Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)

Founded in 1985, LAPD is made up of people who make art and live and work in Skid Row...



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Bad BIDness in the City of Angels: Business Improvement Districts, Lobbying, and Class Warfare.

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Tuesday, July 25, 7:30PM at the Skid Row History Museum and Archive Adrian Riskin who blogs about BIDs in LA at MichaelKohlhaas.Org presents: Business improvement districts in Los Angeles have a long history of lobbying the City government and of evading municipal lobbying laws to further the interests of the…

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KevinMichael Key

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Our dear friend and collaborator and Key LAPD staff member KevinMichael Key has passed on.  He died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving children, brother, grandchildren and friends. Kevin is a big and loving presence in the Skid Row community, working as an advocate with UCEPP (United…

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