Carmageddon Experiment Shows Dramatic Increases in Air Quality as Car Use Falls

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 12:59 pm

As a Los Angeleno, this one’s kind of personal to me. We just went through our second round of “Carmageddon.” A 10-mile span of the 405 freeway, the nation’s busiest, has been closed down twice in the space of a little over a year, to replace a bridge and widen the freeway to incorporate an [...]

Free Health Care Clinics Focus on Moving Patients Into Continuing Coverage

By: Friday September 28, 2012 9:18 am

Last year, I went to the Los Angeles Sports Arena to witness a massive free medical clinic for thousands of low-income residents. I was impressed by the focus on enrolling patients for continuing care, either through coverage programs within the city or community health centers. The health clinic has returned to LA this week, and [...]

While Eminent Domain Proposal Discussed, LA Tries to Make Foreclosure Cost-Prohibitive

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 7:35 am

Dean Baker has a generally positive story out about the proposal in San Bernardino County, California to use eminent domain to condemn, write down and return to the owner a lower-cost mortgage that is no longer underwater. I have discussed with Rep. Brad Miller the concept of an eminent domain-based mortgage debt relief plan and [...]

10,000 Protest Wal-Mart in Los Angeles

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:58 am

In what was billed as the largest mass protest in history against the retail giant, an estimated 10,000 union members and community leaders rallied on Saturday against the building of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown. It’s one of three Neighborhood Markets slated for Southern California, carrying with them the threat of [...]

Josh Fox Highlights Fracking On Known Fault Lines in Los Angeles

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 7:12 am

Hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting natural gas from rock and shale by hitting it with high-pressure water and chemicals to cause large fissures, has come to Southern California, despite the major earthquake potential here and the documented evidence that fracking leads to elevated seismic activity. Yesterday, Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director behind the anti-fracking [...]

Undocumented Foreclosure Victim Deported After Protesting Illegal Foreclosure

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 8:55 am

You’ve heard about borrowers getting kicked out of their homes, and you’ve heard about undocumented immigrants getting deported. Rarely do you hear the story that combines the two. Here is one of those stories. The foreclosure defense group of Occupy Los Angeles brings us the story of Blanca Cardenas. Cardenas is undocumented with two US-born [...]

LA County Jails Consistently Imprisoning the Wrong People

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 12:54 pm

Here in my backyard of sunny (sorry!) Los Angeles, our county sheriff is suffering through the worst performance record in the country outside of noted racist Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona. First, Sheriff Lee Baca had to endure credible allegations of mistreatment of prisoners in county lockups. Now, he has a new scandal on [...]

Massive Free Medical Care Clinic in Los Angeles Puts Focus on Enrolling Patients for Continuing Care

By: Monday October 24, 2011 1:52 pm

Michele Bachmann told a crowd over the weekend that Americans can rely on charitable organizations if they cannot afford health care. I actually saw evidence of this over the weekend in Los Angeles. But even this charitable foundation understands that there is no substitute for getting Americans enrolled in some mechanism that can get them [...]

Occupy Wall Street Inspiring New Ways of Thinking About Protest Movements

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 3:07 pm

Occupy Wall Street has an ad. It’s a 30-second spot with members of the protest movement explaining their perspective, why they are in Zuccotti Park, simply and clearly. And it’s set to run on national television, thanks to a savvy crowd-funding group: LoudSauce was started founded [sic] by Christie George and Colin Mutchler as a [...]

DoJ, SEC Both Investigating S&P Over Ratings of Mortgage Backed Securities

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 7:11 am

Louise Story scoops that S&P is under DoJ scrutiny for their manipulation of the ratings process during the housing bubble. The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed [...]

Hundreds of Latinos Protest Record Deportations and Secure Communities Program in Los Angeles

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 6:10 am

Hundreds of immigrants rights advocates in Los Angeles staged a walkout during a federal task force field hearing about the Secure Communities program, blamed for the deportations of tens of thousands of non-citizens living peacefully in America. Activists implored the members of the task force to resign their post, and recommend that the Obama Administration [...]

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