The 54-year-old former drug lord of South Central is still in the business -- of self-fulfillment and community improvement, that is. These days he deplores the crack trade, but not the ambition that got him into it in the first place.
In this world, vast harbors of conscience and compassion exist, within communities, between friends, within families, among strangers: so many instances where we are as good and right as mankind can be given our imperfections.
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has a bill in the works, approved by Assembly Local Government Committee on a five-to-one vote, that would make the state's "open meeting" law just two words shorter and a lot easier to get around.
Downtown L.A. was used to being kicked around. But like a wimpy kid who grows up to be an All American, downtown has beefed up. What downtown doesn't have is enough hotel rooms to justify a bigger and better convention center.
A house in some parts of Los Angeles is an unstable dynamic of big aspirations, small lot sizes, and the economics of speculative construction. That wasn't always the case, as you can see by walking through the city's 20th century neighborhoods.
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