The Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles

I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at all the contentious rhetoric I read (primarily on Facebook) about the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils in San Pedro. There are currently 97 Neighborhood Councils within the LA city limits, each with a $42K annual budget and a corresponding Department of Neighborhood Empowerment within City Hall. “Department of…

The Homeless – Hobos, Tramps And Bums

They have all been around for what seems like forever and are all technically homeless.  The homeless problem in America is not new. In the age of political correctness, even the panhandler on the street corner may get offended if you call him a bum when he considers himself a hobo or a tramp. There…

United We Stand – Divided We Fall

  The disjunctive Facebook rantings I’ve read this week between what are apparently rival support groups involved in improving the quality of life in San Pedro serve no useful purpose. Serving food to the homeless in a park is now a bad thing? Were there permits issued for the function; probably not.  Did the organizers…

Re-Engineering Policing

Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changin’ back in 1964 and the inevitable trend still continues today. Fast-forward to the troubling times of 2015 and community policing policies are being quickly revised to meet the new and more dangerous threat of domestic and international terrorism. Entire police departments like the 34,000 uniformed men and…

A Generation Lost

I don’t know when we lost America, but we did. Maybe it was the 70’s. Back in the 60’s there was still a real zeal and a passionate burning feeling about America by Americans for America.  We were still proud and were willing to stand up against unjust wars and corporate greed.  Many felt so…

The Great Social Divide

Facebook seemed like a good idea when it started back in 2004; but I’m not so sure anymore. I can’t imagine that Zukerberg ever dreamed his software application would create such a stir with its lengthy tentacles reaching the world’s corners and consumers far and wide. Who could have foreseen the power social media would…

The Me Generation Meets Facebook

Me, me, me, it’s all about me… Facebook – it may be social media, but it is most certainly devoid of any social graces. What started out in 2004 as an experiment in social networking has by today created 1.2 billion over-sharers in what has now become the age of over-sharing. Today, at least one out…

San Pedro – The New Wild West

San Pedro, California – It’s most certain that recent decisions by our lawmakers have resulted in making law enforcement more difficult and uncertain in today’s world. Unless we can reverse the present trend toward lawlessness, disorder, and uncertain justice, we run the risk of losing all respect for the law and law enforcement officers. The watering…

Top Kitchen Design Tips

Kitchens remain a top remodeling project in 2014, according to the Member Profile Study done by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), in time for National Home Improvement Month this May. Eighty-two percent of NARI members identify kitchens as its No. 1 service.

The Indoor Allergen That Might Surprise You

While many welcome the arrival of warmer temperatures with open arms, people with seasonal allergies and asthma may be bracing themselves with boxes of tissues and asthma medications this season. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, about 45 percent of people over the age of six and 36…

Tips for Kids with Big Dreams

One of every five adults are procrastinators, and college students are even worse—70 percent of them put off tasks, according to a DePaul University study. At just 11 years old, Walter Levin knows that is not the way to get things done. “Both kids and adults need to set goals and then get into the…

Easy Tips for Controlling Odor throughout the Home

(Family Features)—Whether you’re inviting friends over for a dinner party or just want to make your abode a more comfortable environment for your family, battling tough odors can be quite a challenge. Avoid the short-lived results of covering up odors with fragrances, sprays and candles and spend your time and energy instead on getting to…

Keys to a Healthy Home on a Budget

The Healthy House Institute (HHI) has released Keys to a Healthy Home on a Budget, designed to inform both professionals and consumers alike about how to upkeep a healthy home on a budget. “Most healthy-home factors involve a prevention or ‘removal’ strategy hence are inexpensive or free to apply if addressed early,” said Allen Rathey,…

Four Ways to Reduce College Costs in High School

(Family Features)—College is a significant investment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education. Outstanding student loan debt has now reached $1.2 trillion, according to 2013 estimates from…

6 Signs Your Retirement Plan is in Trouble

After the 2008 economic meltdown, when the stock market fell 37 percent, veteran financial advisor Curt Whipple says he met with clients from outside financial institutions who’d lost 50 to 60 percent of their portfolio in a single year. “Almost no one foresaw what happened that year, and I doubt very much that many will…