Greg Mellen

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State's Top-Two Primary System Could Create Unintended Consequences on June 5

California's unusual “top-two” primary, which sends the top vote-getters to the November election regardless of party, is partially responsible for the primary scramble this year. Voted into law in 2010, the system has turned the traditional Democratic vs. Republican general election on its ear. It also has pretty much pushed fringe parties off the field....
Black Lives Matter co-founder Melina Abdullah

Police Brutality Protesters Press for Reforms, Ballot Measures, DA Lacey's Resignation

A group of 50 protesters, including those who have lost a family member in fatal police shootings, gathered Wednesday at the Los Angeles Hall of Justice to share stories, circulate a petition for a proposed ballot measure to strengthen the oversight committee for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, and to announce a new statewide coalition called the Justice Teams Network....
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Glendale Approves Armenian-American Museum as Its "Forward-Looking Legacy"

As Armenians gather to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the onset of the genocide, they will be able to look forward as well as back. With the Glendale City Council’s April 17 approval of site plans and a lease of up to 95 years, a “tipping point” was reached, according to Najarian, for the building of an Armenian-American Museum in downtown Glendale....
A previous Walk the Talk parade; Credit: Courtesy Los Angeles Poverty Department

Skid Row's Walk the Talk Parade Celebrates the Community and Honors Its Heroes

The Los Angeles Poverty Department will hold its fourth incarnation of the biennial Walk the Talk Parade and Performance, an event that chronicles and celebrates the history of Skid Row and those who work, live and contribute to the neighborhood. “The idea is to put all these people out there who are not recognized,” says John Malpede, founder of the other LAPD, the Row’s community theater, visual arts and performance group....
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Thousands of Anti-Gun Marchers Say "Enough Is Enough"

As noon approached Saturday, the Los Angeles version of the nationwide, student-inspired and -led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence had drawn tens of thousands, who packed Grand Park in front of City Hall and overfilled the Broadway steps....
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