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The Civil Rights Act Is Broken

Californians, like other Americans, like to think that race should never be a qualification for a job, that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and a fair shake. This principle undergirds …


A volunteer and veteran who did not want to be identified poses with his memorial-patched vest at the 13th annual StandDown in Phoenix,

What Happens to a Homeless Veteran?

Jymm is a Vietnam vet with two Purple Hearts who ended up homeless in Santa Monica. When I met him, he’d been on the streets off and on for about …


Could I Stop Being Gay?

Could I Stop Being Gay?

Would I truly go to heaven, despite being gay?

This question haunted me growing up. My earliest and most influential childhood memory is being 4 years old and “accepting Jesus into …


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In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture

When Renzo Piano was first approached about designing an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Italian architect hesitated. “As I already told you,” he wrote in …


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Mick Jagger, Lowriders, and Men in Suits

Some photographs emphasize the camera’s unflinching eye through a stark and straightforward perspective. The layered, scratched, burned, and painted photographs of the late L.A. artist Ricardo Valverde—whose first retrospective is …