Fight the virus with permanent supportive public housing.

by End Homelessness Now-LA   An April article in the  LA Times, “Affordable housing can cost $1 million per apartment in California. Coronavirus could make it worse,” provides a powerful argument for creating and operating permanent public housing for low income and very low income members of our community.   As the COVID-19 pandemic has brutally revealed, a system based on every fat cat out to make the highest possible profit is categorically incapable of meeting human needs.  Just as we need a universal, public healthcare system [...]

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Donald Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils! By Ralph Nader Donald Trump can’t fake his way through the coronavirus. It’s spreading and doesn’t respond to his delusions. Donald is flailing, failing, fibbing, stumbling, and scapegoating. With the stock market collapsing and the economy shaking, Donald fears defeat in November. Trump is a daily clear and present danger and he is the worst person to handle the COVID-19 crisis. Last weekend, Trump and Mike Pence met with Brazilian officials at Mar-a-Lago, after which Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s press secretary [...]

Stop Looking Outside LA to Explain Rising Homelessness

It's Still A 'Homegrown Crisis' by David Wagner  httpss://laist.com/2019/06/04/stop_looking_outside_la_to_explain_rising_homelessness_its_still_a_homegrown_crisis.php On any given night, nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles County are homeless. The vast majority of those people used to rent or own homes here. But local homeless officials are still having trouble shaking the perception that the problem is mainly due to people who move to Los Angeles after falling into homelessness somewhere else. The numbers show the exact opposite is true. "It is a largely homegrown crisis," said Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) executive [...]

City Council May Allow Housing Tear-Down

by Bella De Soto, End Homelessness Now Coalition The City Council, less than two years after passing an ordinance to set strict limits on tearing down existing low-income housing without replacing it with even more such units, is about to carve out an exemption which it claims will allow only a single existing project, in Hollywood just west of Barnsdall Park, to proceed without fulfilling those rules. Coincidentally, the private developer involved, according to the LA Times, has made campaign contributions to City Council members Mitch O'Farrell [...]

Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment he retired in 1931. The following quote will give you some insight: “I spent 33 [...]

Skid Row 2040 – and Today

Skid Row Today and 2040 [excerpts] by L.A. Community Action Network LA is one of the most  expensive cities in the  US, right  behind NY and  SF. Rents  are rising, forcing 1000s more  into the streets every  year. Housing is a basic  human right, the key  to solving this crisis,  and criminally scarce in  a city with our resources. With simple changes to our land use policies, we can build a city where homelessness isn’t common or lethal. LA is updating all 35 community plans that form [...]

Family Dairy Farming is Dying

Family dairy farming is dying By Jim Goodman   [Excerpts] httpss://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/dairy-farming-is-dying-after-40-years-im-out/2018/12/21/79cd63e4-0314-11e9-b6a9-0aa5c2fcc9e4_story.html Ed note: As of 2011 — as is true with much of the country's wealth — the top 10% of farms in size account for more than 70% of cropland in the United States; the top 2.2% take up more than a third. After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows this summer. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone [...]

Republicans on Health Care: Do Vast Harm

Republicans on Health Care: Do Vast Harm By Leo W. Gerard Author Bio: Leo W. Gerard is the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute. This week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, a Republican, announced that his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, just hadn’t gone far enough when he asked a federal judge to kill the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions—that is, stuff like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Barr told an [...]

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Why Prop. 10 Failed in California

Door slams on rent control Why Prop. 10 failed in California by Val Carlson Gloria Cortez spoke out for Prop. 10. Her family was “evicted by rent increase” after she complained about mold. With skyrocketing rents, a disastrous housing shortage, and a blue wave cresting in the political arena, a pro-rent control measure should have been a shoo-in on California’s November 2018 ballot. But Proposition 10, which would have overturned the notoriously pro-landlord Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, went down in flames. Why did nearly 60 percent of [...]

Viking Economics: A Review

Viking Economics:  How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too by George Lakey Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch In a brief look at America currently, we might ask, “Why do we have a president as incompetent, vicious and unqualified as Donald Trump?” But to look at Donald Trump in isolation is a big mistake. CBS gave him almost two billion dollars  in free air time running up to the 2016 election because Donald Trump’s histrionics increased viewership, and thus advertising profits, enormously. We are getting close [...]

Measure B: A Public Bank for Los Angeles?

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? httpss://www.laprogressive.com/public-bank-for-los-angeles/ [Excerpts] Voters in the city of Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, through Measure B on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The City Charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure would allow the city to create a public bank, although state and federal law hurdles would still need to be [...]

Victories for Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating L.A. Anti-Gentrification Movement

On Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating Los Angeles Anti-Gentrification Movement httpss://defendboyleheights.blogspot.com/ “En este logro que tuvimos no nada mas los residentes de aqui [...] Somos ganadores todos. Estabamos peleando con un elefante. Y nosotros eramos unas hormiguitas. Pero nos damos cuentas que hace mas una hormiga caminando, que un elefante hechado.” --Ana Hernandez, Boyle Heights resident, at the Celebration of 356 S. Mission Rd., Ooga Booga, and Gavin Brown Enterprises being kicked out of Boyle Heights.      Although the politics, tactics, and people committed to the [...]

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