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Joe Shea

Voting Rites

I was a precinct inspector at a busy polling place in Hollywood during last Tuesday’s election, and saw my share of frustrated voters. Let me assure you of one universal truth: There is no such thing as a perfect election, in Florida, Los Angeles or anywhere. Precinct inspectors are pretty......

Imperfect Recall

My wife and I had an experience that terrified us and left me badly burned. We were driving home one unusually cool August night along Interstate 5, from Downey to Los Angeles, when Mireya asked me to turn on the heater. I set it on low. A few minutes later,......

Money Fields

A plan to save a historic site near the Los Angeles River from industrial development failed last week. Mayor Richard Riordan‘s newly appointed Central Area Planning Commission, meeting for only the second time since the new City Charter created it, voted 4-1 in favor of a 32-acre warehouse-and-factory project in......

LAPD Secrets

Photo by Virginia Lee Hunter U.S. District Judge Gary Feess’ ruling in favor of convention protesters sheds a little light on the paranoia of the LAPD. Much has already been made of the judge’s scolding the city for putting convenience before the First Amendment. Nearly as important, for champions of......

Bad Call

Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson is known as a pugnacious and independent soul whose generally conservative San Fernando Valley constituents probably wish the Democratic National Convention were taking place somewhere else. Bernson may have felt the same way after Mayor Richard Riordan phoned him in council chambers minutes before......
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