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The Influence

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

The Influence | February 11, 2016 | Politics
Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.
Stafford Betty

We Went Solar, and So Should You -- Because It's Free

Stafford Betty | February 11, 2016 | Green
For years my wife and I have been getting phone calls about going solar, and for years we've ignored them because it was just too expensive. But today 26 solar panels are mounted on the south side of our roof.
William Bradley

You Say You Want a Revolution ...

William Bradley | February 11, 2016 | Media
Trump's New Hampshire primary triumph vindicates his media-centric campaign and again emphasize the dominance of Trumpism -- his effective hijacking of the aggregated bloc of angry reactionaries largely assembled by Fox News, which ironically now cannot take him down -- in the Republican Party as a whole.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

The U.S. Is Making Things More Dangerous In Central America, Again.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | February 10, 2016 | World
It's time to take stock of policy inconsistencies and re-evaluate how U.S. foreign policy responds to, and may actually perpetuate, violence in Central America through its current deportation policies.
Joel Epstein

Searching for Detroit and Los Angeles

Joel Epstein | February 9, 2016 | Los Angeles
While we may be booming as a city with tens of construction cranes dotting the downtown skyline, it is the thousands of tents of the homeless on the sidewalks and freeway overpasses that have me concerned.
Lionel Richie

A 26-Year-Old Safety Net That Only Gets Stronger

Lionel Richie | February 8, 2016 | Entertainment
The chance to invite my friends and fellow artists to join me in ensuring that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal crisis is deeply important to me for two reasons: it continues a long tradition of musicians giving back to help those in need, and it underscores the challenges faced by professionals who make music their lifelong focus, but who all too often do so at significant personal cost.
Jennifer Havenner

RockSTAR: Music Education With An Edge

Jennifer Havenner | February 9, 2016 | Los Angeles
I started piano lessons when I was five years old. My grandmother was a professional musician and music teacher, and it was desperately hoped that I had inherited at least a little bit of her talent. Turns out, musical talent is a much...
The Conversation US

New Initiative From Governor Jerry Brown Could Reform Sentencing In California, Cut Prison Terms

The Conversation US | February 5, 2016 | Crime
The initiative seeks to reintroduce parole hearings and early releases. If it passes, nonviolent felons will come up for parole once they complete the basic term for their original offense.
Danny Glover

Sanders Campaign Is a Genuine Progressive Social Movement for Democracy

Danny Glover | February 4, 2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers thought was impossible. This campaign is a rare, perhaps unprecedented event in this country's modern electoral history. It deserves the support of everyone who favors social and economic justice.
Steve Peck

Why the VA's New Tune About Services for Homeless Vets Is Music to My Ears

Steve Peck | February 5, 2016 | Los Angeles
VA Secretary Bob McDonald was in Los Angeles last week to unveil the much-anticipated master plan for the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus and sat for an interview with KPCC, one of our local public radio stations. As you would expect, he's enthusiastic about the master plan. After...
Elysabeth Alfano

Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman on Life During and After Seinfeld and His Book, It Won't Always Be This Great

Elysabeth Alfano | February 4, 2016 | Entertainment
Writer and Co-Executive Producer of Seinfeld, Peter Mehlman, joined me in Los Angeles to discuss how he fell into writing for the show and what it was like being a part of what the Writers Guild of America called the second "Best Written TV Series of All Time."
Timothy Murphy

Stopping Gentrification Is Half the Battle

Timothy Murphy | February 4, 2016 | Religion
The fight for livable cities for all people, and not just the well-off, is underway with living wage proposals passing around the country, but it is only half the battle.
Gina Hall

Fall in Love with L.A.'s Valentine's Day Menus

Gina Hall | February 3, 2016 | Los Angeles
Love is in the air. The bone-chilling, frostbiting air. And if it's not love in the air, at least it's something close, like the scent of black truffles wafting over warm, cheesy pasta. That's right, it's nearly Valentine's Day once again, time to brave another dining encounter with someone who came from the Internet, or reach into the freezer for a Stouffer's and a pint of Ben & Jerry.
Ira Israel

Why The DEN Is The Best Meditation Studio In Los Angeles

Ira Israel | February 10, 2016 | Los Angeles
Don't just do something. Sit there! ~ Sylvia Boorstein I saw a guy today at Starbucks. He had no smartphone, tablet or laptop. He just sat there drinking his coffee. Like a psychopath. ~ Twitter Before computers and mobile telephones I spent...
Edward Goldman

Gods, Nudes, Politics

Edward Goldman | February 2, 2016 | Arts
I bet my bottom dollar that this gorgeous painting, with its life-size nude figure greeting her divine lover, will become a major attraction in the Getty collection. And hopefully, no visiting politicians object to being photographed in front of it.
Walaa Chahine

Hijabi Fangirls -- We're Out There

Walaa Chahine | February 2, 2016 | Women
Yup, that's me imitating Nick Offerman at BookCon 2015. As a fangirl, I was ecstatic that a photo of me made it to the official gallery of a convention. As a Muslim fangirl, I was proud. It's not every day that a hijabi is portrayed as part of the fangirl experience.
Dr. Howard Samuels

The Fourth Wave

Dr. Howard Samuels | February 3, 2016 | Los Angeles
Matt Kumin, a San Francisco attorney who personally raised over $100,000 to fund two different lawsuits challenging the federal government's restrictions on cannabis patients, expertly outlined what he coined as the three waves of pot legalization. The First Wave, he points out, was led by Dennis Peron, who launched a...
Yasmin Nouh

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Yasmin Nouh | February 8, 2016 | Women
By addressing how our responses to survivors play a critical role in the healing process, these women show that dealing with sexual assault should not be an individual's burden alone, but a collective responsibility we embrace with compassion and the utmost care.
John Mirisch

Enough Hand-Wringing and Kneejerk Blowback: Let's Rethink Metro's Ridership Slump, New Tax

John Mirisch | February 6, 2016 | Los Angeles
The Metro Board now has a historic opportunity to fix Metro's ridership slump by providing real leadership for the benefit of all the residents in LA County; not surprisingly, it involves more -- much more -- than simply trying to get us all to pass another transportation tax.
Heather Magee

Giving LA Foster Youth A Sense of Home

Heather Magee | February 1, 2016 | Canada Living
In Los Angeles County alone, there are 35,000 youth in foster care right now. At age 18 or 21, state and federal support abruptly ends and the youth who aren't adopted are ejected out of the foster system, many without the support of family or any community networks to help them make a successful transition into adulthood. Many of these young people are smart, driven, kind and articulate, determined to lead fulfilling, productive lives. Something as simple as the kindness of strangers getting together to set up their first pad can go a long way in helping these kids realize their potential.
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