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PlebisPower
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As a longtime follower of Los Angeles neighborhood councils, I now publish Tribuni Plebis, a website focused on neighborhood council land use activities.
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    Civic-minded muckraker and gadfly films flourished in the 1950s in a sub-Noir genre that capitalized on the Kefauver Committee's investigation of organized crime. Films like The Captive City, Chicago Confidential, and Phenix City Story (the latter with a priceless viewer...
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    Nice vid and a handy reminder of how many stories lurk in the community cracks in an historic neighborhood like Highland Park. I especially appreciate Jesse's warmth in talking about his dad - surely a huge figure in his life....
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    Great post. I haven't felt so good about the ferment happening in the LA area for years. Oh, it's always been here, but they way you've framed it really reminds me of the late 1960s-early 1970s heyday of Afro-Am ferment...
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    Prop 13 did indeed shift fiscal support for services to the commercial sector. Sales taxes in particular became more important, hence the added appeal of retailing at the scale of the mall, whether outdoor Caruso enterprises or the malls of...
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    I agree with Phoenix that our evolving relationship with the non-built environment is very significant and represents a game-changing step forward for our region. I think that we have to look even farther back that Parks, Playgrounds (1930) to begin...
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    Thanks for the activist agenda. I agree that pedestrians and cyclists need to be recognized as vulnerable road users. It begs for a renewed push for recognition as a class and the protections that go with it. On a related...
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    Thanks for the liveblog! Reporter stand-ups at the scene seem so 20th century, don't they? #OWS is nourished by citizen reporting and new tools. #MSM merely feeds on it today. I'll remember #OccupyLA for live the liveblogs & twitter streams,...
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    Oh heavens, I remember when Street Services was rolling out the slurry seal campaign about 4-5 years ago. That roadshow took it directly to the neighborhoods to try and gin up local support for the Street Services budget line item....
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    I believe that most bike advocates/activists like me agree that sidewalk riding is not prudent. It increases conflict opportunities with both pedestrians and motorists, with the latter more likely to strike the cyclist at an alley, driveway, or corner. As...
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    Thanks - this is so timely! The Sherman Los Angeles Pacific (later Pacific Electric) line went though our little burgh of Beverly Hills (originally known as 'Morocco'). So we were on the mainline right from the start. Soon we were...
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    >Gridlock "makes residents of the area virtual prisoners in their own neighborhoods." I applaud the coming of the subway - we'll do the right thing when we exhaust all other options, right? - but the Supervisor forgets that there is...
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    The irony here is in framing it as a transportation project (for the bike lane) when it really is a real estate project. Heck, it's not even a parks project! The park and the possible bike lane are only hooks...
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    Until this afternoon, both vision and execution were left for dead in City of Los Angeles. Now at least cyclists have something like a vision for the sprawling city - the backbone. Yet the jury will be out for a...
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    "...the area planning councils in the reform charter, the system of neighborhood councils, the change in the relationship of the mayor to the department heads and the city council should drive a new kind of civic life in Los Angeles."...
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    Civic-minded muckraker and gadfly films flourished in the 1950s in a sub-Noir genre that capitalized on the Kefauver Committee's investigation of organized crime. Films like The Captive City, Chicago Confidential, and Phenix City Story (the latter with a priceless viewer...
  • Comment
    Nice vid and a handy reminder of how many stories lurk in the community cracks in an historic neighborhood like Highland Park. I especially appreciate Jesse's warmth in talking about his dad - surely a huge figure in his life....
  • Comment
    Great post. I haven't felt so good about the ferment happening in the LA area for years. Oh, it's always been here, but they way you've framed it really reminds me of the late 1960s-early 1970s heyday of Afro-Am ferment...
  • Comment
    Prop 13 did indeed shift fiscal support for services to the commercial sector. Sales taxes in particular became more important, hence the added appeal of retailing at the scale of the mall, whether outdoor Caruso enterprises or the malls of...
  • Comment
    I agree with Phoenix that our evolving relationship with the non-built environment is very significant and represents a game-changing step forward for our region. I think that we have to look even farther back that Parks, Playgrounds (1930) to begin...
  • Comment
    Thanks for the activist agenda. I agree that pedestrians and cyclists need to be recognized as vulnerable road users. It begs for a renewed push for recognition as a class and the protections that go with it. On a related...
  • Comment
    Thanks for the liveblog! Reporter stand-ups at the scene seem so 20th century, don't they? #OWS is nourished by citizen reporting and new tools. #MSM merely feeds on it today. I'll remember #OccupyLA for live the liveblogs & twitter streams,...
  • Comment
    Oh heavens, I remember when Street Services was rolling out the slurry seal campaign about 4-5 years ago. That roadshow took it directly to the neighborhoods to try and gin up local support for the Street Services budget line item....
  • Comment
    I believe that most bike advocates/activists like me agree that sidewalk riding is not prudent. It increases conflict opportunities with both pedestrians and motorists, with the latter more likely to strike the cyclist at an alley, driveway, or corner. As...
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    Thanks - this is so timely! The Sherman Los Angeles Pacific (later Pacific Electric) line went though our little burgh of Beverly Hills (originally known as 'Morocco'). So we were on the mainline right from the start. Soon we were...
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