A Young Family Adapts

A Young Family AdaptsOn December 4, 2019, our second daughter "Lottie" was born, and with her came a sort of self-imposed quarantine. I stayed home that month, resting and taking the baby out only for pediatrician appointments and a Christmas Eve lunch with friends. My husband took a few weeks off work, a…

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Teaching Art Online

Teaching Art Online “How is this going to work?” students and administrators questioned how the normally hands-on art class could be conducted online during the stay-at-home quarantine.  My 85 high school art students were to finish out the school year via distance learning. But as all the nation's school systems moved…

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A Family of Adults Join with Neighbors to Survive Alone, Together.

A Family of Adults Join with Neighbors  to Survive Alone, Together.Pandemically speaking, my household of four adults and four fur babies are learning how to get to know each other all over again.Three of my adult children, who are currently living at home, are finally behaving the way I wanted them to behave as teenagers - clearly communicating their…

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ARE FUNDS RAISED THROUGH PROPOSITIONS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WORKING?People living on the street are visible everywhere, and the situation is only getting worse. Recently, the City and County of Los Angeles have taken extra steps toward fighting the issue of homelessness, a problem that has been growing for more than a decade and, unfortunately, growing exponentially in the…

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LA Not Ready For The ‘Big One’

LA Not Ready For The ‘Big One’Neighborhood Councils Step Up To Help Their Communities Get ReadyReprinted with permission from  https://www.citywatchla.com/index.phpWhile our giant metropolis was anticipating a long weekend of barbecues and Indy racing, 19 neighborhood council activists showed up to work on a plan to educate our residents about saving their own lives (and health)…

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Better Security At Our Public Library

To Bernie Oliver and/or whoever wrote the article about "Better Security At Our Public Library" and the Washington Irving Library to contact me. I would like to address the concerns mentioned in the story, including the actions by the Office of Public Safety following our meeting and how we can help with this project.

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The Development of Washington Corridor

The Development of Washington CorridorIn April of 2000 I sent an e-mail to Mayor Riordan inquiring about the redevelopment of Washington Boulevard. Riordan had just sold off the last farm land between Ventura and Los Angeles County, making Los Angeles County officially land locked from the Pacific Ocean to San Bernardino County and creating…

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March Mayoral Primary 2009

Villaraigosa....a Shoo-in or a Shoe At? March Madness is our Mayoral Primary and May Day (19th) is our citywide elections for Angelenos.  Antonio Villaraigos is up for re-election in what appears to be a virtually “uncontested race.”  V is a charming gent you could easily invite to your backyard…

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Residents Try To Help Library

Residents Try To Help LibraryThe Washington Irving Library located at 4117 W. Washington Blvd. has the proud distinction of being the City’s first modern state of the art library built in the new millennium. With its multi- media computer workstations and spacious community meeting room, the library truly is a resource for quality learning…

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Hostage City: Free LA from the Union Stranglehold

When I was a young journalist, I got involved in leading my union and fighting for empowerment of journalists in the newsroom, for equal pay for women and for the integrity of the news report. It was a time when corporations were taking over newspapers and eliminating competition which is…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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