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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 3, 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 2, 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.
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.
Joel Epstein

Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | February 1, 2016 | Los Angeles
I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.
Jenna Elfman

Restoring a Child's Life After the Unthinkable Happens

Jenna Elfman | February 1, 2016 | Impact
We must embrace these children after their traumatic experiences and tell them: "You are a loved human being who's worthy in our society, who has rights to freedom and liberty, and to being valued for mind, body, and soul."
Patricia Zohn

CultureZohn: Bravo Benjamin!

Patricia Zohn | February 1, 2016 | Arts
It has been a short but well-travelled road for LA Dance Project, Benjamin Milliepied's artistic dance collective.
Jennifer Havenner

Grab Yer' Kilt and Head to ScotsFestival!

Jennifer Havenner | February 1, 2016 | Los Angeles
photo: The Queen Mary I have a deeply felt love for my Scottish heritage. My recent obsession with Ancestry.com has confirmed what my Grandfather always told me, I am about 150% Scottish. Much debate has raged in my family over tartans and...
William Bradley

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | February 1, 2016 | Media
Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.
Michelle DeRusha

Why I'm Not Cool With My 96% White Church

Michelle DeRusha | January 29, 2016 | Religion
Racism in America may be seen as a problem generally...but it's not seen as a problem for us -- for upper-middle class white people attending a white church and, for the most part, living in white suburbia.
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Time for Congress to Act on Campus Sexual Assault

Sen. Barbara Boxer | February 3, 2016 | Politics
For too long, college students have suffered in silence in the face of these attacks, hurt by a culture that encouraged these crimes to be swept under the rug. This is an epidemic and a stain upon our nation -- and it is long past time that Congress took action to address it.
R.F. Hemphill

Sean Penn -- Dead Man Walking, for Real This Time

R.F. Hemphill | January 28, 2016 | Crime
Suppose that you are a ruthless drug lord, even a diminutive one, running a completely illegal billion dollar a year commercial operation that sources drugs in central America, processes them, and then arranges to smuggle them across the border to the apparently infinite U.S. market.
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