A City Council Candidate Peddles Fear

John Lee hands out the pitchforks in an attempt to turn the tide against the opponent who beat him in the primary. Will common sense prevail?

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The Campaign Finance Problem is About to Get Worse

Los Angeles County will make drastic changes to the way people vote in 2020. One of them will greatly benefit candidates who are flush with cash.

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Has Biden Thrown His Candidacy Under the Bus?

Obama’s VP can’t get out from under a 40-year-old issue without current relevance. Trump still manages to prove he is even more incompetent.

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Carl J. Petersen: Public School Allies Retake Control of the Los Angeles School Board

"Carl J. Petersen, parent advocate and blogger in Los Angeles, writes here about the long, hard struggle to wrest control of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board from the hands of the billionaires.

Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, Reed Hastings, and other billionaires have funded the campaigns of charter advocates. The billionaires spent many millions to gain control, only to see one member of their slim majority—Ref Rodriguez— indicted for campaign finance violations. Even after his indictment, however, he refused to step down for nearly a year until after the board had chosen businessman Austin Beutner as superintendent.

But everything changed after the election of Jackie Goldberg, who won Rodriguez’s seat.

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As posted on July 8, 2019.

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The Country's Second Largest School District Enters a New Era

The charter industry loses its grip on the LAUSD School Board’s Presidency. Is the oversight of Superintendent Austin Beutner next?

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Who is Choosing Who? A Charter School Places Barriers to Entry

Granada Hills Charter High School not only requires incoming students to attend a summer program, but they also make it as inconvenient as possible for incoming students and their families.

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Bernie Sanders Takes a Sledgehammer to Student Debt

While Bernie Sanders' plan would eliminate all student debt, is this really the fairest way to address a $1.6 trillion problem?

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School Board Member Strikes Out in Attempt to Change Board Rules

For the third time, Nick Melvoin is unable to get his fellow LAUSD board members to vote on a project that he has been working on for over two years.

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The Death of Community?

Is there any hope for the future of the country when we have lost the ability to empathize with our neighbors?

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The High Cost of the Trump Presidency

America was already bitterly divided when Trump became the 45th occupant of the Oval Office. Then he threw kerosene on the fire.

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