Monthly Archives: October 2009

DWP Blackmail: Brian D’Arcy’s Monetary Terrorism

“They’ve been having a Mardi Gras (in City Hall) over the past three years.” — DWP union boss Brian D’Arcy on why IBEW members deserve a 3.25 % cash payment and raises up to 4 p% for the next few … Continue reading

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Pray for LA: Only Fools Would Gamble It All on an Economic Miracle

The City Council will vote unanimously today to give final approval to deals with most of its work force that leave the future of the city seriously in doubt. The pacts with the 22,000-member Coalition of City Unions and the … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Charlie Beck and the Australian-made Police Car

Back in the spring, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton took Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck with him on a trip halfway around the world to check out what he wants as the next generation of patrol car: The Australian-made Holden Commodore. … Continue reading

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DWP Calling: Your Money or Your Life (Or Why We Need to Know Where Our Money Goes)

Editor’s Note: The City Council, after a lengthy debate about Google vs. Microsoft email products, unanimously approved both the water and power bond plans of DWP without debate, setting the stage for further rate increases. Google email won unanimous approval … Continue reading

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Give ‘em Hell, Nuch — We Need a Bully at City Hall

City Attorney Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich took a beating last week in the press and at City Council for trying to solve the billboard mess created by City Hall over seven years. It’s a good thing he’s a tough guy from … Continue reading

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AEG Gets Signs, Cop Hiring Gets Stopped, ‘Nuch’ Gets Slapped, Billboard Ban Gets Jeopardized

.Editor’s Note: Please observe how the two-minute warning clock doesn’t run when Tim Leiweke is speaking but it does when John Walsh is mocking him and the the City Council. . Unable to get on with the job of fixing … Continue reading

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Who’s Killing Your Neighborhood? It’s Not a Mystery Anymore

For the last 18 months I tracked how the city dealt with the illegal conversion of a single-family home into a three-apartment tenement and wrote it as a 16-part mystery called “Whodunit: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood?” Now, I learn from … Continue reading

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Sense and Nonsense: The Planning Appeals Debate

There’s something about Greig Smith that never ceases to amaze me and makes me worry that his chief of staff Mitch Englander will be more of the same when he succeeds him in 18 months, much as Smith was more … Continue reading

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Three Years, Five Months, 68 Days … and Now 24 Hours More To Figure Out Planning Appeal Fees

I thought I’d seen just about everything from this City Council but my eyes were opened by Tuesday’s debate over a plan to raise fees for homeowners and neighborhood and community groups to appeal Planning and Building Safety decisions by … Continue reading

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Mechanics of Power: Squeeze Plays and Double Talk

For years, the policies of City Hall have chased away middle class jobs and residents to the suburbs and neighboring states. Home ownership has fallen from more than 60 percent to barely 40 percent. The living wage  has replaced the … Continue reading

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