Does Billy the elephant belong at the LA Zoo?

A small, influential group of celebrities and animal activists have reinvigorated their failed 2009 campaign to move Billy the elephant out of the LA Zoo. On April 19, Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a motion to “immediately cancel any current…

Remembering Matthew, With Love, Always

...He was his mother’s son, never crossed a picket line, always rooted for the underdog. He worked at the Higher Path because he believed in the healing benefits of marijuana. …

Hyggelig & Gemütlichkeit

This Danish word refers to a warm, friendly, cozy, delightfully intimate moment or thing. It gives off imagery of a candlelit winter evening at home with warm blankets and maybe a bit of alcohol. …

Portantino celebrates 2017 Women of the Year

“But today I will take up space, so much space. I am practicing what I preach, breaking the cycle of fear, feeling like we are imposters, as if our accomplishments are accidental, as if it couldn’t have really happened.”…

They Go Low – We Go Local!

Published originally in CityWatch LA BUTCHER ON LA – Within two weeks of moving into our new apartment in La Crescenta, I learned of two substantive, meaningful opportunities to participate locally: a community meeting explaining the new districts for elections…

Stop! Smell this rose!

“If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. 'Green fingers' are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a…

DWP ‘Reform’ Charter Amendment RRR: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

Originally published in CityWatch – August 29, 2016 BUTCHER ON LA – “Reform” of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is on the November ballot as Charter Amendment Measure RRR and it’s just (w)Rong, (w)Rong, (w)Rong! Wrong for…