Monthly Archives: June 2009

Huizar’s Prenuptial Deal: Binding Agreement to Keep Both Autry, Southwest as Living Museums

In a dramatic last-minute shift, Councilman Jose Huizar proposed a “prenuptial agreement” that would require the Autry National Center to renovate the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington and operate it as a living museum as part of its lease agreement … Continue reading

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A Blogger’s View: That Was the (Fiscal) Year It Was — City Hall’s Failure Reaches New Heights

“We’re not going to allow an election to impede the future, to impede what we have to do in the city.“  — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, June 29, 2009, on his commitment to go ahead with the solar energy plan owned … Continue reading

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Autry vs. Southwest Shootout: Symbol of LA’s Cultural and Political Poverty

Editor’s Note: If you support retaining the Southwest Museum as a a living museum, you can help by going to the Friends of the Southwest Museum’s website  and joining their email and fax campaign. Of all the dozens of city … Continue reading

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What Really Happened in the CD5 Race…

Editor’s Note: This is the full version of an opinion piece that appeared in the Daily News.By Danielle Elliott with Michael SeveralCommunity CorrespondentsPaul Koretz was formally declared the winner of the Council District 5 runoff election on Tuesday – a … Continue reading

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An Offer They Can’t Refuse: Council Gives City Unions What They Want

UPDATE: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will hold a 3:30 p.m. press conference with union leaders on the deal with city unions. His press release () calls it a “MAYOR-DEAL.doc landmark agreement (that) will save $500 million over two years without layoffs … Continue reading

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Here’s the Plan: Is It Good for You or Good for Them?

Editor’s Note: Read the plan the City Council will vote on today to sweeten the package for 2,400 city workers to get them to retire early. It gives the unions until 2026 to repay the pension and other costs by … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter 15: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

Justice delayed due to faulty machinery, mechanical — bureaucratic Chelsea CodyOurLA.org Writer “There will be no more continuances. This is the last one.” said Commissioner Thomas Grodin before dismissing Nasir Shaikh, his new attorney Monica Romallo and ex-wife Nadya Mahdavi’s … Continue reading

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LA Chamber: Sweetheart Deal Means “Short-term Political Gain and Long-term Financial Pain”

Like the rest of us at the mercy of the one-dimensional City Hall political machine, the Chamber of Commerce constantly finds itself going along with a lot things it doesn’t like in order to get even a few crumbs from … Continue reading

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Is This What They Mean By Shared Sacrifice?

I’m not too worried about the sweetheart deal our city fathers and mothers have cut with our city workers — it will blow up in their faces long before the paper it’s written on yellows if not before the ink … Continue reading

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UPDATED: LA’s Road to Ruin: Payoffs instead of Layoffs

UPDATE: Here’s what the SEIU has to say about leaders of 19 city bargaining units grabbing at the deal to avoid layoffs: “While public workers across the country are being forced to take layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts, and residents … Continue reading

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