Monthly Archives: April 2009

Grappling with the City Budget Crisis: More Money for City Hall or More Power to the People?

Editor’s Note: The following two columns I wrote were published this week in local community newspapers. The first one in Wayne Adelstein’s North Valley Community News and the second one in Nina Royal’s North Valley Reporter.Remembrance of a Valley Past … Continue reading

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Free Speech in LA? Help Save Public Access TV

This afternoon, public access TV producer Leslie Dutton  of the Full Disclosure Network will lead  a group of us from the left, right and center of the political spectrum before the City Council’s Budget Committee where we will get a … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter 15: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

It all seemed so simple way back when the case of the house that became a tenement came my way. Nadya Mahdavi bought a house in my tract out of foreclosure and got cited for construction without a permit and … Continue reading

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UPDATE Public Be Damned: Taxi Parking Measure Stalled

EDITOR’S NOTE: The City Council’s rush to please lobbyist Ken Spiker Jr., who represents taxicab operators and billboard companies, by giving taxis an exemption from the ban on long-term parking on residential streets has stalled thanks to community opposition. Here’s … Continue reading

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City Budget Day One: Mayor Backs Down on Water Runoff Tax — For Now

At the end of a long day of hearings on the city budget crisis, officials of the Board of Public Works and the mayor’s office admitted Monday there was no “urgency” to efforts to quadruple the storm water runoff tax … Continue reading

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Public Be Damned: Taxi Drivers Matter More to City Hall Than You

It’s stories like this that remind the newspaper man in me why I love LA, I mean really LOVE. For pure in-your-face, public-be-damned audacity it’s hard to beat the City Council’s sudden mad rush to lift the ban on taxicabs … Continue reading

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Blueprint for Bankruptcy: Hearings Start on City Budget, LA’s Future at Stake

The future of LA hangs in the balance of 12 days of City Council budget hearings that get under way at 9 a.m. Monday but only a fool like me would hold any hope that the nation’s highest paid — … Continue reading

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A Week Without Water: The Plight of the People of Shadow Hills

Shadow Hills residents Kurtis, left, and Kamini King, Maria Mejia, Bill McChesney, Mike Graf and Rudy Madrid have all been battling neighboring property owner Patrick Wizmann over water. (Evan Yee/Staff Photographer) Editor’s Note: What good’s a city if it can’t … Continue reading

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Stench of New York Pay-to-Play Scandal Hits LA City Hall

For months, the rumor mill has heated up over possible federal investigations of various individuals inside City Hall’s narrow political culture. There was nothing to back them up until now. David Zahniser and Walter Hamilton of the LA Times posted … Continue reading

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Antonio and the Fine Art of Political Seduction

The mayor’s first road-show appearance selling his hypothetical $7 billion city budget took me around the corner Thursday afternoon to Providence Tarzana Medical Center where I kibbitzed with leaders of VICA and the United Chambers waiting for the inevitably late … Continue reading

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