Robert Greene

Writer

Robert Greene is an editorial writer covering water, drought, criminal justice reform and Los Angeles County government. Greene previously was a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and a reporter and associate editor for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Prior to becoming a journalist, he was an attorney in Los Angeles. He is a resident of Highland Park and a graduate of USC and Georgetown University Law School.

Recent Articles

  • Another judicial lottery is coming. Are voters too inept to pick the right judges?

    Another judicial lottery is coming. Are voters too inept to pick the right judges?

    Of the more than 400 judges sitting on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, there is a very small handful of manifestly bad ones. Some may be presiding over courtrooms because of ill-considered appointments by the governor, but let’s be frank -– they’re at least as likely to be there because...

  • Whatever happened to Project 50?

    Whatever happened to Project 50?

    When a large enterprise like Los Angeles County government attempts something extraordinarily ambitious such as effectively eliminating homelessness, yet repeatedly falls short, it's sometimes hard to tell whether the rubble left by each failure forms a series of impenetrable barriers against the...

  • From jail to skid row, where 'all healing needs are met'

    From jail to skid row, where 'all healing needs are met'

    "What am I going to do with an apartment?" Peter Starks, dressed in a gray business suit, offers a look of incredulity, as if the very notion of giving housing to someone like him, a drug user for 40 of his 67 years, is crazy. He is facing a roomful of people who nod knowingly. Most of them are...

  • County or city: Who is responsible for dealing with L.A. homelessness?

    County or city: Who is responsible for dealing with L.A. homelessness?

    Imagine the father of two young children whose mother has died or disappeared. The father is desperately trying to make ends meet so he can pay the rent. And then he gets arrested, perhaps on a drug charge. He is convicted and jailed, and the children are sent to two different foster homes. This...

  • Tell us why this homelessness plan will work when the others failed

    Tell us why this homelessness plan will work when the others failed

    News flash: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors allocated $100 million to fight homelessness and came up with plans to make sure that inmates leaving prison and patients leaving hospitals don't end up on skid row. Joining with L.A.'s mayor, they called a news conference to announce that...

  • Who's right and who's wrong about Proposition 47 and crime numbers?

    Who's right and who's wrong about Proposition 47 and crime numbers?

    Proposition 47 is an amazing success, and recidivism by inmates who got out of prison because of it is exceptionally low, the Stanford Justice Advocacy Project said in a study released last week. Proposition 47 puts Californians at risk by causing an increase in violent crime, not just property...

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