Poverty and San Fernando Valley Secession

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Opponents of breaking up the City of Los Angeles often charge that the affluent San Fernando Valley wants to separate itself from the urban poor. But the northeast Valley contains some of LA-s poorest neighborhoods, with unpaved roads that turn muddy in winter rain, streets without lighting, and homes with septic tanks instead of sewers. If the Valley becomes a separate city, will the -haves- in Encino and Sherman Oaks take better care of the -have-nots- in Pacoima and Sun Valley? We get two very different perspectives. Secession leader Richard Close, of Valley VOTE, says that it will. Former Mayor Richard Riordan, who currently serves as co-chair of LA United, is skeptical.
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Proposition 215: Medical Use of Marijuana





Warren Olney


Frances Anderton