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Articles from Vol. 271, No. 6, August 21

ALTERNATIVE LA : An Unofficial Guide for Those Inclined to Venture outside the Halls of the Democratic Convention
DUNBAR HOTEL--CENTRAL AVENUE The Dunbar Hotel (4225 South Central Avenue) was the hub of black nightlife from the 1930s through the early 1950s. The building and neighborhood later fell on hard times. Now the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation...
Beta Male
And wasn't that a touching story, in the Sunday New York Times of August 6? The headline itself went on forever: "Friends Find News Media Ignoring a Funny, Charming Guy Named Al." What's all this about the stiffness and cynicism? said many of those...
California Scheming
Democrats gather in Los Angeles facing large questions not just about their success in November but also about the direction of their party. George W. Bush came out of the stage show in Philadelphia with a united and hungry GOP, an unimpeachably conservative...
Checking It out in Philly
Behind the scenes of the carefully scripted GOP National Convention, money, the mother's milk of politics, flowed like champagne, and that champagne flowed like water. By the end of the conclave, the party's soft-money total had reached $137 million....
Cigar Aficionado
AMERICAN RHAPSODY. By Joe Eszterhas. Knopf. 432 pp. $25.95. Bill Clinton doubtless deserves this book. The rest of us may feel the need for something else--a sedative, a gene splice or a lobotomy. Four hundred pages of helium and heartburn go up in...
Goodbye Keynes, Hello Coolidge : GORE WANTS TO KEEP SHRINKING GOVERNMENT DEBT. HE ARGUES THAT FREED-UP PRIVATE CAPITAL WILL BENEFIT ALL--WHAT USED TO BE CALLED 'TRICKLE DOWN' ECONOMICS
Paying off the national debt used to be an obsession of Calvinist fundamentalists on the fringes of the Republican Party, but this year it is the boldest banner held aloft by the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. If Al Gore is taken at his word,...
Gore's Surrender
Less than a hour after George Bush concluded his party's have-a-nice-election convention with a vapid but beyond-the-expectations acceptance speech, a source deep within the Gore camp called me. This person had already conferred with several Gore-ites,...
LA's Progressive Mosaic: Beginning to Find Its Voice -- IN A CITY OF INCREASING DIVERSITY, UNIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE SEEKING COMMON GROUND--AND LEARNING TO SAY 'SOCIAL JUSTICE' IN MANY LANGUAGES
When members of the LA janitors' union decided to go on strike this past April, their success was far from guaranteed. The union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877, was up against some of the city's wealthiest and most politically...
Letters
'NADER'S ERROR' Washington, D.C. * Ruth Conniff, in "On the Road With Ralph Nader" [July 17], passes along one blatantly erroneous comment by Nader regarding the Supreme Court and then adds another error of her own. She cites the fact that Mario...
Money Talks -- VOTERS AND DONORS AGREE: IN WASHINGTON BIG BUSINESS' CLOUT IS GROWING
In this gilded-age election, big money is speaking louder than ever. And voters and large contributors to both parties agree that when money talks, politicians listen. About three-fourths of all voters and major donors believe that half the time or...
OK, Marty, You Win
How much more can the liberals-for-Gore take? Even when it was only Al it wasn't so easy. He's to the right of Bush on crime, the nuclear arsenal, deregulation, intervention abroad. Now they have to deal with Lieberman, errand boy for Connecticut's...
Pete Goes (Anti)Ballistic
My grandson, Pete, is simultaneously perusing the New York Times and playing chess with our next-door neighbor, who chortles and takes Pete's rook. Pete is four and a half and is about to overtake Leonardo da Vinci, both in art and science. The...
Planks for a People's Platform
The draft Democratic Party platform doesn't speak forcefully to the concerns of ordinary people. So we asked a group of Angelenos known for their community activism and progressive politics to propose planks they'd like to see included. --The Editors...
Team Gore/team Bush
If only Al Gore and George W. Bush wore the logos of their corporate sponsors on their sleeves, voters could have the same advantage as spectators at Daytona Beach. Instead the candidates use a bag of tricks to obscure their donors' corporate ties....
The Politics of Personal Responsibility
On August 22, 1996, just before the last Democratic convention, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility Act, the Republican-authored welfare reform bill, and, as he had long promised to do, ended "welfare as we know it," while racking...
The Two Worlds of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Running from bank- and hotel-lined Wilshire Boulevard, up the glittering gulch of Rodeo Drive, past the slinky curves of Sunset and snaking up leafy Coldwater and Benedict canyons to the legendary top-of-the-hill stretch of Mulholland...
Tricky Dick
When Dubya picked Dick Cheney as his running mate, the little screen was awash in flatulent flatteries from the chattering classes: "a grown-up," "presidential," "all steak and no sizzle" were some of the most-repeated encomiums sprayed in Cheney's...
Unwelcome to La
Activist groups that will be out in force during the Democratic convention include the National Chicano Moratorium Committee, which will hold a "Deport the two-party system!" rally August 12. On August 13, while Democrats cavort with corporate contributors...
Vote for Gore
Ralph Nader, America's indomitable public citizen, is the one great man in this presidential election. He has inspired more, done more and stood for more over the past decades than the other candidates put together. And his searing indictment of our...
Vote for Nader
It must be some playful new postmodernist form of politics: First you spend years ranting about the plutocracy that has supplanted American democracy and is rapidly devouring the planet. You complain about the growing numbers of Americans who can't...
[Your Ad Goes Here]
CULTURE JAM: The Uncooling of America[TM]. By Kalle Lasn. William Morrow/Eagle Brook. 251 pp. $25. NOBR[R]W: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture. By John Seabrook. Knopf. 215 pp. $23. There is something so insistent and cheery and mechanical...
Your Show of Shows
A part of me recoils at the thought of adding even a syllable to the ocean of pontifical sludge emanating from the Republican confab in Philadelphia, so mind-numbingly inane and diligently deceptive were both its intent and execution. Yet we ignore...