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December 8, 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Two Stories of Sexual Violence at USC - Tragedies of Danger and Corruption in Los Angeles

By Zachary Ellison
December 7, 2023

The history of sexual violence at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is undoubtedly long and checkered, even before the rise of Title IX establishing protections for gender equity in 1972 signed into law by Richard Nixon there was undoubtedly sexual violence. I will not attempt to tell that full history in this part, but instead will focus on two stories, one purely from my own perspective, and one told with the help of a leaked Notice of Investigation from USC’s EEO-TIX office, the first part stands for equity and equal opportunity. In doing so, I hope to illustrate common themes of public perception and private peril to create progressive conversation.

First though, I would be derelict if I did not mention what happened at USC this year on Halloween. No sooner had I dashed off another email pressing the university to increase transparency in its legally mandated reporting on these issues than another attack occurred with great notoriety and national public media attention. A female student taking a Lyft ride from a nightclub in West Hollywood was sexual assaulted, raped as the media headlines, while returning to her apartment just east of the 110-freeway. Our thoughts are with that student, and the driver has reportedly been banned from the app. LAPD’s investigation is ongoing according to the Daily Trojan.

Link: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/part-49-two-stories-of-sexual-violence

December 7, 2023

Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining

Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining

BY PAUL PRINGLE, ADAM ELMAHREK
DEC. 7, 2023 3 AM PT

Rambling above the rust-colored cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Terranea Resort is known for its ocean views, world-ranked spa and villas that can command $3,000 a night or more.

The property is less well known as a gathering spot for federal elected officials and the campaign donors they wine and dine.

But one politician was very familiar with the luxurious resort: former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. In 2 ½ years, the Bakersfield Republican’s election committees dropped nearly a quarter of a million dollars at Terranea, with most of the money coming from a thinly regulated leadership PAC, a Times investigation has found.

Link: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-12-07/spending-by-kevin-mccarthys-leadership-pac

June 22, 2012

Toons: Banker's Snack, Real Democracy, Selective Outrage and More. - 6/22/12


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 6/21/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/21/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/21/2012


By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons - 6/21/2012


By Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands - 6/21/2012 - "Banker's Snack"


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 6/21/2012


By Arend Van Dam, politicalcartoons.com - 6/22/2012 - "Europe Indecisive"


By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE - 6/22/2012


By Lalo Alcaraz, June 20, 2012


By Tony Auth, June 21, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 20, 2012


By Matt Davies, June 20, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 21, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 22, 2012


By Rob Rogers, June 22, 2012


By Ben Sargent, June 20, 2012


By Nick Anderson, June 21, 2012


By Chris Britt, June 21, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 20, 2012




By Jim Morin, June 20-21, 2012


By Jeff Danziger, June 22, 2012

Note: I have family visiting from out of town and will be spotty in posting the next two weeks. Happy Summer! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 19, 2012

Toons: The 2012 Graduating Class, Core Values, Humungo Bank and More. - 6/19/12


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 6/19/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/19/2012


By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch - 6/19/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/18/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/18/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 6/18/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 6/18/2012


By Rob Tornoe, The Press of Atlantic City - 6/18/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 6/18/2012


By Clay Bennett, June 18, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 18, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 18, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, June 18, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 18, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 17, 2012


By Ted Rall, June 18, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, June 18, 2012


By Jeff Stahler, June 19, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 19, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, June 18, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, June 19, 2012


By Robert Ariail, June 19, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 18, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 18, 2012

Note: I have family visiting from out of town and will be spotty in posting the next two weeks. Happy Summer! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 16, 2012

Toons: Towing the Party Line, Return of the Mummy, Watchdogs and More. - 6/15/12


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 6/16/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/15/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 6/15/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 6/15/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 6/15/2012


By Christopher Weyant, The Hill - 6/15/2012


By Tony Auth, June 14, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 15, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 15, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, June 15, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 15, 2012


By Steve Sack, June 15, 2012


By Nick Anderson, June 15, 2012


By Paul Szep, June 14, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 17, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 15, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 15, 2012

Toons: The Reset Button, Curious Time Worn Rituals, The New Political Calculus and More. - 6/14/12


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 6/14/2012


By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch - 6/14/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/14/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/14/2012


By Sorensen, Slowpoke - 6/13/2012


By Matt Davies, June 14, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 14, 2012


By Ted Rall, June 15, 2012


By Rob Rogers, June 14, 2012


By Steve Sack, June 14, 2012


By Ben Sargent, June 14, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, June 13, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 15, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, June 14, 2012


By Robert Ariail, June 15, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 14, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 14, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 15, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 14, 2012

Toons: Face-Eating Economy, Romney's "Charisma Deficit," Summer Jobs and More. - 6/13/12


By Christopher Weyant, The Hill - 6/13/2012 - "Middle Class Eraser"


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/13/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 6/13/2012 - "The Spanish Economy and the Euro"


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 6/13/2012 - "Face-eating Economy"


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 6/13/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/13/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 6/13/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 6/12/2012


By Lalo Alcaraz, June 13, 2012


By Tony Auth, June 13, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 13, 2012


By Matt Davies, June 13, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, June 13, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 13, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 13, 2012


By Jeff Stahler, June 13, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 13, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, June 12, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 13, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 13, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 13, 2012

Toons: Disaster Relief, Supply-Side Economics, Latter-Day Republicans and More. - 6/12/12


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/12/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 6/12/2012


By Jeff Parker, Florida Today and the Fort Myers News-Press - 6/12/2012


By Tony Auth, June 12, 2012


By Clay Bennett, June 12, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 11, 2012


By Ben Sargent, June 12, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, June 11, 2012


By Gary Markstein, June 11, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 12, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 11, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 13, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 12, 2012

Toons: Stomach-Turning Organisms, Build-A-Recovery, June Gloom and More. - 6/11/12


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 6/11/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/11/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/11/2012


By Christopher Weyant, The Hill - 6/11/2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 11, 2012


By Ted Rall, June 11, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 12, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, June 11, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, June 12, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson, June 12, 2012


By Steve Breen, June 10, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 11, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 10, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 08, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 9, 2012

Toons: Purge The Vote, A Tough Day, The Dairy State and More. - 6/8/12


By Jeff Parker, Florida Today and the Fort Myers News-Press - 6/8/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 6/8/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/8/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 6/8/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 6/7/2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 08, 2012


By Steve Sack, June 08, 2012


By Steve Breen, June 08, 2012


By John Deering, June 07, 2012


By Gary Markstein, June 08, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 07, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.

Profile Information

Name: Zachary Ellison
Gender: Male
Hometown: Los Angeles
Home country: United States of America
Current location: Los Angeles
Member since: Tue Oct 4, 2005, 02:58 AM
Number of posts: 27,607

About ellisonz

Zachary Ellison is an Independent Journalist and Whistleblower in the Los Angeles area. Zach was most recently employed by the University of Southern California, Office of the Provost from October 2015 to August 2022 as an Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant supporting the Vice Provost for Academic Operations and the Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost among others. Zach holds a Masterís in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Policy and Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. While a student at USC, he worked for the USC Good Neighbors Campaign including on their newsletter distributed university wide. Zach completed his B.A. in History at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon and was a writer, editor, and photographer for the Pasadena High School Chronicle. He was Barack Obamaís one-millionth online campaign contributor in 2008. Zach is a former AmeriCorps intern for Hawaii State Parks and worked for the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation. He is a trained civil process server, and enjoys weekends in the great outdoors.

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