Monthly Archives: November 2008

Read This and Weep: The City of L.A. Is Worse Than a Slumlord

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, through his in-house attorney, accused the federal  housing authorities of a “capricious” and politically-motivated decision to end a contract with the city that helped provide healthcare centers at housing projects, summer job programs for at-risk youths and housing … Continue reading

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100 Days to Change L.A. — The Jack Weiss Story

March 3 City Primary 100  Days and Counting You got to feel for poor Jack Weiss. He gave up an undistinguished career as a government lawyer and somehow beat the famous carpetbagger ex-radical Tom Hayden in a race for the … Continue reading

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DWP Commission gets a new head in time for a March ballot fight over solar energy plan

San Fernando Valley attorney and civic leader Lee Kanon Alpert was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be president of the Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners, the Valley Business Journal reported. Alpert takes over for Nick Patsaouras … Continue reading

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Breaking Point: Taxes, Cuts or Bankruptcy

All across California, cities and counties are frantically scrambling to find new sources of revenue even as they look at ways of cutting public spending.– and bankruptcy looms as the best alternative for some overburdened by debt. The state government, … Continue reading

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Why Can’t Antonio Be More Like … Mayor Bloomberg

Two weeks ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan for $1.5 billion in budget cuts to help the city deal with its soaring deficit that could reach $4 billion over the next two years.. Today in L.A., the … Continue reading

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Captive City: The Charade of Democracy in L.A. — Put That Up on a Digital Billboard

In the amazing debate over what to do about poor Billy the Elephant, one Council member after another got up and admitted they didn’t know what they were doing two years ago when they approved spending $40 million or so … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times: Art Bubble Bursts, Broad Goes His Own Way, NYT gets scoop

The art world isn’t my beat, the news is so I couldn’t help but notice the NYTimes had a lengthy story on the front of its culture section today on Eli Broad deciding he’ll build his own museum in Beverly … Continue reading

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L.A. Zoo Story: Save Billy the Elephant, Save L.A.

With time on my hands and laid up with a heavy cold, I spent four hours listening to dozens of honest citizens make their case why elephants belong in the wide open spaces of a sanctuary and not in zoo … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Mobile Home Park Safety

Which Way, L.A.? on KCRW at 7 p.m. tonightFire Safety and Mobile HomesWED NOV 19, 2008Host:    * Warren Olney People in mobile-home parks have complained for years they are second-class citizens unprotected by the same codes and regulations as other … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Chick vs. Delgadillo

Councilman Tom LaBonge introduced a motion Tuesday to revive the question of putting the issue of the City Controller’s authority to conduct performance audits of elected officials on May ballot — seven weeks when the official tally won’t be complete … Continue reading

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