Los Angeles

LA, Orange Counties Lead Nation for Crammed Housing

Overpopulation, Over-Immigration Fuel Shocking Living Standards

A recent Los Angeles Times story reported shockingly overcrowded living conditions in Los Angeles and Orange County. The Census Bureau defines overcrowded as homes or apartments that have more than one person per room, excluding bathrooms.

L.A. is Poor – But Immigration is Enriching

The Los Angeles 2020 Commission, convened by City Council president Herb Wesson, had some disturbing findings about the city. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the panel found that “Los Angeles is a city in decline, strangled by traffic, weighted down by poverty and suffering from ‘a crisis of leadership and direction.’”

Los Angeles City Council Sells Out Legal Residents, Approves Alien ID Cards

Lost in the November Election Day shuffle is the Los Angeles City Council’s 12-1 vote to proceed with the photo ID cards that will allow as many as 400,000 illegal immigrants not only to identify themselves but also to access banking services, pay bills, check out library cards and---get this one---use city job centers. Apparently, Councilman Richard Alarcón and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa don’t know---or don’t care about--- the city’s unemployment rate.

'Adapting' to Climate Change

LOS ANGELES – There’s yet another report, “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region,” indicating that the planet will become a more inhospitable place for carbon-based units.

The State We Have Lost

“You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Discourse on Inequality

From naturalist John Muir, whose love of nature helped save many of California’s unique wilderness areas, to U.S. President and conservationist Teddy Roosevelt, who doubled the number of national parks, America’s natural wonders – and consequently future generations – have benefited by a few visionaries.

To Los Angeles’ Great Relief, Carmageddon is a Bust

Carmageddon is this decade’s Y-2K. When the year 2000 approached dire predictions were made about the nation’s fate. Fear mongers predicted total paralysis for air traffic, business systems and banking records. On December 31, 1999 the nation held its breath. But on the morning of January 1, 2000 everyone wondered what all the fuss had been about.

Get Ready: Here Comes Carmageddon!

Growing up in Southern California during the 1950s (Los Angeles:  population about 2 million; state population, 11 million), part of our family routine included the Sunday night drive. Sometimes we would set off to the north toward the San Fernando Valley, at the time mostly orange groves but now strip malls and tract housing. Other evenings, we’d head west toward the Pacific Ocean to watch the sunset.

Anchor babies cost Los Angeles welfare $600 million last year

California harbors the most illegal aliens in the nation and a new report out from the Los County Board of Supervisors shows the incredibly high cost of welfare for parents of anchor babies.

Quality of Life and Overpopulation

On any given day in Los Angeles, entering the roadways is an exercise in risking one’s life and testing the limits of one’s patience, whether driving or walking. Maybe some just accept that as “a given” since L.A., with 4 million people now, is the most populated city in California. But when we moved to L.A. some 20 years ago from the East Coast (where drivers were dreadful from my vantage point – a transplant from Oklahoma and civil driving), one of the first things I noticed was how much nicer the drivers were here versus my New Jersey-Connecticut-New York experience. As the years have passed, that’s certainly no longer true; driver courtesy has devolved markedly in my experience. So my initial observation is now but history of a kinder, gentler California (I can only imagine what people who lived here in the 50s and 60s think of the changed landscape).

Another Sign of California Decline: Miles of Bad Road

For the past few years whenever having to venture out onto Los Angeles area roads, I return home complaining about how bad the roads are—except  for Santa Monica which seems to repave its roads even when it appears unnecessary. This week, now everyone knows how bad L.A. roads are.