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Tag: Los Angeles

Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

A Reporter Who Covered the Watts Riots 50 Years Ago Today Looks Back

A first glance at seemingly normal neighborhoods did not reveal the oppression and angst that had fueled one of the most violence uprisings in U.S. history. One had to probe deeper to find that raw nerve.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Judge Releases Footage of Police Killing Unarmed Man in L.A. Suburb

A legal order has led to the public release of dashcam footage showing a 34-year-old man being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in 2013.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Police Commission Rules Ezell Ford Shooting Not Within LAPD Policy (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners ruled Tuesday that the actions of one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford were not within department policy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

L.A. Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Edward Snowden

A recent L.A. Times editorial called for the whistleblower’s prosecution. As Glenn Greenwald writes in denouncing the editorial, this is part of a wider journalistic war on transparency.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Workers Who Won $15 an Hour in Los Angeles

The pay raise will benefit government and the city’s economy as a whole, researchers say. Those who rallied for this important change have helped many others while helping themselves.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

10 Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

I was a junior in high school on April 22, 1970, on the first Earth Day, when environmentalism meant something different than it does now.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

N.Y. State Snowpack

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

Many Young Americans May Never Escape the City

Young people who flocked to the United States’ biggest metro areas to build careers are finding it harder to leave as places elsewhere that many of them find more desirable for raising families do not offer well-paying jobs.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

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Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE

Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent

Where police show restraint, demonstrators often reciprocate.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE

‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE

The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


Beverly Hills, Fearing ISIS Attack, Fights Public Transportation

The city with the most famous ZIP code in the world has spent years and millions of dollars trying to block a public subway expansion through its gilded gates, but its reasoning has slipped into the absurd.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE

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Los Angeles Called ‘Epicenter’ of Cartel Money Laundering

Agents from the FBI and ICE swept through downtown L.A.’s fashion district on Wednesday, grabbing $65 million that allegedly belongs to Mexican drug traffickers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE

Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Los Angeles Port Truckers Are On Strike

Drivers for three of the largest companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began an “indefinite strike” this week, claiming that they often make below minimum wage and that they have been unfairly labeled as independent contractors, which prevents them from unionizing.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdig Named Best News Website at L.A. Press Club Awards

On Sunday evening, Truthdig staffers converged at the ornate Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

Diverse Group of Wealthy Elite Funded Attack on L.A. Teachers

Republicans, liberals, Hollywood stars and multinational corporate executives are all donating to the effort to strip public schools and teachers in Los Angeles and beyond of the means to perform their work without interference from private interests.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE

Social Disregard Guides Anti-Teacher Ruling in L.A.

To those who won a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday “declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers ‘unconstitutional,’ ” teachers unions are at the center of the California school system’s problems—not poverty or inequality—Michael Hiltzik writes at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE

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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

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L.A. Sues America’s Biggest Bank Alleging Predatory Lending

On Friday, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing it of pushing minority borrowers to take on risky home loans that would ultimately cost the city at least $1.7 billion in lost revenue and maintenance.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE

NBA Commissioner Denies Donald Sterling’s Hearing Delay Bid

Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA would not grant Donald Sterling an extension for a planned hearing and added he is confident it will be able to force the Los Angeles Clippers owner to sell the team.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: JoAnn Wypijewski

The Nation magazine journalist asks us to consider whether the internment of hundreds of public school teachers in district gulags is part of the ongoing effort to privatize education.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE


An L.A. Story That’s All Too Familiar

When a city is forced to spend more on Wall Street fees than on basic public services, it is the sign of trouble.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE

Facebook/Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

Never Forget Ruben Salazar, ‘The Man in the Middle’

Ruben Salazar was a crusading journalist for the Los Angeles Times and television station KMEX until he was killed by a deputy sheriff’s tear gas projectile in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

Jose Antonio Vargas’ ‘Documented’ on Plight of Undocumented to Air on CNN After Theatrical Release

I was privileged to see a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ breathlessly awaited documentary, “Documented,” when I was in Los Angeles last week.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

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Eminent Domain: The Real Solution to Scumbag Sports Owners

Why aren’t the football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other major sports franchises so many of us so passionately love and support not owned by the communities that give them their life?

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE

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Accused Racist Donald Sterling Banned for Life From the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that he is doing everything in his power to get Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league after a recorded racist tirade attributed to Sterling.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE

The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

Fracking Bans Gaining Popularity All Over the Place

Americans aren’t the only ones against fracking.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

Seven People Hold the Keys to Global Internet Security

The Guardian’s James Ball describes a Masonic-like meeting of the lords of the Internet in Los Angeles. But “the reality is rather closer to ‘The Office’ than ‘The Matrix,’ ” he says.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

Is It Constitutional to Charge $175 for a Parking Ticket?

Two Los Angeles natives are fighting the city’s outrageous parking tickets and associated fines on the grounds that they violate due process and are “grossly disproportionate to the failure to put a dollar or two in the meter.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE

Rising Sea Level Threatens Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles faces a growing threat from rising sea levels by mid-century, researchers say as much of the region copes with an unprecedented drought.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE

Enough Is Enough: Fraud-Ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option

JPMorgan Chase has been involved in more than a dozen felonies. Why are we still doing business with it?

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE    

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