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LA Metro's New Sales Tax: When 'Bold' Isn't 'Beautiful'

John Mirisch | Posted 04.28.2016 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Metro should not focus on the technologies of the past hundred years. The proposal for spending the $130 billion is backwards-looking rather than forward-thinking and has very little funding set aside for new and developing technologies such as autonomous vehicles, which have the potential to revolutionize public transportation.

A One-Stop Genius Bar for U.S. Citizenship

John E. Kobara | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Applying to be a citizen is very challenging - perhaps as it should be. But surveys of LPRs reveal many myths and fears. It is no wonder many have waited decades.

Los Angeles Homeless Plan: Find Change Here

Joel John Roberts | Posted 03.27.2016 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Paul stood at the 101 Freeway off-ramp, holding a cardboard sign that read, "Spare Change?" He was a veteran in our armed services who lived on our st...

Paddlers Find Dead Dog Tied To Shovel Stuck Underwater

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.19.2016 | Crime

Los Angeles County officials are investigating the death of a dog found tied to a shovel stuck in the sand at a local beach. The mixed-breed likely dr...

The Shameful State of the Mentally Ill in Our Jail System

Margaret Moodian | Posted 02.23.2016 | Crime
Margaret Moodian

In the United States, our system for treating mental illness is so broken that sometimes people with mental health issues will break the law so that they can get treated in jail.

Ending Homelessness in LA: Looking at the Progress

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

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.

Exide Cleanup: The Road Forward

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 08.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

Though there is significant work to be done in holding Exide and others accountable for what has happened, the absolute first priority is for a thorough and comprehensive cleanup to begin immediately.

Community Activists Crush Conservative Politicians With LA County $15 Minimum Wage Victory

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Starting next year, the Altadena Walmart, which opened in March 2013, will be paying all of its employees at least $10.50 an hour and will be paying $15 an hour by 2020. If you think that the Waltons -- the heirs to Walmart founder Sam Walton -- suddenly developed a social conscience, think again.

Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Hilda L. Solis

This is a hard issue and an important decision. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that something must be done to combat the rising inequality that is weakening our society. Ensuring that anyone who works full time can support their family is a solid step in that direction.

The New Normal: Mega Donors and Fewer Recipients

John E. Kobara | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

The recently released annual report on American philanthropy, Giving USA, cites a 5.4 percent surge in charitable giving last year to $358.4 billion, reaching above pre-recession levels.

Party at the Sacred Mountain for 5 Points Gathering 2015

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

For centuries, the mountain has been an important symbol to the spirituality of mankind. Often referred to as the Holy or Sacred Mountain, in many cultures its peaks were worshiped as Earth's closest steeple to heaven and other celestial dimensions.

L.A.'s Human Face of Big Data

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Whereas. That's how my work day began. With a festive farewell breakfast and City of Los Angeles proclamation in the Mayor's Press Room for outgoing D...

Addressing Wage Stagnation and Income Inequality in LA County

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

With the Los Angeles City Council's recent approval to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, it is my hope that we on the Board of Supervisors will move swiftly to address income inequality and wage stagnation in Los Angeles County.

Going After the Buyers in Commercial Sex Trafficking

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Our law enforcement efforts should focus on the adults soliciting or selling children. I am pleased to unite with our partners in DC to send the message: Buyers beware, you cannot hide and you will now face the consequences.

Making L.A. a More Equitable Place, Together

John E. Kobara | Posted 06.27.2015 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

We want L.A. to continue to be known as the land of opportunity and great weather. We also want L.A. to be known for its incredible diversity, and to stand out for the equitable way it grows and manages its growth.

Feds Raid Alleged 'Maternity Tourism' Hotels That Help Pregnant Foreign Women Give Birth In U.S.

Reuters | Steve Gorman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Crime

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity touris...

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I can't think of a better place to unleash this concept than in Los Angeles, where our future is being driven by small business entrepreneurs, especially immigrants. Los Angeles is a city of dreams. We have among the highest entrepreneurial activity in the country.

Preventive Analytics and Child Protection

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Sheffield's first reaction was "devastation, disappointment, depression, tragedy: any and everything that could be negative." Even if she didn't fully realize it as a pregnant teen in 2004, the prospects for her baby girl were less than optimal.

Bobby Shriver - Chamber Made

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Because Richard Nixon earned the reputation as "Tricky Dick" and was later associated with the Watergate scandal, many Americans mistakenly believe that Republicans have a monopoly on dirty tricks. They don't.

David Lohr

Woman Who Hid Boyfriend's Body Parts In Flower Pots Sentenced

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 10.03.2014 | Crime

A California woman who hid the dismembered remains of her boyfriend in flower pots that she gave away on Mother's Day 2011 has been sentenced to 26 ye...

How A 10-Month-Old Baby Ends Up In Foster Care

OWN | Posted 07.02.2014 | OWN

In Los Angeles County, a dense labyrinth of cities and neighborhoods covers more than 4,000 square miles. The area is home to 9.9 million people (2.5 ...

California City Becomes First To Vote To Ban Fracking

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.24.2014 | Green

Beverly Hills is set to become California’s first municipality to ban fracking after the city council unanimously voted Tuesday night to ban the con...

'Champion of Labor' Sheila Kuehl's Next Challenge: LA County Government

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

Kuehl is well-known for her legislative skills, her compassion, and her quick sense of humor. What many don't know is that she's also a policy wonk who already understands the details of LA County's complex $26 billion budget.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department Needs Civilian Oversight Now

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Neither the departure of one Sheriff nor the arrival of a new one will bring the type of sustained, structural improvements to the department that the residents of Los Angeles County are demanding.