Bill Boyarsky
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History matters even in Los Angeles

space-to-lead-skyline.jpg The past shapes the future, and that was the theme of a report released Thursday, "Space To Lead: A Century of Civic Leadership In Los Angeles."

Shop at a Metro station

Banks, ATMs, retail and restaurants at Metro stations would produce revenue and be a great convenience for riders.

Homeless housing to be spread around city

The first batch of homeless housing to be built by last year's $1.2 billion bond is to be scattered around Los Angeles instead of being concentrated in Skid Row.

An LA Times union is a good thing

The news that union organizers are signing up workers at the Los Angeles Times, once a fierce anti-union bastion, is a fascinating footnote to the history of a city once dominated by the paper.

Rendon fights for neglected Southeast

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon counts construction cranes in downtown Los Angeles. It helps him compare booming downtown to his economically depressed and neglected district in Southeast Los Angeles County.

Mendoza plan: sneaky or reform?

Why should a voter in Butte County, deep in the northern part of the state, have a say in how Los Angeles County is governed?

Help for the homeless a phone call away?

A homeless encampment appears under a freeway or in a park near you. You’re a public spirited Angeleno. Who do you call?

Hahn vs. the sheriff on immigration

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn says it’s “not the county sheriff’s job to be involved in immigration issues.”

Homeless help begins soon

After the surprising victory of Measure H, county and city officials and non-profit organizations are planning to move quickly to put its money to work.

Measure H: Maybe government works

It’s something of a miracle that Measure H, the Los Angeles County tax increase to improve services for the homeless, may be near voter approval.

LA Times reporters show the way

In this time of instant news, fake news and superficial tweets, it’s good to recall a couple of recent newspaper stories that are likely to last a while and make a difference.

Helping hand for immigrants

The new proposal by local government and charitable institutions for a $10 million legal defense fund for immigrants threatened with deportation by President-elect Donald Trump offers a helping hand to those who really need it.

A hero moves on from City Hall

They say anyone can be replaced, but it will be most difficult for the city of Los Angeles to fill the job of Miguel A. Santana.
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