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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Mock Peace Summit in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, April 29, 2009)

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In Battle Between Teachers, LAUSD, It’s the Kids Who Lose (Daily News, March 6, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Fast Food Freeze is a Good Choice for South LA by Jan Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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“Ziman and Lee” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 16, 2008

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on The State of the Black Civil Rights Movement Today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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“Does Abe Foxman Have An Anti-Anti-Semite Problem?”, (New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)

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“LA’s Jews and Other Minorities---Oh How They Danced” (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, November 11, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

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Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "California's High School Exit Exam?", ( Life & Times, August 23, 2006)

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"4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy" (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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Life & Times Transcript , May 23, 2006

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Hybrid Cars and Energy Conservation

Val Zavala>> Have you heard the latest nickname for the Prius? Some have dubbed it the Prius-saurus because it's so slow. Could this be the beginning of a backlash against hybrids? For some opinions, we brought three people together in a kitchen conversation over the future of hybrids.

Dan Neil is the Pulitzer Prize-winning automobile writer for the Los Angeles Times. Bill Patzert is a climate expert at the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada. And Joe Hicks moderates their conversation. He's Vice President of CommUnity Advocates, Inc.

Joe Hicks>> Okay, guys. We're paying lots of money for gas. A lot of people seem to think hybrids are the answer. Maybe they are and maybe they aren't. Sales on some models, seemingly the larger hybrids or expensive hybrids, aren't doing well. The smaller ones apparently are. Are hybrids the answer or not?

Bill Patzert>> Well, you know, I think, myself, my conscience, I war with my environmental conscience and I also war with my love of my personal car. As I look out into the future right now, I think that the hybrid satisfies in the long run both of those needs. So myself, two thumbs up for the hybrid and I definitely see one in my future.

Joe Hicks>> As a technology, what are the up sides and down sides? Give us the answer as a car expert. You're the Times car guy. What's the up side and what's the down side of this heavy technology?

Dan Neil>> Well, there are some people who will run an analysis that says, you know, dust to dust, they require more energy to build, to recycle, etc., etc. than a regular car. I'm not persuaded that these analyses are accurate. For me, the up side is that this is really the first generation of hybrid cars. They're going to get better. Investment and technology is going to be amortized. Right now, they pay for themselves and, when gas is five bucks a gallon -- and it's going to be real soon --

Joe Hicks>> -- Oh, man, don't say that.

Dan Neil>> Oh, it's going to be more than that. You know, brace yourself. I mean, this country has got some major remodeling to do when gas reaches seven, eight, ten bucks a gallon. I mean, oil is over, right? You know, we're on the other side of peak oil. So it's inevitable. As a nonrenewable resource, you know, we're going to have to cope with oil going away.

Joe Hicks>> But is it a transitory --

Dan Neil>> -- Well, I was going to say, this technology is going to get better. We're going to have plug-in hybrids which means we're going to charge off the grid. It makes that transition to an electric car which is really the most sensible architecture for the future.

Joe Hicks>> So this is the technology that has legs on the way to somewhere else to better, more efficient hybrids. Is there something else that also might hold some promise for us in helping us out here in terms of both the environment as well as our pocketbooks?

Bill Patzert>> Well, in certain parts of the country, like in the Midwest, people are talking about ethanol and there are some pros to that definitely. We hear in the news what the Brazilians have done with sugarcane to make themselves foreign oil independent.

Dan Neil>> Yeah, except they don't grow any sugarcane in Iowa and Kansas.

Joe Hicks>> Lots of corn. Not much sugarcane.

Bill Patzert>> But answering Joe's question, myself, I think that a lot of the problem is the infrastructure. Right now, there's tremendous infrastructure in this country for me and my car and you and your gas station, all right? Now the real question is how to make that more efficient and make it cleaner so it will be better for the environment not just the local air quality, but the global environment. When I look out into the next couple of decades, myself, I see a hybrid revolution.

Joe Hicks>> But Americans have a love affair with cars, particularly here in southern California. We love this sort of various choices. People, you know, say "For my needs, I need a big Suburban or I need a big, huge pickup truck" or whatever. So it's kind of a democracy of choice, but, you know, is the marketplace going to finally drive us whether we like it or not?

