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My State of the City

Watching Mayor Eric Garcetti give his eloquent State of the City address from the Valley Performing Acts Center at Cal State Northridge got me thinking about my own performance this past year when it comes to key indicator data likeShow More Summary

Sustainable Business in LA: One Cup at a Time

Last week's announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti of the Sustainable City pLAn has gotten Angelenos' attention. Indeed many around the world seem to have noticed and are now looking to LA, yes Los Angeles, for leadership on large cityShow More Summary

Art, War, Gold

It's been exactly nine years since the glorious day when Michael Govan, the newly appointed Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, greeted a larger than usual crowd at a press opening in March of 2006. He started with a priceless...Show More Summary

How's [the Trash] Business in LA? Picking Up.

Today, we're talking garbage. That title is a riff on the punch line of a Borscht Belt joke about a rags bottles man (junk collector). But trash in LA is no laughing matter. In fact, it's so serious that a team led by City Administrative...Show More Summary

"Everywhere We Go, It's the Tottenham Boys Making All the Noise" at the Greyhound Bar in Highland Park

"He's one of our own" - Tottenham's new homegrown hero, Harry Kane - Getty Images It was an ungodly 5 a.m. on a recent Saturday, and the strains of a rousing English soccer club anthem, "When the Spurs go Marching In," strutted out from the Greyhound Bar in Northeast Los Angeles across Figueroa Street. Show More Summary

LeBron James And Cavs Are Still Searching For An Identity

It's not that the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't going to score points. Newly minted head coach David Blatt should be able eventually to get his three superstars -- including young point guard Kyrie Irving, who understands pick-and-rollShow More Summary

A Police Manhunt and Race: The Difference Between Eric Frein & Christopher Dorner

After a massive 48-day manhunt, three deputy U. S. Marshals saw accused cop killer Eric Frein "moving through tall grass..." and they "could see his hands... he had no weapon." Frein was taken into custody near an abandoned airport hangar without incident. Show More Summary

Nightcrawler Nation

When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal's mouth, I could have kissed him. If he'd added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory...Show More Summary

Aye Carumba! Ole, Ole! The Dances That Are Connecting People Throughout L.A. and Around the World

Salsa dancers in Pacific Palisades, CA - Photographed by Lisa Konczal/Vérité Creative Los Angeles provides a level of diversity like few other places. Home to nearly four million people (L.A. county at a good ten million) it lends itself...Show More Summary

The Storied, Old-School L.A. Metal Scene Gets Its Close-Up: Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez Talk 'Inside Metal' Documentary

I've had occasion to mention previously in this space one of the more quirky aspects of my background -- the deep exposure I had in my teens, quite by accident, to music history in the making by virtue of hanging around Los Angeles's famed Sunset Strip in the 1980s toward the tail end of an era there the likes we will never see again. Show More Summary

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

In his 2004 book Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 "positive" traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking,...Show More Summary

Gorgeous, Voluptuous and Only Four Hundred Years Old

The most successful artist of his time; his gorgeous, voluptuous and very expensive artworks --often of monumental scale -- is an absolute must-have for the powerful and wealthy. No, no, no... I am not talking about Jeff Koons. Let's...Show More Summary

Voting for Solutions, Standing Against Hate

Flipping through an American history textbook, you will see countless examples dating back to the founding of the country of anti-immigration laws and policies that have gained the support of politicians and legislatures. Since the eighteenth...Show More Summary

New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

As part of a 10-year initiative called Building Healthy Communities, The California Endowment, a private statewide health organization based in Los Angeles, is sponsoring an architecture and ideas competition to design housing for farm...Show More Summary

The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man

In what took Usher most of his 20-year music career to accomplish, it took Justin Bieber just a short five years to reap similar financial success and actually surpass his mentor. Usher Raymond IV was an R&B phenom who started his career much like Bieber as a young teen and is among America's top selling artists. Show More Summary

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization. Virtually all of us take drugs every single day. Show More Summary

Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Out of the Closet or Not, And Here's Why

Earlier this week, "Dancing With The Stars" judge Julianne Hough was discussing "Mean Girls" star and DWTS contestant Jonathan Bennett on "Extra" with host Mario Lopez. "[Bennett] tweeted me last year and said, like, I had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer," she said. Show More Summary

Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. I've been an advocate and community activist supporting race relations for nearly two decades in Los Angeles. Show More Summary

A Survivor's story becomes a Silicon Valley dream come true and a calling to give back -

In a community replete with success stories, not often are there equally impressive tales of philanthropy. Bita Daryabari changes that. As a Persian woman who came to the US as an immigrant child, and learned to assimilate under theShow More Summary

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