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Victor Merina is a freelance writer and Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, he has contributed essays to the Times Magazine and Sunday Opinion section and the San Francisco Chronicle. Victor is an editor for reznetnews.org, which covers Native American issues, and also speaks widely on issues of diversity, journalism and narrative writing. He was a Teaching Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a Fellow at the Poynter Institute in Florida and the Media Studies Center in New York. A long-time resident of the South Bay, he lives in Redondo Beach. Email
Native Intelligence:
Jessica Simpson and I spent the week in Washington, not quite together, but one of us made headlines and the other wrote them.
I have been silent on the Times mess until now. Then I spied the New York Times story that wove the tale of how another deep pockets mogul, David Geffen, was eyeing the news company on First and Spring.
In a town called Okemos, Michigan, some parents don't want to be compared to West Hollywood.
Guilt-free voting in Redondo Beach, with the assistance of Jefferson, Lincoln and Eisenhower.
Here in Music City, much of the conversation around this past week revolved around a baseball player from Los Angeles who pitched for a team in New York and who never made it to supper in Nashville.
Native Intelligence
Don Shirley | Examining some local theater companies that know how to use the strengths of their own spaces and how to manage their finances.
Cari Beauchamp | In an attempt to reverse the trend of writing about great events after they over, here is a reminder about an annual opportunity to see dozens of French films in Hollywood.
Jenny Burman | Eugenio's wife, Melody, has sent him to buy meat.
Jenny Burman | They were looking at her. She had lost her invisibility.
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Bill Boyarsky
Richard J. Riordan, in his book “The Mayor”, tells of the tragedies in his life and of his extra-marital affairs, divorces and drinking, adding a very human touch to his story of the eight successful years he served as mayor of Los Angeles.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
With the primary route between PCH and Santa Monica under construction for at least a year, Westside traffic is about to get so much worse.