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Then and Now: L.A. Riots, 20 Years Laternew

For more than two weeks in the spring of 1992, L.A. Weekly photographer Ted Soqui put his life at risk as he drove from one ravaged neighborhood to another to document the fallout of the Los Angeles riots.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald and Ted Soqui  |  04-26-2012  |  Features

LAPD Audit: New Chief Releases a Report Showing Broad Mismanagementnew

The city may not be as safe as the 1950s like Bill Bratton often boasted, but apparently the bookkeeping by the Los Angeles Police Department is “stuck” in that decade, and a new and embarrassing audit is roiling City Hall—by explaining how bad things really are.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek  |  12-18-2009  |  Economy

L.A.'s Medical-Weed Warsnew

Today Los Angeles stands as the nation's pot capital, a mecca for buying and selling the drug under the guise of the medicinal use initiative California voters approved 13 years ago. The conditions are testament to a breakdown in basic governance unseen in any other major California city.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek  |  11-30-2009  |  Drugs

All Sides In L.A.'s Pot Wars Agree: City Hall is Incompetentnew

The disparate groups in the pot debate agree on one thing: Los Angeles City Hall has been almost comically inept at complying with simple state deadlines for municipalities to create rules for medicinal marijuana.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald and Jill Stewart  |  10-23-2009  |  Drugs

The Secret Lives of Queer Leading Mennew

How Howard Bragman, Hollywood's coming-out guru, helps gay actors tell the truth. Bragman's parents were "tolerant and accepting" when he came out in his 20s; Proposition 8 was "extremely painful"; gays and lesbians need to "call people on their shit."
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  10-09-2009  |  Movies

Jimmy On the Edge of Townnew

A homeless Christian-Muslim from Palestine pitches a tent behind Bed Bath & Beyond in Northridge. Then come the railroad men and feral cat activists.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-31-2009  |  Culture

Gay Director Todd Holland's Advice to Play it Straightnew

Holland, a 47-year-old gay man who has become a success with critically acclaimed TV shows such as The Larry Sanders Show and Malcolm in the Middle, is an informal mentor to young, gay male actors. They seek his advice, he told an Outfest audience, and he routinely tells them to stay in the closet.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-24-2009  |  LGBT

Envirowimps: L.A.'s Big Green Groups Get Comfynew

Big-time environmental activists in Los Angeles have left the street-fighting to the little guys.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-10-2009  |  Environment

Wiser Gay-Rights Groups Craft a 2010 Ballot Measure for Californianew

The recent coordinated efforts showcased the kind of campaign structure many gay-marriage advocates want to see built for a new ballot measure, in which cash-rich, mainstream gay-rights organizations work closely with their less wealthy grassroots counterparts.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  06-05-2009  |  LGBT

Is L.A. As Safe As Bratton Says It Is?new

The Los Angeles Police Chief says the city is as safe as it was in 1956. But Bill Bratton is manipulating numbers and acting like a politician.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  05-01-2009  |  Crime & Justice

New Gay-Marriage War Coming to Californianew

Whether or not the California State Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8, one thing is certain: The battle to legalize or ban gay marriage in California will not end with the justices’ ruling due before June 3.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  03-13-2009  |  Civil Liberties

Los Angeles on $300,000 a Yearnew

The L.A. City Council salaries are not just overinflated in an era of belt-tightening. They are only a hair below the salaries of Congress, and are higher than those of federal judges. They amount to a staggering 400 percent of Los Angeles' median household income of $46,000.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  02-27-2009  |  Politics

Shutting Down Public-Access TV in

If everything unfolds as planned, Time Warner will walk away from operating 12 public-access studios in L.A, which help everyday people to create hundreds of hours of content on 11 freewheeling, neighborhood-based public channels.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  12-12-2008  |  Media

Young Gays Take Reins From Elders on Prop. 8new

In wake of gay-marriage ban, the mantle is shifting from battle-scarred AIDS warriors.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  12-01-2008  |  LGBT

The Blame Game Erupts Over Prop. 8new

With one exit poll showing 70 percent of blacks and 53 percent of Latinos supporting California's same-sex marriage ban, blacks and Latinos are being blamed for helping put Prop. 8 over the top. Only the Mormon Church has been slammed harder, by loud and passionate crowds.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  11-14-2008  |  LGBT

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