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CicLAvia is happening on 10/10/10 – Ride with UEPI!

CicLAvia turns LA streets into safe, fun places for walking, bicycling, jogging, and enjoying exciting outdoor activities. By making some roadways temporarily car-free, CicLAvia opens the streets to the public from 10am to 3pm on October 10, 2010. For more

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Los Angeles doesn’t have the worst traffic in the country

This morning I saw a No on 23 yard sign. It read “Stop Texas Oil. Vote No on 23.” a few minutes ago I came across a recent study by CEOs for Cities that could be summed up as “Stop

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September 3 – Celebrate 30 Years of Farmers’ Markets in LA

Join us for 30 Years and Growing, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Los Angeles’ first farmers’ market. The Gardena farmers’ market, which opened June 23, 1979, was the first of many great markets in Southern California. This milestone

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Design the Future of Farmers’ Markets!

For Immediate Release Contact: Vanessa Zajfen; / 323-341-5092 Design the Future of Farmers’ Markets! LOS ANGELES, CA: The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College is pleased to announce our partnership with GOOD for a design competition for

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“Divorce – Union Style” in The Nation, plus Billy Bragg and Nelson Lichtenstein

Friends and Colleagues: My article, “Divorce – Union Style,” appears on the Nation’s website today and on the cover of the next (August 31) issue of the magazine . It explains the background to the intense battle that led to

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Please join me to discuss “Out of California’s Quagmire”

Friends – Please join me next Tuesday for an interesting discussion about California’s budget crisis, its impact, and what we can do to fix it.  LA City Controller Wendy Gruel and Nancy Berlin, director of the California Partnership, will be

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Friends, One of the most important progressive resources in Los Angeles — the UCLA  Labor Center — is under attack and needs our help. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has decided to shut down the Labor Center , a valuable, cutting-edge,

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How Healthy is L.A. County?

How does the health of Angelenos fare compare to the national average?  What types of health disparities exist within the county and what are their possible causes?  What is the trend over time, within SPAs (Service Planning Areas), of certain

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Progressive Patriotism – Things for Progressives and Liberals to Think About, and Do, on July 4th

Friends and Colleagues: In honor of July 4th, Dick Flacks and I have posted an article, “Progressives Take Back the Flag” on Huffington Post. We write that: “This July 4 feels different. We no longer have a president in the

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Planning to Support Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is everywhere we turn these days. On rooftops, vacant lots, and school yards. As discussed on this blog before, Los Angeles was a city founded on agriculture. With an ideal growing climate, the city should lead the nation

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