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 city limits, each with a $42K annual budget and a corresponding Department of Neighborhood Empowerment within City Hall. “Department of Neighborhood…

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…

A Divide and Conquer ‘Gaffe’

Journalist Michael Kinsley is the namesake for the Kinsley Gaffe. In a 1988 interview he said: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” A recent example is Todd Akin (R-MO), the then-candidate for Senate in 2012. On St. Louis local television he was asked…

Class Act

A commencement speaker at Point Park University here urged graduates to brush their teeth. Whether she was grasping at a clever metaphor for handling life after college or she actually felt that a diploma along with good dental hygiene were keys to happiness, I couldn’t tell. Commencement speeches come in many flavors.

Lazy Stupid Ham Butts

t wasn’t what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent-hearing bad.

Conclusive Evidence More Immigration Would Harm Americans

April produced another lousy Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report. Superficially—in other words, the way the White House wants Wall Street to perceive it, conditions are improving. The 288,000 new jobs were more than economists expected. Another bonus for the administration: the unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 to 6.3 percent.

Home Ownership for the Birds

I’m beginning to think homeownership is overrated.

My house is in a picturesque setting on the edge of the countryside. It sits high on a hill, surrounded by lush green grounds and many trees. My nearest neighbor is a football field away.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that I am in a bitter battle with the creatures that surround my property.

7 Gripes I Have With The World

Life, overall, is pretty sweet. Aging turns out not to be the demon I feared. Largely, I’m happy and healthy and know how to throw the car in reverse for those times when I’m not. But on a recent nasty commute home, I thought of 7 things that would so sincerely improve life for midlifers…