Thoughts on the Recent Legislative Session; The Housing Crisis Unresolved

Bill Boyarsky
Columnist for LA Observed and former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times

While the legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom had some solid accomplishments in the recent session, they fell short in dealing with California’s great curse of homelessness and the related shortage of housing affordable enough for working people. This is not a surprise. Homelessness and the housing shortage have so far proved immune to any solution.  […]

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Does Trump Really Want to Help the Homeless?

Bill Boyarsky
Columnist for LA Observed and former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times

Tackling the immensity and complexity of homelessness has proved itself beyond the reach of local governments and their taxpayers, even those as generous as Los Angelenos.  That is why President Donald Trump’s threat–or offer–to intervene in California’s struggle against this affliction deserves close skeptical, attention. Is this an unexpected compassionate offer from Trump to use […]

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Doug Jeffe: a remembrance

Bill Boyarsky
Columnist for LA Observed and former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times

Campaign manager Douglas Jeffe, who died in a tragic accident last week, combined skill, intelligence, compassion and humor in a career that made him respected by friends and foes and placed him in the middle of the most tumultuous years of California politics. Jeffe apparently drowned April 10 in the Galapagos Islands while on a […]

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