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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
David Davis | Photographer Al Satterwhite shot Ali in Miami during his training sessions for both the Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier fights. Now based in Redondo Beach, Satterwhite is facing a Kickstarter deadline to publish a book of photographs of Ali from that time, many never seen before.
Donna Perlmutter | The Australian Ballet provided plenty of entertainment, but the "white" scenes were not so white. Our critic, however, was "gobsmacked" by the LA Phil's Mahler.
Adrienne Crew | LA Observed interviews Inglewood resident Toni Ann Johnson about her debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel.
Al Martinez | Martinez observes a normal moment in a world of chaotic uncertainties. He sees no advancing terrorists in his yard or tanks rolling down suburban streets. It feels good. It feels normal.
John Schwada | The death of any newspaper is a sad occasion. But it was personal when I learned that the plug had finally been pulled on the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | A long awaited state water bond will finally be decided on November 4th. LA could benefit significantly if Proposition 1 passes and the region acts as one to ensure it gets a fair share.
Phil Wallace | The Dodgers have hired baseball's best GM, says Phil Wallace, who used to work for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bill Boyarsky
A conversation with City Atty. Mike Feuer is a trip through the nitty gritty of city government, starting with dangerous sidewalks and including graffiti prevention, medical marijuana regulation and aid to prostitutes who want a better life.
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
Adios, New Mexico, it's always so sad to say goodbye. I'll miss your autumn rain: And your roof cats....