Spike Dolomite is a Valley artist, arts education activist, and community organizer. Her paintings have been shown in various spaces throughout the Valley for over 20 years. Her cartoon book, “ART” came out in 2010 and is on sale at Continental Art Supplies, CSUN Art Gallery, and La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, and 11:11 a Creative Collective. Her “ART” cartoons have also been published on NoHoArtsDistrict.com.
Spike is a co-founder and managing director of a grassroots group called, “Reseda Renaissance,” a group of artists, art lovers, business leaders, and civic leaders dedicated to seeing Reseda make a comeback via the arts.
Her political blog, “Left Turn in NoHo” ran on NoHoArtsDistrict.com from 2012 through 2013.
In my work as a nonprofit leader, I have attended many different neighborhood council meetings throughout the Valley and have found that a third of them function really well, a third do a fair job, and a third hardly function at all.
Paranoid old white people waving their guns around at town hall meetings, threatening their elected officials to kill Obamacare (while carrying signs that read, “Keep Your Hands Off of my Medicare”) is so two thousand and ten.
I’m a middle class white woman. The only time I have ever come close to being “profiled” has been for being a middle aged, over weight white mom driving a Toyota mini-van from the Valley. The worst thing that has ever happened to me as a result of this type of profiling is that I have been dismissed a few times as being nothing more than a middle aged housewife from the Valley.
Two days after the SCOTUS decision, plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, were finally able to marry in California city halls.
Today is the last day of school. The last day that I will have to drive my daughter to elementary school to face yet one more day of rude parents who cut in front of me in the car pool lane as I politely wait for our turn to drop off or pick up.
As long as immigration reform has no real political power moving it forward and the politicians keep playing games and dragging their feet, immigrants will remain powerless.
That is by design.
One out of eight jobs in Los Angeles County is part of the larger creative economy. People who frequent the theatre, go to art galleries, museums, and concerts, are five times more likely to vote than their neighbors. In addition to all of the creative jobs found within the film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles is home to over 5,000 fashion labels and more fashion jobs than another other city, and has the second largest population of artists in the country. People come here from all over the country to seek careers in music, film, TV, fashion and other artistic fields. On top of all that, the arts generate $1.3 billion in tax revenues for the city.