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Archive for August, 2009

Discovering Differences

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

What do the BBC, NPR, and Wired Science have in common? Well, beside the fact that I plan to follow these sites, not much. (more…)

Skid Row and a Safer City

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

“Six million spent for fifty additional cops on Skid Row … but only $5.7 million spent for homeless services CITYWIDE.” A poster emblazoned with those words stood against a wall in the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s office. Pete White founded the Los Angeles Community Action Network in 2004 to fight for the rights of Los Angeles’ poorest residents: the thousands of men and women who call Skid Row home.

Skid Row welcomed, against its will, another population in late 2006. The Safer City initiative, launched by LA Police Chief William Bratton, sought to clean up Skid Row by increasing the police force on its streets.