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Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic Jesus

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 02.06.2016 | Entertainment
John Wellington Ennis

The ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars.

Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a Long Run Era

William Bradley | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The Eagles, with a few hiatuses between long and rather leisurely and extremely profitable world tours, haven't really gone away since, though together they have only produced the smash studio double album Long Road Out of Eden.

Global Climate Change Summit Ends With Agreement to Agree, Actual National Plans Falling Far Short, and Some California Coups

William Bradley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
William Bradley

Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.

UN Climate Summit's Scattered Approach Points Up Importance of California and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
William Bradley

There is some very good news and some very bad news about the current United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.

Jerry Brown, Greening California and the Ancien Regime of Oil

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
William Bradley

As long as people are using oil -- and even with Brown's target of cutting use in half by 2030, we'll be using a lot of oil -- why not have California reap the economic rewards?

Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.03.2015 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011.

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

William Bradley | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Obama, Jerry Brown and Climate Change: From the Arctic to the Arabs and the Oil Empire at Home

William Bradley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
William Bradley

President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown have both been pushing the envelope of efforts to bring climate change under control and running up against major ingrown opposition to their efforts.

Turner's Timeless Show of Light, Color and Wonder

William Bradley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts
William Bradley

I've seen the show twice, taking the better part of a day each time. Along with Vermeer and Van Gogh, Turner's one of my very favorite artists. The experience of this show rates as one of the aesthetic highlights of my life.

Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Gray Davis? Which Governor Spearheaded California's Climate Change Program?

William Bradley | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
William Bradley

The Governor of California, with global efforts on climate change seemingly stalled and the concurrence of nations dangerously lacking, is talking up the role of subnational governments and California's pioneering programs, signing international agreements with some and appearing with concerned international leaders.

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball?

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration.

Los Angeles: A Funny Kind of Love

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 06.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Natacha Hildebrand

As a native Angelino, I know it is also a city that is so much more than those stereotypes. It just took me 28 years to realize it.

PlaceInvaders: New York City Pop-Up Dinner Series Now Invading Los Angeles

Karin E. Baker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Karin E. Baker

PlaceInvaders is the latest pop-up dining series to hit Los Angeles. Started in New York by Brooklynites Hagan Blount and Katie Smith-Adair, PlaceInvaders aims to take LA by storm with delicious, five-course dinners, all made from scratch, in unique, transient locations.

Despite Water and Climate Controversies and Urgings for Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts, Jerry Brown Scores High in New Polling

William Bradley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts.

Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Allies: Why Japan, Rather Than Israel, Should Be the New Britain

William Bradley | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's just completed trip to Washington, D.C. and California points up Japan's new status. Our bitter enemy of the mid-20th century is poised to become America's most important ally in the early 21st century.

In Greenhouse California, the Hissing of Summer Lawns Fizzles While Races for Senator and Governor Quietly Take Shape

William Bradley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

One of the most curious staples of suburban American living, the lawn, seems to have had its day in California. With voluntary cutbacks coming up short of the need, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a mandatory cut of 25 percent on water use from 2013 levels.

Matt Ferner

Critics: Orange County DA Needs 'Cleansing With Bleach And Firehoses'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Orange County Bar Association this week issued a strong condemnation of the county's Office of the District Attorney, accusing it o...

Jerry Brown Perks Up On Presidential Politics 35 Years After One of His Best and Most Disastrous Speeches

William Bradley | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

After winning a landslide re-election as governor of California by a whopping 20 points, the 41-year old Brown set out to take down the president he'd beaten in a string of late presidential primaries in 1976.

Los Angeles Ranked Second-Worst City in the U.S. for Saving Money

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.25.2015 | Los Angeles
GOBankingRates

Known for its near-perfect climate and constant excitement, Los Angeles is considered the entertainment capital of the world. In terms of saving money, however, the country's second-largest city ranked as the second-worst according to a recent GOBankingRates study.