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Downtown Los Angeles, CA at night
February 15, 2018

New York Times reporters Tim Arango and Adam Nagourney recently kludged together a mish-mash of old tropes about Los Angeles, tossed in a bit of stew about the long-standing troubles at the Los

July 14, 2014

There was a time when the term “planned community” caused Americans to salivate. It promised a place designed to meet every human need: from perfect schools and plentiful play spaces for the kids

June 11, 2014

Los Angeles nonprofits trying to move the needle toward stronger, more caring communities face monumental obstacles. The appeal of staying nose to the grindstone and laser-focusing on just the

May 19, 2014

Among the slew of ways to think about communities, the one that shapes us the most and that we can influence the least, is our community of origin.

We have no control, for better or worse,

April 14, 2014

Democracy works in part because of its vast and varied quilt of systems.  Yes, they are sometimes slow and unwieldy.  And yes, affecting needed change can seem

March 23, 2014

The bud
stands for all things, even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers,

February 1, 2014

I recently polled a number of people about an important question. The group included a couple of lawyers, community activists, a retired elected official, several business people, a retired

January 2, 2014

We Angelenos may not see in our lifetimes a harder slap upside our civic heads than the searing report just released by the Kantor Commission’s Los Angeles 2020 report, “A Time for Truth.”

December 1, 2013

“All of us in this room share two things in common,” said Denny Zane at Community Partners’ December 10 holiday gathering, “love and indignation.” It’s both of those seemingly conflicting feelings

November 1, 2013

No big fan of sweeping, abstract terms like civic engagement so much in vogue these days, I stand guilty of using that expression and others equally vague as a kind of lazy shorthand. Anna Núñez,

October 1, 2013

When young people these days seek my counsel on what needs doing in society, they often want me to help them find a place in the nonprofit sector. I turn the tables and test their interest in

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