Views & Ideas

Viewpoints: Support Parks, Vote Yes on P

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.

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 the crowds, I felt a strong sense of caring for my environment. How could ... Read More »

Viewpoints: What is next in Frogtown’s future?

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 chose to live and work in Frogtown because it was the quintessential quiet, urban ... 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 Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC) meeting held on May 2, 2013 and a vote ... Read More »

Open Discussion: My friend the pothead … an open letter to L.A. City Council

By Scott Crawford This is my best friend Shelly. We have been friends since I was sixteen. We talk several times a day. During those years, we have shared pretty much everything. Her divorces, my trips, raising her sons, losing my parents.. Weʼve grown up together. Twenty-three years ago, Shelly was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since that time, she has ... 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 ago that the ordinance would be rewritten, artists had reason to be hopeful. For ... Read More »

Open Discussion: What new City Council boundaries may mean for the Echo Park area

By Christine Peters After many weeks of deliberating and holding public hearings, the Volunteer Redistricting Commission has revealed their recommendation for the new boundaries for our cities 15 Council Districts. The Commission is tasked every 10 years with redrawing the boundaries to balance population and demographics amongst the 15 Districts.  In this past Census cycle, population in the urban core ... Read More »