Nationwide, rent increases continue to outpace wage growth, with LA proving no exception to that rule as the most unaffordable rental market in the nation. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to earthquake retrofit thousands of vulnerable buildings will impose another heavy toll on the city's lowest-income renters if, as many have suggested, tenants shoulder the full cost of the retrofits.
The US debate on the acceptability of various political insignia is absorbing not only for what it focuses on, the Confederate flag, but also for what it omits. The US flag represents the government's poor human rights record and ongoing militarism abroad.
In this world of ours, a world of powerful centers and subjugated outposts, there is no wealth that must not be held in some suspicion. In the years since the first edition of Open Veins, history has not ceased to be a cruel mistress to us.