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Nearly 1,000 Homeless People Died in LA in 2020 as 93,000 Homes Sit Vacant

Alex Ferrer, Terra Graziani and Jacob Woocher Truthout
We must see real estate market for what it truly is: an institution rooted in settler colonialism that allows land (and the housing that sits atop it) to be distributed and controlled by those who have enough money for their preferences to matter.

SCOPE Joins the STAND LA Coalition: Fight to End Oil Drilling in Los Angeles

Erick Huerta Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
Throughout its history, the fossil fuel industry has played a major role in the development of the City of Los Angeles. Due to over-development and a history of poor, often racialized, land use decisions, many drilling sites are located in communities with a higher percentage of residents of color, and high rates of poverty, unemployment, and linguistic isolation.

Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Jennifer Medina and Noam Scheiber New York Times
Supporters of higher wages say they hope the move will reverberate nationally. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced this month that he was convening a state board to consider a wage increase in the local fast-food industry, which could be enacted without a vote in the State Legislature. Immediately after the Los Angeles vote, pressure began to build on Mr. Cuomo to reject an increase that falls short of $15 an hour.

New Report Reveals How Wall Street Impoverishes Los Angeles

Les Leopold Huffington Post - The Blog
According to the report, "No Small Fees: LA Spends More on Wall Street than Our Streets," the City of Los Angeles spent at least $51 million more in Wall Street in fees than it allocates for its entire budget for the Bureau of Street Services. And this is probably an underestimate.
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