Gentrification and the Poor in Los Angeles !

Major developments started at Downtown and as land became scarce developers started looking for more land into other communities throughout Los Angeles.  Not long ago the “Reef Development” was approved in which developers just sailed through the process with no major obstacles. Even when some activists argued that the this Reef development was going to displace at least 40,000 poor renters.  The Councilman and many other…

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Politics, Football and Trump

What a difference a week makes, last Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, might have been the biggest protest in the NFL.  Players, coaches, and even owners protested.  They protested because the insensitive remarks made by President Trump Friday in Alabama.  There were also protests in baseball games and among basketball players. As usual, there were different reactions, those who dislike Trump were outraged but his supporters…

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The complex fight for immigration reform

Once it was known that the President had ended DACA, there were marches and rallies throughout the nation. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions took advantage of this press conference and spewed venom and screamed at top of his lungs outright lies about immigrants.  Yes, the usual venom used by nativists, i.e., “illegal aliens,” and “these immigrants take jobs from Americans.”  It truly was a mean-spirited press conference….

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Can Democrats Bring the White Voters Back Without Selling out?

I still vividly remember the analyses in the last year presidential elections. Pundits and editorial writers were writing obituaries on the Republican Party for heavily relying on old poor white voters. Now, the conversation about these very same “poor white voters” has radically made a 360-degree change. Yes, these pundits are now saying that Democrats are doomed and that they don’t have a chance to…

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Commencement Speeches, What Would You Say ?

Graduation season rolled in again a couple of weeks ago.  It is that time of the year when you heard all these commencement speeches.  Speakers are supposed to encourage the new graduates to go out and defy the gods. I have always wondered how one prepares for these speeches and what makes one be qualified to give one. Graduates this year are facing immense challenges…

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Herbalife Targeting Immigrants with its Pyramid Scheme !

I was researching for new documentaries a week ago and came across with this one, Betting on Zero,  aA documentary about Herbalife. I watched it. I knew that this company was being scrutinized for its business model, but I didn’t know they were preying on Latino immigrants. In light how this company is aggressively targeting humble immigrants, I was somewhat puzzled that Herbalife’s business and how…

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Immigrants and Trump’s First 100 Days as President

Although many minority communities have been in the crosshairs, I will venture to say that no other community has been more affected by Trump’s first one hundred days than immigrant communities throughout this nation.  Illegal Immigration was Trump’s  signature promise while he was campaigning for the White House.  He often talked about illegal immigration in vitriolic tones.  Okay, he used vitriol for most of his speeches. White…

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25 Years Ago, LA Went Up in Flames. Can It Happen Again?

In balance, 1992 was a great year.  We, voters, in the state of California sent two women to the US Senate, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Bill Clinton became our president by defeating George H. Bush; Spain held the awesome Summer Olympics in Barcelona; and unfortunately here in LA, riots broke out after the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating black driver…

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Save the Republic-Defend the Truth !

In light of how our political leaders are currently dealing with the truth in our political dialogues, I looked up its definition.   The Webster’s dictionary defines “truth” as “Fidelity, Constancy,” “sincerity in action, character, and utterance.”  Many Americans see how the “truth” as they understand it, is being under attack by the current Trump’s administration.  This is neither hysteria nor hyperbole. Often we see the President…

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These women were warned, they were given an explanation and no, they didn’t persist, at least not this time

People who run elections in county government will make the final results available soon. “Provisional and late-arriving mail-in ballots are still to be counted.” Not sure if there is still hope but it is being reported that there are at least 13,000 ballots in this race that are uncounted.  The second place candidate Robert Lee Ahn leads third-place candidate, Maria Cabildo by almost 3,000 votes….

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