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Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
April 10, 2014 | By Ted Rall
The United States of America in Year 2014 is the wealthiest nation that has ever existed. Poverty among Americans is an obscenity: immoral, unnecessary, counterproductive . As disgusting as it is to watch $100,000 cars zoom past homeless panhandlers, however, there's something even worse: politicians who pretend to care, who say they're trying to help the poor and the downtrodden, but are actually ignoring them as they revel in the institutional corruption...
September 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Pope John Paul II, in Kabgayi, Rwanda, called for a narrowing of the gap between Africa's urban elite and rural poor and urged peasants in this infertile nation to redouble efforts to improve the quality of their lives. The pontiff said Rwandan peasants, who make up more than 80% of the population of 7 million, have the right to demand the same health, social and administrative facilities, including credit banking, as their urban counterparts.
April 9, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's rather refreshing that the next California Assembly Speaker spent her early years in a house with no indoor plumbing. Her family carried in water from a spring for drinking, cooking and washing. For a bathroom, they trekked to an outhouse. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins' father was a coal and lead miner; her mother a seamstress. The parents and their four kids crammed themselves into a little four-room house in rural southern Virginia. So when the Democrat, a San Diego transplant, talks about poor people and their housing needs, she isn't just whistling Dixie.
May 24, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
After months searching for work and feeling increasingly discouraged, Natalie Cole caught a break — an offer of a part-time position at a Little Caesars Pizza shop in Compton. The manager scheduled her orientation and told her she had to pass a food safety test. She took the test — and failed. But rather than study and take it again, she shrugged it off. "I guess I am not working for a reason," she said. PHOTOS: A life spent battling poverty Cole isn't a victim of the struggling economy.
May 29, 2012
Re "Caught in the cycle of poverty," Column One, May 24 The subheadline reads, "Choices, challenges, chaos keep undermining a woman's progress. " I have great sympathy for Natalie Cole and her four children. But from what I can gather from the story, her and her children's "challenges" are the result of Cole's "choices. " She chose to drop out of school and get pregnant. She chose to ignore dangerous, but manageable, high blood pressure and diabetes when advised by medical professionals to take her medication and get a full physical.
December 28, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Poverty appears to trump smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health. In a new study, researchers looked at health and life expectancy data from the National Health Interview Surveys and the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and came up with various behavioral and social risk factors that affect quality of life, then used a formula to estimate the quality-adjusted years of life that...
May 23, 2013
Re "Poverty's new address is in suburbs," May 20 This eye-opening study, which shows that more poor people now live in suburbs than in urban areas, indirectly highlights one of the major failings of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed school funding formula, which favors the urban poor. The impact of the last recession was so deep and broad, no place was unaffected. The number of homeless, hungry and uninsured schoolchildren has grown sharply in Orange County schools, even in districts like Irvine.
December 26, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
Poverty and disease often come together. That much is well understood. But how much does poverty foster disease? Or, how much can disease perpetuate poverty? And what's the role of nature, given that so many infectious diseases are spread by mosquitoes or spend part of their life cycle outside of the human body? A new study finds that certain types of infectious and parasitic diseases have a significant influence on economic development across the world and accounts for some of the differences in per-capita income between those who live in countries in the tropics or those in temperate latitudes.
May 22, 2012
Re "When all else fails, rob the poor," Opinion, May 17 So the poor are arrested for breaking minor laws. How horrible. Let me tell you how real poverty worked in the past. My grandfather died at age 38, leaving behind a wife and four children. My grandmother never asked for welfare and never borrowed from loan sharks. She had no problem with the law. My mother and her three siblings were taught to value education. They survived it all and became members of the Greatest Generation, those heroes of the Depression and World War II. So, please, no more hand-wringing about today's deprived and destitute.
April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
March 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Tucked in the corner of a grimy East Hollywood strip mall is a shining hope of public education. Or so U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday in an event that showcased a comprehensive program to boost academic achievement by supporting students and their families with job training, health services, after-school tutoring and other help. The program is a collaboration of Los Angeles public and private partners led by the Youth Policy Institute, which received a $30-million federal grant in 2012 to launch the initiative in the high-poverty neighborhoods of East Hollywood and Pacoima.
March 17, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line. In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver focuses on a 30-year-old single mother of three who earns less than $10 an hour as a nursing assistant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The work, which premieres Monday, is meant to highlight the struggles of an estimated 42 million women and 28 million children who are living in or are on the brink of poverty.
March 12, 2014 | By James Rainey
A nonprofit that operates 10 health centers downtown, in South Los Angeles and in Compton will increase its employees' pay to a minimum of $15 an hour in what it deemed an anti-poverty measure intended to jump-start "living wage" efforts around the region. The wage hike by St. John's Well Child and Family Center, to be announced Thursday, will increase the pay of 137 workers, many of whom now make $11 to $12 an hour. The chief executive of the health provider said that as it celebrates its 50th year in existence, St. John's wants to honor its historic roots.
March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the former Republican vice presidential nominee, launched an attack Monday on the nation's poverty programs, provoking an election-year confrontation with the White House amid a growing focus on income inequality. Drawing on his political roots as a student of conservative anti-poverty thinkers, the House Budget Committee chairman said many aspects of the expansion of the federal safety net since President Johnson's "War on Poverty" 50 years ago were "making it worse.
March 3, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A headline Monday in Politics Now, the L.A. Times' blog on national politics, distilled the challenge facing Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) as he tries to broaden his party's appeal. The story by Lisa Mascaro was about a report the House Budget Committee (which Ryan chairs) released Monday on Washington's "duplicative and complex" array of benefits for the poor. Declared the headline: "Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs. " The report didn't actually call for cuts, however.
November 6, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Joanne Gilbert has seen the effects of our tanking economy close up. Her son with the physics degree couldn't find a job. Her friend's painting firm went belly up. Her husband, a Cal State Long Beach professor, has suffered through furloughs and salary cuts. But none of that prepared the Northridge nurse for what she encountered last weekend, when she went door-to-door in Pacoima, interviewing families who had applied for Christmas baskets from the charity MEND. They were living in garages, trailers, rented rooms; cooking on hot plates; sleeping on floors.
February 23, 2014 | By Pascal Bruckner
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
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