Monthly Archives: July 2009

Bruno, the LA Watchdog: Fetch the Bouncing Checks

Before I was rescued from the bushes outside Ron Kaye’s house and adopted by his wonderful wife Deborah, I was what you might call a “street dog,” living paw-to-mouth out of the garbage cans of the San Fernando Valley.It wasn’t … Continue reading

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A One-Way Ticket Out of Town — How New York Helps the Homeless

I have long harbored the idea that LA — where poverty has increased faster than anywhere else in America except Detroit — should pay people to leave town and start a new life somewhere else. It’s not the kind of … Continue reading

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Commenting on Lily Burk Tragedy, Pension Crisis

Advertisement for myself, this is my blog, you know. I was the guest commentator last night on the innovative new NBC local show “The Filter with Fred Roggin,” which is broadcast Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on digital Channel … Continue reading

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Bruno, the LA Watchdog: The Circus That’s City Hall

Bruno’s only interaction with the French was with a tan poodle behind a Burger King on Sherman Way.  She was cute, but somewhat haughty, and expected me to treat her like the current First Lady of France.Bruno?  No way. I’m … Continue reading

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Why Council Debates Attract Gadflies Like Dog Poop Attracts Flies

What does it say about the nature of City Council debates that 95 percent of the public comments come from Zuma, Matt, Mike, Donna, Arnold, John and the rest of the cast of gadflies who somehow manage to show up … Continue reading

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Today on OurLA: City Hall’s $100,000 Pension Club, Part Two

The greatest threat to the financial well-being of the City of Los Angeles and to the future of the city as a whole is the dark shadow of unfunded pension liabilities for public employees.The city’s three employee pension funds have … Continue reading

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Lily Burk Murder Suspect: Classic Case of a “Non-Violent Offender” Being Freed from Prison

Charlie Samuel is the poster child for the kind of thugs classified as “non-violent offenders” despite a history of violent behavior — the kind of hopeless criminal who would be included in the governor’s planned release of 27,000 convicts to … Continue reading

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Drought Busters Report: Guess Who Was Wasting the Most Water in LA

If the DWP is to be believed — always a risky proposition — then we know who the worst water waster in town is: The City, of course. According to today’s report from the DWP on the first month of … Continue reading

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Exclusively on OurLA.org: City Pension Millionaires: The $100,000 Club

Go to OurLA.org – the new community-based news and information site — to read the who’s who of City Hall’s $100,000 Pension Club. Today’s exclusive report provides the names of the retired LAPD and Fire Department employees who are getting … Continue reading

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Selling LA: The Pitchman, The Promotion and The Profiteering

What’s happening to LA is a crime but don’t count on anybody go to jail. The game is fixed. The street furniture deal is one of the scandals that goes back a few years when they let a greedy private … Continue reading

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