Prison 'Realignment' Program Stalling Out?
For the rest of the nation, realignment has to do with college football, but here in California, it's also the name for the massive population shift from state prisons to local lock ups. The idea was shrink the number of people the state is responsible for, and realignment has done that. But a new study says local law enforcement agencies are pushing the ball in the other direction, too.
Last Call at the King Eddy Saloon
Fifty years ago, writers like John Fante, and later, Charles Bukowski hung out in downtown Los Angeles, mulling over bad breaks and crafting the next hard boiled sentence in Skid Row bars like the King Eddy Saloon. It's the last bar on Skid Row, and King Eddy still serves the local, longtime, down-and-out denizens. But the neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and the King Eddy's days are numbered.