LA Needs Jobs, Not Tax Hikes, to Fight Poverty, Homelessness

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


In 2007, about a year before the economy crashed, the Gallup Poll found that 28 percent of Americans had at some point worried about becoming homeless. It’s worse today. A new UCLA study found 31 percent of county residents worried about becoming homeless. Even among people earning between $90,000 and $120,000, 1 in 4 were […]

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L.A.’s New Sales Tax Hike for Transit Doesn’t Add Up for Taxpayers

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Math is a funny thing. Take averaging, for example. Mark Twain observed that if you have one foot in a bucket of ice and one foot in a bucket of boiling water, on average you’re pretty comfortable. Similarly, consider subtraction. Somehow, government officials have calculated that subtracting money from your wallet for taxes actually puts […]

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Why The Police Don’t Care That Thieves Broke Into Your Home

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Something strange is going on with crime in Los Angeles. The Public Policy Institute of California says property crimes were up sharply in L.A. County last year, but arrests and bookings for property crimes fell 31 percent. Why? In 2014, voters passed Proposition 47, which reduced some felony theft and drug offenses to misdemeanors. Police […]

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‘Civil War’ Between Actors and Ad Industry Fades into the History Books

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Motion picture director Billy Wilder was once asked whether he would ever again hire Marilyn Monroe, who was routinely late to the set. “I have an aunt who’s always on time,” Wilder answered, “but nobody would pay a nickel to see her.” That tells you a lot about the business of acting. The ultimate judge […]

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Bus Fires are Increasing in CA, Consider CARB’s Regulations

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


If you saw a school bus engulfed in flames on the side of the road, you probably wouldn’t think the fire was caused by an air pollution regulation. But in all likelihood, it was. In 2008, the California Air Resources Board adopted the Statewide Truck and Bus Rule, which said diesel engines manufactured before 2010 […]

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Fourth Sales Tax Hike for Transit Faces Uphill Climb in the San Fernando Valley

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


A bus schedule drew the biggest applause of the night at the second Valley Transportation Summit, held recently at California State University Northridge. “We have committed to realigning our bus service with the class schedules in a way that makes sense, beginning in June of this year,” Metro’s Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins told the packed […]

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To Reform DWP, LA Should Learn From Other Cities

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


The Los Angeles City Council is preparing to vote on new water and power rate ordinances that will raise DWP rates annually for the next five years. If Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the ordinances, they will start jacking up your bills within months. The city has received over 2,000 angry letters of protest about the […]

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Porter Ranch Homes Built On Foundation Of Campaign Money

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


Here’s a question for you: Does campaign money affect the actions of government officials? You may be laughing, but it’s a deadly serious question. About 2,500 families have been relocated from their homes in Porter Ranch and over 1,400 more have asked to be moved. They have been sickened by the catastrophic natural gas leak […]

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Latest Idea To Curb Second Amendment Gun Rights Won’t Fly

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


It’s a great idea to ban terrorists and suspected terrorists from buying firearms, but the U.S. government’s “No Fly List” can’t be used to do it. The problem is that the no-fly list is secret. The government won’t say who’s on it, or how they got on it, or how they can get off it. […]

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For Californians, Dec. 7 A Reminder That The Coast Is Never Quite Clear

Susan Shelley

Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, “How Trump Won.”


“Could it happen here?” That’s the question that was asked in Southern California 74 years ago. Dec. 7marks the anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base near Honolulu. Two hours of bombing killed more than 2,000 Americans and wounded 1,000 more. Eight battleships were damaged or destroyed, as were nearly 200 […]

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