Although it’s often difficult to select which current fever dream of the right is the most preposterous and/or destructive, since there are so many, the current obsession with the idea that, somehow, the UN (!) is going to force suburban Americans to crowd into dirty, icky cities with the Blah’s and the other whatchamacallits is more than usually cuckoo. As so often happens large “market” trends have reshaped how cities are developed since the suburban boom of the 50′s and 60′s, and these markets have noticed two things: cities have gotten a lot more desirable as places to live, and more crucially, suburbs have gotten a lot less desirable.
|By: Steve Horn Monday October 15, 2012 4:15 pm|
A huge report was published on Oct. 10 by Los Angeles County that’ll likely open the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for unconventional oil and gas in the Monterey Shale basin. The report, as it turns out, was done by LA County in name only.
As the Los Angeles Times explained, the study found “no harm from the method” of fracking as it pertains to extracting shale gas and oil from the Inglewood Oil Field, which the Times explains is “the largest urban oil field in the country.”
|By: David Dayen Friday September 28, 2012 2:36 pm|
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 if anything, that focus on continuing care has ramped up. And they’re actually using the clinic as a gateway to the Medicaid expansion that hits in 2014.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:00 pm|
Correctional officers in Los Angeles County jails strike inmates in the head at an “alarming regularity,” according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union in Southern California.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday September 24, 2012 7:15 pm|
What is it about being filmed that makes Austin Police so scared? Why is being filmed equated with physical interference or even threats of violence? Despite the risk that the arrests put on all local journalists, mainsteam media continues to repeat claims by Austin Police Association Wayne Vincent, Police Chief Acevedo and others that PSP presence incites violence rather than simply documents it. Peaceful Streets Project seems unmoved, however, holding emergency tactical meetings over the weekend and planning their expansion into other cities. They held their first rally in Houston, Texas today.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 25, 2012 10:15 am|
For a long time it has been clear that the Los Angeles city council opposed medical marijuana dispensaries, and yesterday it escalated its fight against them to a new level. In a unanimous 14-0 vote the council decided to ban all dispensaries within the city.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 18, 2012 9:40 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 underwater mortgages. Alternatively, in LA officials are going after the slumlords who refuse to take care of properties that have been foreclosed.
|By: David Dayen Sunday July 1, 2012 11:50 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 low wages, harm to small businesses in the area and, in the eyes of the protest organizers, poverty.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:15 am|
Yesterday, Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director behind the anti-fracking movie Gasland, witnessed fracking going on adjacent to an oil field in Baldwin Hills, close to a residential neighborhood as well as a public park, and directly on a known fault line. This is a fairly new phenomenon, where oil and gas companies use the oil lands they’ve already leased for fracking.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 15, 2012 11:00 am|
Long-time Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who has been active in the antiwar, education and civil rights movements in Los Angeles for decades, goes on trial today for bogus charges that are being brought against him for purchasing a gun. It is a political trial and a continuation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) targeting of antiwar and international solidarity activists.