Author Archives: Jan Tucker

About Jan Tucker

The Detectives Diary is an innovative tool combining Private Investigation and Journalism. In 1984, Steve Harvey's Los Angeles Times "Around the Southland" Column entitled Jan Tucker's program of providing low-cost "Opposition Research" services to indigent and working class candidates for public office, "Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides into Town." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article by Henry Chu carried a sub-headline identifying Tucker as a "P.R. Guru." In November 2012, Tucker became Criminal Justice Columnist for Counter Punch Magazine and a commentator for Black Talk Radio. As a private investigator since 1979 and a former First Vice President of Newspaper Guild Local 69, Tucker takes these skills to a new level in the pages of the Detectives Diary with insightful and unique exposures and analysis of history and current events. State Director--California League of Latin American Citizens, Former seven term Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Co-President San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter-National Organization for Women, former National Commissioner for Civil Rights-League of United Latin American Citizens, former Second Vice President-Inglewood-South Bay Branch-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former founding Vice President-Armenian American Action Committee, former First Vice President, Newspaper Guild Local 69 (AFL-CIO, CLC, CWA), Board member, Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Community Advisory Board member--USC-Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Research Project

Letter to Kamala Harris on Andy Lopez

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The cast of “Secrets” soon to open at the Santa Monica Playhouse–a MUST SEE!

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At Santa Monica Playhouse

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To Ukraine, Sevastopol is Fort Sumter

I have been studiously watching the goings on between Russia and Ukraine with interest.  My maternal grandmother was from Gorodishche, Ukraine (the same region as was the grandmother of my great friend and colleague, Igor Timofayev of Kiev, former KGB … Continue reading

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Joe Paolella’s Incredible Life

My buddy Joe Paolella recently committed to writing a lot of his personal history in response to a questionnaire from a historical project.  This is a passage from the book The Kennedy Detail followed by Joe’s narrative:   Joe Paolella … Continue reading

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Boy Scouts and California Judges

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Shame on Labor & Miguel J. Santiago

I like Miguel Santiago personally.  I’ve spent much of my life as a union man all the way from lowly inside organizer all the way to First Vice President of a union local.  But I have to mete out criticism … Continue reading

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Margaret Wright-Womens HERstory

On March 22, 2014 6 pm to 10 pm, I’ll be giving a speech about one of my late mentors, African American activist Margaret Wright, at 1422 Engracia Ave Torrance.  For details on the event and RSVP info, go to: … Continue reading

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Hate Crimes in California

  Senate Bill 1234 (Kuehl) of 2004 (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=200320040SB1234&search_keywords=), sponsored by Equality California, enacted a comprehensive hate crime law for California, including a new, standardized, more inclusive definition of the term “hate crime.” The law as passed requires state and local … Continue reading

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Mark Dymally is 5150 material

If Mark Dymally winds up getting “5150’d” over this pattern of behavior, it wouldn’t be the first time.
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