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Months ago, I wrote a letter regarding my brother Ryan’s dark journey of mental illness and ensuing homelessness, in the hopes of adding a human face to one aspect of the tragic homeless problem in this state and country…and to shed light on the urgent need for mental health law reform.  

Re: End the fires, move homeless to vacant lots near LAX

In October, we celebrated National Women’s Small Business Month, an opportunity to share truly good news: Over the past 40 years, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States has exploded, growing from just 5% of all businesses to more than 42%, edging ever closer to parity with…

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During the week of Oct. 16 there were two fires in a vacant house on Flower Avenue in Oakwood. Neighbors saw and heard transients camping and partying in the house shortly before both fires. There is a large homeless encampment a block away on the corner of Flower and Lincoln.

Southern California is an idyllic place to live with perfect weather, beautiful scenery, rich cultural history and a growing population of over 23 million. However, Southern California is also lacking the very thing required to sustain any population: water. With well-manicured golf courses,…

Where do I start? I was born and raised in the Midwest and am also an athlete. But I was always just cruising, making a living with big dreams. I went to an excellent photography college, moved to NYC with pennies, and intended to be the next big thing. 

Response to Glenn Kane’s letter

An open letter to LADOT

The year is 2030. Most humans have been replaced by machines in U.S. warehouses and factories. Millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to find jobs as robots pack, sort, ship, and carry out the myriad duties that just 10 years ago were the purview of living, breathing workers. T…

I remember in my youth hearing a message from my dentist when he said, “If you ignore your teeth, they will go away.” Fortunately, I took heed to his advice and still have my own teeth. Unfortunately, this advice did not reach the LA City Council representative’s office and as a result the i…

Homelessness is nothing new to the Golden State. When people discuss major cities like San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, homelessness often arises as a topic of discussion. And with this topic comes a dilemma and debate over the best way to address what everyone agrees is a challeng…

On Aug. 16, 2006, my neighbors and I organized a meeting at the Penmar Park Rec Center in Venice, with representatives of R&P (Parks Dept.) and our then city councilman Bill Rosendahl.

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