Gerry passes me a Pellegrino and sinks back into a wicker lounge chair on the patio he handbuilt with his son. Sun is beating relentlessly down the canyon hillside, which he has planted fastidiously and still tends. I feel my skin start to burn, but am too conflict-averse to say anything. Gerry has not been … Continue reading Night Ride to Divis
Downtown Los Angeles is seeing something of a Renaissance these days. From the revived Clifton’s Cafeteria to the reopened Angels Flight Railway, it seems you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some throwback to the Raymond Chandler era. At present, a plan to return streetcars to the historic core is receiving serious consideration by … Continue reading Getting the Low-Down on Business Improvement Districts: A Q&A with BID Watchdog Adrian Riskin
6 February, 2019 In the 2002 sci-fi film Minority Report, a police pre-crimes unit uses technology to predict and stop crimes before they happen. Take Tom Cruise out of the equation and you’ve got the present-day Los Angeles Police Department.
13 March, 2019 It is hard to believe, but there was a time, not so long ago, when the word “terrorist” conjured not an anti-Western Al Qaeda or ISIS fighter, but balaclava-clad members of the Irish Republican Army and UVF. Underneath their ski masks, they may have worn their hair in shaggy rocker style, and … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Brexit Remains Incredibly Dumb and Destructive