Dan Neil>> I have doubts that the marketplace is going to make a good smart decision because of the inequity in income in this country. You know, you're still going to have a large number of people who can afford to drive whatever they want regardless of that vehicle's social or ecological impact, which is going to set a bad example. Now, we're going to have a diversity of choices because not all -- you're not going to run semi tractor trailers on electricity, okay? It's just impractical. Not in the short term anyway.

So you're going to have diesel, you're going to have biodiesel, you're going to have ethanol, even though, by some calculations, it takes more energy to make ethanol than it returns as a vehicle fuel. But the trick is, you know, we need liquid fuel because liquid fuel has the energy density for a lot of our needs. Electric vehicles will take care of the rest.

Now the bigger issue as a driver, for me, emotionally is carbon. You know, we've got a major problem with carbon output. We've got to address that and, if people don't do it by choice and if we can't bring social opprobrium to bear on people with big carbon footprints, we're going to have to do it by government fiat. I don't believe that that's a bad thing.

Joe Hicks>> So we should have the government force us into our --

Dan Neil>> -- Well, CAFE regulations are exactly that. CAFE says, you know, this vehicle, there's a certain range that is listed that cars have to get in terms of fuel economy. I don't think it's like, you know, the ministry of car choice. It's just a sensible public policy.

Bill Patzert>> Well, you know, you guys, let's get right down to the facts here. In the past few administrations, we've had people actually given tax rebates for buying SUV super monsters.

Dan Neil>> Right. A hundred thousand dollars for buying an Excursion. How about that? That's a good plan. That'll work.

Bill Patzert>> You know, if we're serious about this, the government can turn that around and penalize low-mileage automobiles and trucks and give large tax breaks to the next generation and the generation beyond that of hybrid users. So, you know, I think it's a reasonable thing to do because it's good for the environment.

Dan Neil>> But can we do it to the economy?

Joe Hicks>> But do you really believe that, if we get to five, seven, nine dollars a gallon, you're still going to have people buying Excursion-level cars? Aren't they going to be driving like you see in Europe? More of these little tiny bubble cars?

Bill Patzert>> Here's the fact. At renewal time, automobiles in this country is four percent per year, all right? So a lot of what you see today is going to be here for a long time. So this revolution, this hybrid revolution, is going to take decades, all right? People, instead of buying used Corollas and Excursions, ten years from now, they're going to buy used hybrids.

Dan Neil>> That's if we have a decade or two.

Joe Hicks>> But even in the interim, don't you think that people will, you know, if you're recycling cars, if they buy used cars, they're still going to say, "I'm not going to buy a used Explorer. I'm going to buy a used Civic or Corolla."

Dan Neil>> Yeah, maybe they will, but, look, vehicle choice is dependent on what's available. The government has to do more. The House Energy Committee -- it was proposed yesterday or this week. I think it was yesterday -- thirty-three miles per gallon meets CAFE standards for combined fleet cars and trucks. That didn't stand a chance in hell, okay? You know, the government is letting us down because representatives can't take the heat.

Bill Patzert>> It's politically correct to be environmental and drive a Prius.

Dan Neil>> Well, it's politically correct and politically expedient to vote environmental, but the hydrogen thing is a total money waster and it's --

Bill Patzert>> -- the hydrogen car?

Dan Neil>> The hydrogen economy is a total net energy loser and it's going to cost billions and it's a complete cul-de-sac in terms of technology. We have to stop that in California.

Bill Patzert>> It's a diversion on the part of the present administration not to deal with this larger oil consumption issue.

Dan Neil>> Remember what GM said? They said, "We're going to have a working hydrogen fuel cell car on the road by 2010, but in the meantime, don't raise CAFE standards because we need that money to build that car." Well, that ain't going to happen.

Joe Hicks>> Anyway, guys, thanks for coming in. It's been a good conversation. We'll have to do more of this.

Dan Neil>> Thanks for having us, Joe.

Joe Hicks>> We'll be back.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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