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A Carey McWilliams award talk

I received the Carey McWilliams award at the annual meeting of the California Studies Association in late April.  Here’s the speech:  Carey McWilliams Award Presentation. As I said in the talk, it was particularly compelling to receive this award in

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the 710 game

I attended a public meeting on the future of transportation in the so-called ’710 gap’ area. Most attendees want better transit and greener, living streets, not a freeway extension/ tunnel. I wrote about the meeting for Streetsblog LA.

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Honey, China and the Declining Bumble Bee

A series of recent studies, news articles, and legal actions involving honey provide a cautionary story about what can be considered the underside of the global food industry. This includes why honey is becoming an increasingly popular product; where the

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too big to miss (tackling the global freight industry)

Streetsblog Los Angeles posted some reflections I had on the Moving Forward Together conference that THE Impact Project held last weekend.

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The cost of a gobal food chain

Check out the op ed from yesterday’s L.A. Times written by Bob Gottlieb. We hope to see you folks at the Moving Forward Together Conference this Friday and Saturday to talk more about these important issues! The cost of a

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Moving forward Together Conference tomorrow and saturday!

In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times my colleague Robert Gottlieb wrote about garlic & globalization: the environmental, economic and cultural costs of an international food system replacing locally grown food. Tomorrow and Saturday (October 22nd and 23rd, 2010), join UEPI, our

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If L.A. is the nation’s trade gateway, “Sprawl is Inevitable”

Last week I wrote about how a fixation on traffic congestion (vs. time or distance) promoted sprawling transportation investments. Here’s another sprawl-promoting obsession that deserves a  stake in the heart: the idea that greater Los Angeles’ economic future is to

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good trains, bad trains

Trains. The word summons up an image powered by some of America’s favorite mystiques: our childhood infatuation with the little engine that could and Thomas the Tank Engine; nostalgia for the age of steam and manifest destiny; and the promise

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storing harm

Storing harm: warehouses in the L.A. region Before reaching the shelves of the nation’s stores, the contents of millions of containers imported into the ports of L.A. and Long Beach are stored in warehouses along transportation routes from the ports

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The battle that won’t go away…710 on Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2010 Contact: Zoë Phillips 323-341-5098 / 562-338-3989 (c)  phillipsz@oxy.edu Amanda Shaffer 323-259-2759 / 626-818-2348 (c) shaffer@oxy.edu The battle that won’t go away…710 on Trial Action-oriented educational conference to be held at Occidental College LOS ANGELES

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