Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ronnie’s Movie of the Week: Homeless Bums and Pompous Asses

I’m no Polanski but I do love the movies and turning City Council meetings into documentaries with my Flip camera gives me no end of pleasure whether anyone actually watches them. Today’s Council meeting produced wonderful cinema verite, at least … Continue reading

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Small Towns Out in the Desert Somewhere Are Run Better Than LA

The most memorable line Antonio Villaraigosa ever uttered came when he was under criticism for jet-setting around the world, hobnobbing with big shots and failing to pay attention to his duties as mayor of the second largest city in America. … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Action and Saturday’s NC “Action Summit” Is the Starting Point

“Less Talk – More Action” — That’s the theme of an innovative program coming this Saturday as a counter to the city-run and organized Congress of Neighborhoods set for the following Saturday, Oct. 10. The Neighborhood Councils Action Summit grew … Continue reading

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Reinvention of Journalism and the Rebirth of Free Speech

A lot of great news people I’ve known have left the profession, some just fed up with the way things were going, some no longer regarded with favor at a time when staffs are shrinking and standards are falling. Since … Continue reading

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Whodunit, Chapter 16: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood?

Crime and Punishment: The Repentance of Nadya Mahdavi and Nasir Shaikh Judgment Day was finally here It had taken 18 months to get to this moment. A lot had happened since city inspectors first cited Nadya Mahdavi for construction without … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Gadflies: City Hall’s Bungling Costs Taxpayers Dearly

Three times a week, Matt Dowd, Michael Hunt and Zuma Dogg annoy, offend and sometimes make perfect sense as co-stars in the theater of the absurd TV drama that passes for LA City Council meetings. It says a lot about … Continue reading

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City Hall’s Win-Win Strategy Wins in CD2 — Who’s to Blame?

TOTAL AT POLL BALLOTS 6,589 45.36% TOTAL VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS 7,936 54.64% GRAND TOTAL OF BALLOTS CAST 14,525 — 11.84% of 123,750 REGISTERED VOTERSAt a rate of one voter every 15 minutes per polling place on Tuesday, the East San Fernando … Continue reading

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Terms of Endearment Deal: ERIP or Ripoff?

The battle over the $405 million city budget deficit is far from over despite all the self-congratulatory back-slapping and expressions of undying love last Friday. The terms of endearment agreed to by the 22,000-member Coalition of City Unions and a … Continue reading

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Terms of Endearment Deal: 15 Reasons Why You Can’t Trust City Hall

No. 34 — that’s how many water main breaks it takes in a two-week period for the City Council to start demanding answers from the DWP about why the blowouts are occurring. Almost from the first blowout at Coldwater Canyon, … Continue reading

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Terms of Endearment: Do You Trust City Hall?

“A love cannot be an irresponsible love. It can’t be an easy love. where we say we’ll do whatever even if that’s going to hurt more next year and the year after because it feels easy now.” — Eric Garcetti, … Continue reading

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