Monthly Archives: August 2009

Jay Carson, Steve Bing and Antonio’s Ethics Problem

Gang czar Jeff Carr got the top billing in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s shakeup in the leadership of his vast personal staff. But the real play is the appointment of high-flying Jay Carson, the 32-year-old named to revive the mayor’s political … Continue reading

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Abandoning Antonio’s Ship: Loneliness at the Top

You got to feel for Antonio Villaraigosa. He’s taken over the schools, launched his pay more for less water and power initiatives, tweeting hourly of his accomplishments and ignoring the city’s budget crisis, and now key players on his team … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Last Stand: Battle for LAUSD, City Hall

Antonio Villaraigosa has finally staked out his claim as the leader of Los Angeles; now all he has to do is lead. He knows good and well what the No. 1 problem is: Public employee unions are out of control. … Continue reading

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LA’s Great Educational Experiment: Breaking up LAUSD 50 Schools at a Time

Finally, after 30 years of failure to achieve a record of success and a can-do classroom culture, LAUSD surrendered Tuesday and took the leap toward real reform. The school board voted 6-1 to open 50 new schools and those that … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Generation: 50th High School Reunion

I got to the first event of my 50th high school class reunion when the cocktail party was already in full swing in a hotel party room jammed with some 300 elderly people. There was no line at the bar. … Continue reading

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Measure B By Any Other Name Is Still a Blank Check for Defrauding the Public

There’s a fundamental difference between a publicly-owned utility like Southern California Edison and a municipally-owned utility like the LA Department of Water and Power. You can guess which utility is more open about what’s doing, more accountable to the public … Continue reading

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Bruno, the LA Watchdog: Why Van Gogh Cut His Ear Off

Bruno has only two pictures on his doghouse walls: A shot of the woman who rescued me from life on the streets, and a painting of some buddies and me playing poker.An art expert, I ain’t. But I know a … Continue reading

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Where in the World is Antonio Villaraigosa? Africa, Iceland, Topless Pool at Caesar’s Palace…

Maybe we’d be better off if the mayor was still running for governor. That way at least he might muster serve energy to pay attention to the city’s affairs instead of his own. At least to protect his record. Ever … Continue reading

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Follow the Money: Essel’s Trail in CD2 Race Leads to City Hall Interests

The battle lines are drawn for the Council District 2 special election on Sept. 22 and if money talks — and it usually does in politics — Chris Essel should be unbeatable.She’s raised nearly $200,000, which is more than the … Continue reading

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Bruno, the LA Watchdog: Love and Excess in High Places

If you’re a city official looking for a place to fall in — or out — of love, you might want to pick someplace other than Osteria Mozza.And don’t think you can compromise by patronizing the Pizzeria Mozza next door … Continue reading

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