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Gina Hall

How to Hit the Refresh Button on the L.A. Dating Scene

Gina Hall | July 27, 2016 | Los Angeles
If you're feeling burned out with the same old dates, it's time to "update." Several classic experiences have been modernized, including some activities you might not have even thought about since college. With that in mind, here are three updates for you this summer.
Hilda L. Solis

Taxing Marijuana to Fight Homelessness

Hilda L. Solis | July 22, 2016 | Los Angeles
As the richest society on earth, we cannot tolerate almost 50,000 men, women, and children living on our streets. We can do better than this, and we must.
George Lakoff

Understanding Trump

George Lakoff | July 24, 2016 | Politics
Why does Donald Trump publicly insult other candidates and political leaders mercilessly? Quite simply, because he knows he can win an onstage TV insult game. In strict conservative eyes, that makes him a formidable winning candidate who deserves to be a winning candidate.
MuslimGirl

Let's Talk About The Dress Code For Muslim Men

MuslimGirl | July 22, 2016 | Religion
Covering up a bit more than usual at the beach while your wife or sister is beautifully covered is a wonderful form of solidarity. It's also a great form of modesty.  Your wife or sister will appreciate it.
Tavis Smiley

Mother Of Baton Rouge Police Shooter Speaks For The First Time: 'My Son Had PTSD Which Went Untreated'

Tavis Smiley | July 21, 2016 | Politics
Corine Woodley, mother of the Baton Rouge police shooter Gavin Eugene Long, in an EXCLUSIVE conversation shares revealing details unknown until now about her troubled son.
Ira Israel

The Genius of Cindy Sherman

Ira Israel | July 18, 2016 | Los Angeles
There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; ~ T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Nietzsche Cindy...
Donnie Demers

Not The Norm: Norman Lear Gives A SH*T

Donnie Demers | July 18, 2016 | Entertainment
When you listen to Norman Lear speak, it's like a masterclass in humanity. He is confident, compassionate and remarkably sensitive to those voices that have the most difficulty being heard.
Barbra Streisand

Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Donald Trump: Unprecedented Or A Supreme Court Norm?

Barbra Streisand | July 15, 2016 | Politics
Strong, opinionated women, like "The Notorious RBG," are always criticized. She spoke what many people already feel about the utterly unqualified Donald Trump. Her comments deserve a deeper analysis beyond subjective punditry or sanctimonious Tweets.
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Mike Pence: A Right-Wing Record On Steroids

Sen. Barbara Boxer | July 15, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential nominee speaks volumes about just how dangerous a Trump Administration would be.
Daniel Guss

Garcetti Re-appoints Delinquent, No-Show, Suspended Attorney

Daniel Guss | July 15, 2016 | Los Angeles
Call it the Eric Garcetti Trickle-Down Theory of Dishonesty, where the city's top executive has so consistently told half-truths to the public that mendacity has drip, drip, dripped down to his voluntary Commission appointments. There was Garcetti's $1,400 per plate DC fundraiser for his re-election coffers on the eve of...
Alexis Shaak

What It's Like Growing Up With First Responder Parents

Alexis Shaak | July 21, 2016 | Impact
I am an only child, but I have always had a fourth family member living with me, my mom, and my dad. No, it wasn’t another human or a pet, it was a pager. I grew up with first responder parents. My father is a volunteer firefighter and...
Jessica Leader

Will The Next Natural Disaster Doom The Nation's Energy Grid?

Jessica Leader | July 14, 2016 | Green
Natural disasters are, and will be, the main undoing of California's power structure. Climate change is already impacting the grid, due to significant shifts in temperature and weather patterns.
Stephen Mattson

History Will Judge Today's Christians According To These 4 Questions

Stephen Mattson | July 14, 2016 | Religion
You can look back in history and criticize Christians for failing to follow Jesus during some of the world's darkest moments, but today's Christians will also be judged according to their actions, and here are four moral questions facing today's Christians.
Bryan Schonfeld

No LUVE in Santa Monica: The Problem with Real Estate Referenda

Bryan Schonfeld | July 13, 2016 | Los Angeles
Last week, the United Kingdom voted, via referendum, to leave the European Union, harming its economy and much of its political system in the process. It has now become clear that the victory for "Leave" in the United Kingdom was based largely on fear mongering and nativism, as a group...
Sen. Barbara Boxer

De-Escalate The Suspicion, Escalate The Trust

Sen. Barbara Boxer | July 14, 2016 | Politics
The Civil Rights Movement made enormous progress in changing our laws, but the trouble still remains in our hearts. There is still too much hatred and distrust in our communities.
Ian Spanier

Right Next Door: Kelly Kelleher, Farm-to-Table Restaurateur

Ian Spanier | July 13, 2016 | Los Angeles
For Kelly Kelleher, deciding to organize a "farm network" was simply a way to support local farmers and ensure that her town of Point Lookout, in Long Island's Nassau County, would have access to plenty of fresh food.
John Mirisch

Adventures In Corporate Giveaways: The Curious Case Of Anaheim, CA

John Mirisch | July 13, 2016 | Los Angeles
Inspired by the Dalai Lama, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait created the "City of Kindness" initiative. The goal is as simple as the initiative's title: people should be kind to each other, because, as Mayor Tait asks: "Who wouldn't want to live in a city of kindness?" While for the past...
Joel Epstein

Vote Early and Often for LA Metro

Joel Epstein | July 13, 2016 | Los Angeles
I'm home again, for a few minutes at least. Hey, cut me some slack; have you ever heard of snow and ice? It's summer and to fully appreciate the places I've been, this is the best time of the year to be there. As usually happens when I spend time...
Jenell Stewart

Natural Hair Creates A More Inclusive Beauty Standard

Jenell Stewart | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Collectively our voices are effecting changes in creating a more inclusive standard of beauty. Everyday that we learn more about our hair and document our experiences publicly is another day we support a Black woman who is nervous about finally coming into her own and accepting her natural hair.
Jennifer Aniston

For The Record

Jennifer Aniston | July 13, 2016 | Women
Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done.  I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to...
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