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Peter Dreier

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce's Paul Little Applauds LA's Minimum Wage Law

Peter Dreier | November 25, 2015 | Los Angeles
Last summer, the LA City Council adopted a law to establish a citywide minimum wage. As a result, LA's minimum wage will be $10.50 an hour starting in January and will increase gradually to $15 an hour by 2020. After that, it will increase annually by the rate of inflation.
James Scarborough

Making Haste Slowly: Jayme Odgers' Samurai Self-Portraits at Offramp Gallery, Pasadena

James Scarborough | November 25, 2015 | Arts
This come see me trope gets short shrift in an era of disposal, ephemeral selfies on ubiquitous digital platforms. What might be considered a more measured, more artistic variation of the theme becomes exponentially more monumental the moment you appreciate their old school function as a visual diary.
Gina Hall

L.A. Cocktail Menus to Be Thankful For

Gina Hall | November 25, 2015 | Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, fall is best of all. It's because cocktails concocted from the flavorful ingredients of the season are now appearing at many of the finer establishments in town.
Edward Goldman

Art of War and Peace

Edward Goldman | November 24, 2015 | Arts
Los Angeles' art scene continues to burst with high profile museum and gallery exhibitions. But today, I want to share with you a few intriguing and delightful discoveries I made somewhat off the beaten path.
Rep. Judy Chu

ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What If' Question

Rep. Judy Chu | November 24, 2015 | Politics
Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have done everything I can to make sure that residents of the San Gabriel Valley can easily obtain affordable insurance that provides quality care.
Anabel Hernández

Amid Threats and Break-ins, I Won't Stop Investigating the Missing 43 Students

Anabel Hernández | November 24, 2015 | World
The people who broke into my home took a framed picture of my children that had been tucked away out of view and put it face down out in the open. This incident occurred as I'm carrying out an investigative reporting project into Mexico's most high-profile human rights crime.
Ben Huh

My Family Came to This Country Legally, But We Were Almost Deported

Ben Huh | November 24, 2015 | Politics
Our immigration system is an immoral mess that throws obstacle after barricade in front of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It doesn't prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. And it certainly doesn't excel at making America more competitive or innovative.
Deborah De Santis

Ending Homelessness in LA: Looking at the Progress

Deborah De Santis | November 23, 2015 | Impact
Ending homelessness is not about waving a magic wand so no one becomes homeless ever again; rather, it's working hard to make sure the processes and systems are in place so that when a person or family enters homelessness, their housing needs are quickly and appropriately identified, met and sustained.
Steve Peck

Homeless 'Functional Zero' -- We've Stopped the Bleeding, But We Haven't Healed the Wound

Steve Peck | November 23, 2015 | Los Angeles
The image we remember when someone has climbed a mountain is the photo at the top: the exhausted and exhilarated climbers planting the flag at the summit. What we don't often think about is the long descent back to safety.
Charles Karel Bouley

When Will We Take Pedestrian Safety Seriously: On the Loss of Pippa

Charles Karel Bouley | November 23, 2015 | Los Angeles
I've been trying to find something to compare the horror that I feel; some other life experiences people go through that tear their souls out, that rip their heart literally out of their chest so they simply don't want to live.
Jill S. Brown

Top Fitness Trends for 2016: Does Your Favorite Make the List?

Jill S. Brown | November 23, 2015 | Los Angeles
First let's get our semantics straight. This list is about trends, not fads. The difference being that a fad is a phenomenon that blows up quickly, lasts only for a short time, then, fades away. A trend is something that gains momentum and can create long-term impact in the way people think or behave. In other words, a trend is a "movement."
Tom Teicholz

Pictures of LA: Both Sides of Sunset

Tom Teicholz | November 20, 2015 | Arts
In this exhibition, Los Angeles is a place where we see the beauty in the ugly and the ugly in beauty, such as Gary Leonard's beautifully composed image of torched buildings taken during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Time to Stop the GOP Fearmongering

Sen. Barbara Boxer | November 20, 2015 | Politics
When Donald Trump said he would not rule out special identification cards for Muslims, I got the chills. It took me back to when I was a child, and I learned that Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear the Star of David on their clothing.
Kristin Chenoweth

The Biggest Blessing of Them All

Kristin Chenoweth | November 20, 2015 | Parents
if you're thinking about adopting a child, remember that it's a gift you're getting and it comes with just as much responsibility as if you had your child biologically. On top of that, it's a beautiful blessing that you were chosen to take care of this child and become his or her parent.
Bernie Shine

Encore for Merv Griffin

Bernie Shine | November 20, 2015 | Los Angeles
And now here's the dear boy himself, Merv Griffin, whose iconic talk show is now being rerun on Monday nights on getTV. And tonight Merv took a posthumous curtain call at the launch party for the series at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California.
Peter Dreier

Let's Turn Pasadena Into the City of Raises

Peter Dreier | November 19, 2015 | Politics
Raising the minimum wage is both an economic and a moral issue. The economics are clear: Gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 over five years will lift families out of poverty, improve the local economy, and help students overcome obstacles to success in school.
Michael Rose

Tips for Distributing and Monetizing Your Documentary From the AFM

Michael Rose | November 18, 2015 | Los Angeles
Non-fiction is not the AFMs main focus by a long shot but these films do find international buyers at the Market who know they attract audiences looking for something different.
Michael Rose

The Importance of Sales Agents for Your Indie Film - Wisdom from the AFM

Michael Rose | November 17, 2015 | Business
The increasing dependence on foreign pre-sales as part of a film's financing package was the focus of a conference panel at this year's American Film Market in Santa Monica.
Andrew Wild

Reinventing the Mamba

Andrew Wild | November 17, 2015 | Sports
When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close.
John E. Kobara

Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

John E. Kobara | November 17, 2015 | Los Angeles
We all want to help nonprofits continue to deliver measurable and sustainable outcomes. And in Los Angeles, the message is simple and straight forward: value nonprofits by paying them what it costs to provide the vital and essential services we all depend upon.
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