Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He is also a consultant to a number of nongovernmental organizations and a regular contributor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The New O.C. Voter Pays Up CHRISTIAN COLLET, Christian Collet is president of Pacific Opinions, an Irvine-based independent research firm, and a visiting professor in the department of political science at UC Irvine.
Cities Exaggerate Cost of Water Cleanup DAVID S. BECKMAN, MARK GOLD and STEVE FLEISCHLI, David S. Beckman directs the Coastal Water Project in the Los Angeles office of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Mark Gold is the Executive Director of Heal the Bay; Steve Fleischli is the Executive Director of Santa Monica BayKeeper.
Brand USA NAOMI KLEIN, Naomi Klein is the author of "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies."
Promises of Renewal Broken AMANDA SHAFFER and ROBERT GOTTLIEB, Amanda Shaffer is the author of an upcoming Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute report on supermarkets in low-income Los Angeles communities (www.uepi.oxy.edu). Robert Gottlieb is the director of the institute.
A Property Tax Refund May Be Yours ROBERT A. POOL, Robert A. Pool is a property tax attorney who lives in Seal Beach. He and his wife are defendants in the continuing Superior Court case "County of Orange vs. Orange County Assessment Appeals."
The Scientist Manque RICHARD ELLIS, Richard Ellis is the author of, most recently, "Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea."
Out of the Mouths of Babes SABINE REICHEL, Sabine Reichel is the author of "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?: Growing Up German" and of the forthcoming "The Bad Girl Bible: How to Be Good at Being Bad."
The Men Who Would Be Kings RICHARD SCHICKEL, Richard Schickel is the author of "Matinee Idylls" and reviews movies for Time magazine.
Executive Privilege KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic and the author of the forthcoming book, "Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made."
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Secret Histories D.J. CARLILE, D.J. Carlile is a music critic, playwright, poet and translator of "Rimbaud: The Works," available at Xlibris.com.