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February 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Widening the 405 is like finding a slightly bigger sponge to throw in the ocean, whereas a north-south line along that corridor is ideal. Getting rail to LAX, which I’m committed to doing. With the Expo Line, if you live on the far west side, you’ll have an option next year to go from ‘the sand to the symphony’ in 40 minutes. And the Crenshaw Line will be a gamechanger for South Los Angeles.” —Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…recent independent reports…confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows. “Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service.'

January 30th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s a confluence of a number of different things, primary of which is people’s desire to stay alive and free.

Rev. Michael McBride, he

directs the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a project of the PICO National Network. The campaign is committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color.

and was responding to

"In 2013 there was a drop in homicides in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond…in San Jose, [and] in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago—from your perspective what do you think is going on here?"

January 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

Juanita Moore, who earned an Academy Award nomination in 1960…then fell through the cracks of a Hollywood system with little to offer a black actress besides small parts as maids and nannies, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 99.

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December 27th, 2013
thesmithian

"It’s a human game. I’d love to fight it and argue it and let’s play that fourth quarter again…but you can’t. It just happens."

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December 1st, 2013
thesmithian

"As only about 6.6% of the population, black people are far from the majority in CA…people in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco had such diverse views of the world, leading to a real clash of ideas this season among the interviewees, more so than in past seasons…”

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November 30th, 2013
thesmithian

They were Chicano, but also American. They lived alongside Native Americans and Mexican nationals, but travelled back and forth from the multicultural mélange of Los Angeles. Their works became records of this polymorphous identity…

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November 19th, 2013
thesmithian

Neel Kashkari…is pro-choice, favors same-sex marriage rights and voted for Barack Obama in 2008…Kashkari said he has visited 80 communities to hear from Californians. He’s stayed overnight in an Oakland homeless shelter, visited free clinics, volunteered at food banks, worked on docks and in farm fields and worshiped at a Pentecostal church in south Los Angeles…observers say the attention that GOP luminaries are lavishing on Kashkari—the son of Indian immigrants and a practicing Hindu—underscores the hunger for a new type of Republican in California, where the party holds no statewide offices.

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November 14th, 2013
thesmithian

…hadn’t been the first time someone came in seeking a glimpse at L.A.’s day-to-day ethnic past, and it wouldn’t be the last…In this wildly diverse city, why wasn’t there photographic record of that growth as well? There was “official” history and then there was “authentic” history…

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November 4th, 2013
thesmithian
…these so called ‘failing schools’ have all had rich histories, some of them close to a hundred years in the making, which involve themes ranging from migration and immigration, to musical creativity, to changing economies and neighborhoods, which live in the experience of alumni as well as documents the schools themselves have preserved. Closing the schools not only shatters the possibility of drawing upon that rich cultural capital, it sends a message to students that nothing in the past is that important, including their own families and cultural traditions, treating them as clay to be molded by people who see the past—at least for people like them—only as failure.
Author/professor Mark Naison
October 19th, 2013
thesmithian

…a memoir and collection of recipes documenting Choi’s transformation from drug addict and gambler to one of Los Angeles’ most admired and charismatic civic leaders, one who is raising the bar on what it means for chefs to serve and feed their communities.

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