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On Preservation: Assaults from Sacramento, part two: The Assembly now attacks!

On Preservation: Assaults from Sacramento, part two: The Assembly now attacks!

| July 29, 2020 | 3 Comments

When I last reported on the shotgun blast of California State Senate bills aimed at the heart of single-family neighborhoods and the quaint idea of local control, I had been keeping an eye on the second barrel coming out of the Assembly which produced its own buckshot of bills. Like the Senate proposals, these bills […]

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Nearby Black-owned restaurants worth supporting post-BLM protests

Nearby Black-owned restaurants worth supporting post-BLM protests

| July 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The recent protests have sparked a nationwide conversation about the meaning of Black Lives Matter and how best to move forward and effect change. One recommended action is to support Black-owned businesses, and an enjoyable way to do that is to eat one’s way through the varied cuisines found in our city’s myriad Black-owned restaurants, […]

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On Books and Places: Some statues are worth saving; some people worth remembering

On Books and Places: Some statues are worth saving; some people worth remembering

| July 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

A statue of Haym Salomon resides on the southeast corner of Pan Pacific Park. As I write this column, the bronze figure sits barricaded by a chain link fence and construction activity on Third Street. It’s visible as one drives west towards Farmers Market, but few will now walk near the statue through the surrounding […]

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Economic crisis requires more federal assistance

Economic crisis requires more federal assistance

| July 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is now August, and the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic — rather than tapering down to a manageable level — has exploded in Los Angeles and communities across the United States. Along with a public health crisis that has taken the lives of tens of thousands of Americans, we are experiencing an economic […]

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Westlake Theatre’s crown jewels were talk of Foundation

Westlake Theatre’s crown jewels were talk of Foundation

| July 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The morning of July 11, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) hosted “Coffee and Conversation” (online, of course). The subject was the Westlake Theatre, located on Alvarado St. at the edge of MacArthur Park. LAHTF members Tiffany Mitsche, David Saffer, Mike Hume and Anthony Caldwell highlighted the crown jewels of the property that include […]

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On Preservation: Sacramento strikes back: with the many sons of failed SB 50

On Preservation: Sacramento strikes back: with the many sons of failed SB 50

| July 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a maxim in politics that states, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” a saying currently being amply exploited by our legislature in Sacramento. Under the cover of a global pandemic and civil unrest, once again State Sen. Scott Wiener, the maestro of failed SB 50, is trying to foist dodgy housing […]

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