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The new year has arrived, is speeding along and February looms!  It's not just a question of racing time; it's these mini-Rip Van Winkle experiences ("What?  It's the 11th of January?  How did that happen?") that seem strange.  We have planned a roster of speakers and events that we think is both important and interesting.  I hope you agree.

Heads up!!!!!!! Our website will be down for maintenance from the 22nd of December through the 25th!!!!!!!!! 2013. What a stunning thought. As we rush from one holiday joy (or chore) to another we will also be building wonderful programs for you. Town Hall's offices will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24 until Tuesday, Jan. 1 (although we'll still be communicating with some of the most astonishing speakers you will definitely want to know). We will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2. In the meantime, check out the great programs we have lined up for 2013 on our events page.

This year brings to mind Einstein's relativity of time - and this year certainly went (relatively) faster than others! But as you sort through the solicitations, felicitations and long family and friend letters - think about how lucky we are to be here, now. Los Angeles in the 21st Century is a vibrant component of a vibrant nation. We wish you the very best, safest, warmest and most fulfilling holiday and New Year.

The Presidential election is over, the disagreements at dinner tables and diner tables has quieted, and now we get to do it again! A'int we the lucky ones? So stay with us for another cycle as we try to unpack the various issues and what they mean. The races for City positions will become increasingly heated and interesting in the next few months - and we will bring you the best information we can - as we have for the last 75 years. Jon Goodman, President

There's a new and frightening descriptor of voters floating around - the "low-information voter." The phrase was coined by political scientist Samuel L. Popkin to describe those who vote without knowing much about the issue or candidate and, indeed, the world in which they live. You and I - because of our involvement with Town Hall Los Angeles - do not fit in that category. Nonetheless, because of California's system of propositions it's often easy to be well informed about most things but poorly informed about others.

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