We asked eleven of our sharpest local observers what they thought were the most important stories and trends of the year. From politics and music to faith, literature and film, they weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2012.

What can be learned by the passage of Proposition 30? Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles, says that moment signaled a change in how government is perceived from being a problem to being part of the solution, as voters said ‘yes’ to higher taxes. For Sonenshein, this is the one thing that stood out to him both on a local and a national level in 2012. More here:

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  • Pray4Peace

    I voted yes! Rich Americans were able to earn or inherit their wealth because of this great country. It's time for some pay back. Without a middle class we become Mexico.