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A diversion from the status quo

A diversion from the status quo

When it comes to Los Angeles County’s decrepit Men’s Central Jail, building a better future doesn’t have to mean spending $2 billion to erect a…
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A stowaway on Expo 2

A stowaway on Expo 2

I had a chance to ride the rails last week, going behind the scenes of one of L.A.’s most eagerly anticipated transit projects. The vehicle…
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It’s official: Feds fund subway

It’s official: Feds fund subway

As public transit milestones go, they don’t get much bigger than this: The federal government has formally agreed to fund the long-awaited extension of the…
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Shaking off complacency

Shaking off complacency

Like countless Angelenos, I’ve been a Lucy Jones fan for years. When it comes to earthquakes, no one conveys information more accessibly—or calms rattled nerves…
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Exposing a mountain of deceit

Exposing a mountain of deceit

Last month, the Board of Supervisors adopted a widely-hailed, landmark plan to preserve one of our region’s most precious natural resources—the Santa Monica Mountains. Under…
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The beauty is in the details

The beauty is in the details

There are moments in my job—special moments—when I know I’m representing not only the interests of people today but also the needs of generations to…
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Not just a local hero

Not just a local hero

For 40 years, Rep. Henry Waxman has represented a wide swath of Los Angeles’ Westside. But the truth is that no single member of Congress…
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After Baca, a new start

After Baca, a new start

When Lee Baca announced his retirement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, I was relieved but not surprised. As a colleague and friend, I…
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The day I met Mandela

The day I met Mandela

Los Angeles City Hall has played host over the years to heads of state, visiting dignitaries and many of the world’s great and near-great. But…
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