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Madeline Janis

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President Obama: The Solution to Unprecedented Inequality is Good Jobs and Opportunities for the Disadvantaged

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Last week, the U.K. publication The Guardian used an interesting anecdote to describe the key finding of an Oxfam report on global inequality: The world's 85 richest people now own more wealth than the planet's poorest 3.5 billion people. All of the world's wealthiest individuals, Guardian writer Graeme...

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Jan Perry: Speaking Power to Truth

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:48 PM

A recent Los Angeles Times profile portrayed mayoral candidate and Los Angeles Councilmember Jan Perry as a politician with a "willingness to speak her mind" and, quoting Perry herself, as someone who likes to "cut to the chase in my words and deeds." The Times also quoted dignitaries...

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Richard Riordan's Wrong Ideas Don't Deserve a Second Chance

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 3:33 PM

Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan has been in the news lately, arguing that city leaders need to take drastic steps to make Los Angeles more business friendly and get the city functioning again. He has blamed public sector unions for every woe facing the region, including the current financial crisis...

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L.A.'s Redistricting War and the Health of Our Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 11:59 AM

On and off for two years -- between 1988 and 1993 -- I worked at the law firm of Latham and Watkins, representing some of the most powerful developers and corporations in Los Angeles. I vividly remember going down to the council chambers in City Hall, standing at the rope...

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The Right Wing Message Machine Is Fumbling on the Economy

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster and messaging guru, gave a recent talk where he described his 10 biggest Do's and Don'ts for talking about the economy in the post occupy Wall Street environment. It's worth reviewing these 10 points and reflecting on what Luntz's insights on behalf of the 1%...

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Wisconsin Is the World

(164) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 3:13 PM

I'm writing after an exhilarating day in Madison, where I went with 160 leaders from L.A. -- nurses, teachers, janitors, hotel workers, people from every walk of life. I came to connect with people who are in the middle of one of the ugliest fights in a long time, a...

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Fix California Redevelopment -- Don't Kill It

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the elimination of California's redevelopment agencies. But a better idea is to refocus redevelopment on its original noble mission -- the alleviation of poverty and the strengthening of disadvantaged communities. This is more important today than ever before.

Read more in today's L.A....

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Are Cars the New "Affordable Housing" for the Working Poor?

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM

Yesterday, LAANE's research director Carolina Briones was a guest on the Patt Morrison Show, which airs on KPCC, a local NPR station. The subject was poverty, and LAANE had just released analysis of the new census data showing the extent of poverty at the...

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Good Jobs: The Only Cure for Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 11:45 AM

We didn't need the Census poverty data released today to tell us what we already know: families are facing the highest rates of economic hardship in a generation. However, maybe such stark numbers can help increase the urgency around one of the most important issues of this moment...

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Time to Be Proud of What We Stand for

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 2:22 PM

As a local public official, I'm often accused of being an advocate for "special interests."

I serve on the board of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, the city agency charged with creating jobs, fostering development, and revitalizing Los Angeles neighborhoods. I also serve as the...

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It's Time to Lead -- And That Means You!

(10) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 1:11 AM

Data on Rising Poverty and Declining Incomes Should Serve as a Call to Action

The U.S. Census released data earlier in the month showing poverty on the rise and incomes declining. That incomes have fallen and poverty is rising might not seem to be such a surprise as we confront...

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Perspective from L.A.: Empowering Women in the New Economy

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2008 | 3:26 PM

It's no secret that our economy has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past three decades. In Los Angeles and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been replaced by service sector jobs, many of them low paid. This shift has contributed to the rapid growth of poverty and...

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