FROM Edward Park
LAUSD's Facelift and the First Korean American at City Hall Three LA School Board incumbents were running for re-election yesterday. When the results were in, Richard Vladovic held on to his seat, but Tamar Galatzan and Bennett Kayser were both defeated. Karen Klein is an editorial writer focusing on education for the LA Times . The City Council was bound to see change because 4th District veteran Tom LaBonge was termed out. But LaBonge won't be replaced by his handpicked successor. Carolyn Ramsay was defeated by the self-styled outsider, David Ryu , who will be the first Korean-American and only the second Asian American to serve at City Hall. Edward Park is professor in the Asian-Pacific-American Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University.
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Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?