Five SoCal Must-Reads: New California Writing & More

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  • Author Ben Ehrenreich shares perspective on the Occupy Los Angeles movement. One thought: "[Preserving order, regardless of how unjust and repugnant it may be, is] what [cops] did a century ago, a few blocks north of City Hall in La Plaza Olvera -- before Olvera Street became a flauta mecca for tourists, the plaza was L.A.'s first 'free speech zone' -- in the so-called Christmas Riot of 1913, in which the LAPD charged an IWW gathering, killing one protester and injuring many more." More at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

  • Bloggers, bloggers! They're all over the place! The New York Times's "Room for Debate" is asking the question, "are all bloggers journalists?" Kelli L. Sager, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, chimes in with The Problem With Pre-Internet Laws.

  • The Federal Transit Administration on Monday released a civil rights review of Metro, finding deficiencies in five of their 12 requirements. Coverage and analysis can be read at LA Streetsblog, L.A. Times and Metro's own blog, The Source.

  • The anthology, New California Writing: 2011, is now out and High Country News asks, "What, then, does a book focused on California offer to those who live outside the Golden State?" Luckily, we already live here and KCET regular DJ Waldie has the last piece in the book.

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Zach Behrens is KCETLink's Editor-in-Chief of Blogs, where he oversees website editorial and advises on projects. When he does write, he mostly covers local government, environment, and the outdoors.
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