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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Viewpoints & Ideas

Viewpoints: Support Parks, Vote Yes on P

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Few civic endeavors in Los Angeles over the past century have captivated our collective imagination like plans to revitalize the L.A. River. They promise to transform this legendary waterway, from which our city actually takes its name, into a grand centerpiece and ecosystem for all Angelenos to enjoy. But accomplishing this feat does not happen without real and sustained investment. That’s where Proposition P comes in. Read More »

Viewpoints: An Earth Day lesson for cleaning up East L.A.

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Earth Day is said to be a global environmental event involving a billion people. Years ago I participated in this annual event while in Washington D.C. on a fellowship. I remember the National Mall being packed with visitors, booths, and numerous activities honoring Mother Earth. Amidst ... Read More »

Viewpoints: What is next in Frogtown’s future?

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Almost 12 years ago my partner and I purchased an industrial building in a neighborhood known to locals as Frogtown but officially named Elysian Valley. A narrow strip of land between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River, Frogtown contains  both industrial and residential properties. We ... Read More »

Viewpoints: In defense of new Northeast L.A. bike lanes

Josef Bray-Ali, a cycling advocate and owner of the Flying Pigeon L.A. bike shop in Highland Park, submitted this open letter to Councilman Ed Reyes Councilman Reyes, I am writing to you after reading a report in the Highland Park-Mt. Washington Patch regarding the recent Historic ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Getting the mural ordinance right

Submitted by Bill Lasarow, Judithe Hernández, and Isabel Rojas-Williams Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles Since 2002, the unintended consequence of an existing ordinance, enacted to curb the proliferation of commercial signage, effectively prohibited the painting of murals on private property. When it was announced a year ... Read More »