You can't buy insurance against the chaos in phantom governments like the Central Basin Municipal Water District. The only solution is an impartial audit going back as far as the paper trail can take you.
Susan Straight lives a few blocks from where she was born in Riverside. She's a part of that place and its stories. Because she is, Straight says there are two kinds of people: those who stay and those who leave.
Metro bought the station in 2011 from Catellus Development (a descendant of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads) for $75 million. The station is beginning a multi-year program of expansion, renovation, and conservation. I can only hope that the project will retain Union Station's capacity for daydreaming.
Our entire neighborhood once went on high alert when I discovered the top of Longfellow's cage nudged aside and my boa constrictor gone. Eventually my grandfather, sitting on the back porch, looked up at the ceiling and mildly observed, "You might be interested in that."
As a kid, I was a serial non-smiler, considered a serious defect for a girl. That was oppressive, but I also sensed that for black women, smiling was never just about giving men something pretty to look at.
Workers demolishing an old citrus packinghouse in Upland recently uncovered a sign hidden by a long-ago addition to the building. And that got me to thinking about American language in the landscape, where it goes, and what nearly unreadable signs mean.
California's little governments operate under the shield of the legislation that created them. And when long-ago governors signed enabling bills that created the little governments, the governors promptly forgot about them. The Central Basin Municipal Water District shows why that's a problem.
Currently, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle about 40 percent of the nation's entire containerized trade from Asia. But that's likely to change should the gloomier predictions of the LA 2020 Commission come true.
Sal is a detective in the homicide division of South Los Angeles, one of the most infamous urban areas in the United States, where about 40% of the homicide activity in the city takes place -- despite the numbers being at a record low.
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