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Festival of Books: Matt Taibbi, Steve Lopez on socio-economic clout
Festival of Books: Matt Taibbi, Steve Lopez on socio-economic clout

Close readers of Steve Lopez’s column in the Los Angeles Times may have noticed that, in the last year, he has written about a big problem. First, there were the laid-off employees of Boeing, moving from salaries of $70,000 a year to hourly wages of $13 or less. Then the guy in Echo Park, who lives in one van and repairs shoes in the other. Or there’s the guy in Beverly Hills, who buys a perfectly nice—OK, very, very, very nice house—for $35 million, and then he tears it down to build a new one. FULL COVERAGE: FESTIVAL OF BOOKS All are examples of what Lopez called the same vexing problems: inequality, extremes in the local economy, and the near extinction...

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