With their meetings being disrupted by apparent Trump supporters, Westside liberals can no longer enjoy their old sense of isolation and insulation.
Like Woody Allen’s character in the film Zelig, Heather Booth seems to have been everywhere there was a fight for social justice. She’s played key roles in battles for voting rights, child care, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.
This week could be decisive in determining how many of the over 20 million Americans and five million Californians who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be allowed to keep it.
In the military, McCain was a hero. But yesterday, on the Senate floor, he put loyalty to his party and to President Trump over loyalty to his country and the needs of his fellow citizens.
The Southern California Association of Governments’ “100 Hours” initiative is intended to solve L.A.’s traffic woes, and is named for the average number of hours Los Angeles drivers spend in traffic jams every year.
The biggest reason for the decline of unions, says author Rick Wartzman, is because “companies have set out to beat the hell out of them. Corporate America has really ground down organized labor through means both legal and illegal.”
Water is a fundamental human right. The only way to make sure it’s accessible to everyone, no matter how much money they have or the color of their skin, is to keep it under public control and out of the hands of corporations.
Some environmental activists worry that proposals floated by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to extend cap-and-trade, the state’s primary tool in its climate fight, will bar local air districts from regulating carbon dioxide emissions at state-regulated facilities.
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California’s red-hot housing market has made renters vulnerable to rapidly increasing rents that they struggle to pay, or to evictions implemented by landlords who want to raise the rent on new tenants.
Most of Welcome to Your Alternative Reality‘s sketches cleverly build around the foibles of human nature, and are brought to life by a mostly versatile ensemble with comic chops and a crisp sense of timing.
Three people tell Capital & Main that the Affordable Care Act repeal and proposed cuts to Medicaid will decimate their finances and their quality of life. BY LARRY BUHL
By cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for mental health care and substance abuse treatment, President Trump’s budget would send more people to jail who don’t belong there.
A Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has made an unexpected leap from Central Park’s outdoor Delacorte Theater to the echo chamber of right-wing media.
A fight over sanctuary cities is brewing in one of them — tiny Cudahy, located in Southeast Los Angeles County. Anti-immigrant groups hope to choke off municipal funds to punish the city, even if the Trump administration fails in its attempts to do so. BY ROBIN UREVICH
Most people don’t realize that when corporations are hit with massive punitive-damage awards, they actually pay far less than the amounts reported in news accounts. The financial sting of those awards can be eased because companies can deduct the amount paid from their taxes.
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Why Erwin Chemerinsky is filing suit against President Trump.
Whatever aspirins are prescribed by the Senate, as it prepares its version of the American Health Care Act, they may not make Americans’ health-care headaches go away.
Californians of color are more likely to be subjected to traffic stops and to be booked on arrests related to failure to appear or failure to pay. In Bay Area counties, African-Americans are four to 16 times more likely to be booked on arrests related to failure to pay an infraction ticket.
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Yale history professor Timothy Snyder, is about the rise of totalitarianism and what ordinary people can do to stand in its way. I bought five copies to give to young activists. Maybe I should have bought more.
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For many of us the passage of 25 years hasn’t produced clarity about why and how Los Angeles’ 1992 unrest occurred, and whether the city that we inherited from that awful moment in our history is now a better or worse place in which to live.