state of public dialogue in our time By Bliss Bowen Unlike many documentaries, director Avi Belkin’s “Mike Wallace is Here” features no talking heads analyzing the hard-charging, complex “60 Minutes” anchor who built his career asking tough, often controversial questions. Instead, the 90-minute film’s narrative arc is crafted entirely from CBS archive footage, much of it previously unseen  — an effective way of making the past feel more present — and shows Wallace’s unorthodox trajectory from commercial pitchman to investigative journalist, starting with 1955’s “Night Beat.” Belkin says he...

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