Rebuttal: Onward with Fish and Wildlife’s Ballona Project! Respectfully, Mr. Cardiff’s rebuttal to my opinion piece (Onward with Fish and Wildlife’s Ballona Project, Argonaut, 11/24/20), missed the point. I did not attempt nor intend to argue scientific or legal positions. I simply reasoned that we have a choice for Ballona. Fish and Wildlife proposed the correct choice; the “Supercar” version of Ballona – an ambitious, expensive and long duration project, but one which achieves all of the goals established for the Ecological Reserve after decades of consideration by scientific advisory panels relying upon exhaustive studies. We should not “settle”...Read More
The busy thoroughfare can safely thrive during the pandemic By Tim Tunks We walked down Ashland Avenue and beheld a wondrous attraction as we turned up Main Street. Festooned with overhead light bulbs, the wide center corridor was an open walkway with plenty of room for a safe, socially distanced stroll. It was mostly families and couples populating the wide path with a few walking their bikes and scooters. The store windows were brightly lit with holiday displays. The legion of cement K-rails had been called away to other duty, although a few of the ones painted with murals...Read More
Supporting Karen Bass I agree with Rachel Brashier’s advocacy in support of Karen Bass to replace Kamala Harris as one of California’s two senators. Congresswoman Bass is the platonic ideal of participatory democracy, always professional, always polite, always well informed, and always willing to listen to views not in accordance with her own. California couldn’t do better. Ron Richards West Los Angeles, CA ‘Jim Jones Trump’ Donald Trump is a loser like David Perdue. Trump’s voters are rubes and crazy fools. What are you afraid of, racist Republicans? Where did those fascist Trump flags go? Don’t you want to die for...Read More
The congresswoman is the right choice for the US Senate By Rachel Brashier, President, Black Women’s Democratic Club Congresswoman Karen Bass is what American leadership should look like—a changemaker, a bridge-builder, an effective legislator—Bass comes to this moment as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus with nine years of experience representing the people of the 33rd and currently the 37th Congressional District, in addition to decades of community organizing. Bass can confidently traverse the uneven political terrain left by the Trump presidency, and the pandemic’s economic and social labyrinth. And she understands the Californian electorate at its northern and...Read More
A policy idea for community sustainability By Belinda Reiss and Celeste Covarrubias-Macias What is gentrification? Gentrification is an issue that has affected the US for many years. In an article written in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, author Emily Chong states the effects of gentrification include, “Forced displacement, a fostering of discriminatory behavior by people in power, and a focus on spaces that exclude low-income individuals and people of color.” According to urbandisplacement.org, the US Census reported, “In Los Angeles County, the number of gentrified neighborhoods increased by 16% between 1990 and 2015.” Just like any...Read More
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