Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Call for Open and Transparent Government in LA

Editor’s Note: This contribution came from community activist Gary Baratta who urged people to write, email or call their City Council member regarding the imposition on Neighborhood Council members of financial disclosure requirements as the price of opening legislative files … Continue reading

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Thus Spake Brian D’Arcy: Nahai’s Kiss of Death

“Truthfulness (is) the highest virtue; this means the opposite of the cowardice of the “idealist” who flees from reality…” — Friedrich Nietzsche. Sounding a lot like the German philosopher who believed God is dead and man as supermen must reign … Continue reading

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NAKED CITY: Same Old, Same Old . . . Worn-out Story of LA Public Policy Failures

FRIEND OF ANTONIO’S GOES BROKE, WHO GETS THE BILL?Antonio benefactor and profiteer Richard Meruelo is back in the news — it turns out even the $50 million payoff from the LAUSD board wasn’t enough to keep the downtown property owner … Continue reading

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Money, Power and Green Energy — Which Way for the Environmental Movement?

“When something that should be very popular doesn’t pass, it is a wakeup call to the mayor and the City Hall establishment. There was something that went on that the mayor and others need to look at and understand. There … Continue reading

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Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

As “green” as he likes to claim he is, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa missed his chance to lead the growing urban farming movement. That honor belongs to First Lady Michelle Obama who last week gathered a group of students and began … Continue reading

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Measure B, the Aftermath: Antonio the Salesman or the Sellout?

Antonio Villaraigosa just can’t stop selling even when nobody’s buying — and that’s not good. Clean energy and good jobs was a great label for something everyone wants but the mayor couldn’t get voters to buy Measure B with its … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Brian D’Arcy

A reader supplies this tidbit about Brian D’Arcy’s attitude toward public scrutiny that turned up in the PA Consulting charter-mandated IEA study of DWP operations and programs over the last  five years — a report that General Manager David Nahai … Continue reading

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Measure B, the Aftermath: D’Arcy, the Bully on a Power Trip

Brian D’Arcy is the most powerful figure in City Hall politics, or at least one of them. There is no uncertainty at all as to whether he is the most feared. It is as if he had the letters H-E-L-P … Continue reading

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Measure B, the Aftermath: Nahai’s Super Ego and the Role of Fall Guy

In a city that worships at the Temple of Ego, DWP GM David Nahai is a shining superstar — if a giant image of him flashing these days on digital billboards along Sunset Boulevard qualifies for entry into the Pantheon … Continue reading

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We Beat City Hall — We Can Change LA Working Together, Yes We Can

The Highway Patrolman’s red lights were flashing as I stood outside my car just across the border into Arizona Thursday night waiting for him to write the ticket when I heard the “tweet” alert. I reached for the cell phone … Continue reading

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