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Saddest casualty of all: The school play and the unknown loss

Saddest casualty of all: The school play and the unknown loss

| September 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the pandemic hit in March (remember March?), theater productions everywhere were cancelled. Large theaters, 99-seat theaters, summer theaters, etc. all suffered devastating artistic and financial losses, from which many will never recover. Indeed, the entire play- (and concert-) going experience may be changed if not quite forever, then for a very long time to […]

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On Preservation: Turns out that ‘Missing Middle Housing’ has been here all along

On Preservation: Turns out that ‘Missing Middle Housing’ has been here all along

| September 2, 2020 | 1 Comment

It must be the heat. The dog days of summer in Los Angeles are when our climate takes a break from its normal programming to remind us that we do indeed live in a desert. The heat turns up to broiling, and the sun bleaches the color out of everything. The senses dull, and a […]

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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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