California is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental causes, but our legislators have been far too entangled with the petrochemical lobby to get the job done on banning plastic bags statewide.
Los Angeles is one of the most populated cities in the nation. It's a city of 12 million plus vehicles and, at times, it can feel like all 12 million are trying to get to the same place at the same time. In fact, across the country, Los Angeles has become synonymous with gridlock.
As we enter the home stretch of the L.A. primary season, I urge everyone to get involved, do your research and, vote for the candidate who will take the city in the direction you desire. It really is up to you on March 5.
Let's be clear -- solar energy makes sense for Los Angeles. I believe the City of Los Angeles can be the leader in solar energy and technology; we have the people, the brain trust and the climate here to make this happen.
Los Angeles needs to enter an era of responsibility. I was taught not to make promises I could not keep and to live within my means. We must have an honest discussion about the state of our city and how we operate.
Los Angeles is a special place, blessed with diversity and many unique neighborhoods, which make one of the greatest cities in the world. But the city will only realize its potential if leaders face up to the challenges and make the right choices.
Los Angeles made a name for itself as the mural capital of the world between 1986-2002, when murals were encouraged and celebrated in the city. But in 2002 the city instituted a city-wide moratorium on murals.