Monthly Archives: November 2009

Paul Krekorian for CD2: The Best Hope for Change

They shouldn’t have done it, they shouldn’t have gotten Paul Krekorian mad, so mad he’s started sounding like a guy who will to stand up for his constituents instead of a politician running for a new office. Their big mistake … Continue reading

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Shakeup in LAPD Command Staff: Winners and Losers

Losers: McDonnell and Papa….Winners: Jacobs, Moore, Chaleff and more…Go to OurLA.org to read the full story. Here’e Chief Charlie Beck’s Memo to Staff FROM:   Chief of Police SUBJECT:    DEPARTMENT REORGANIZATION I have taken the first step in reorganizing the Department … Continue reading

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Essel’s ‘Lettergate’: Why Is Antonio’s Thank You Note in 2000 a Criminal Matter?

As we head into the final two weeks of the Battle for CD2, the campaign between Paul Krekorian and Christine Essel suddenly has escalated into one of the costliest and nastiest ever for the City Council. The City Hall political … Continue reading

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D’Arcy’s Kiss of Death for Chris Essel

The Dec. 8 runoff in Council District 2 between Paul Krekorian and Chris Essel shaped up as a choice between the lesser of two evils, both beholden the same City Hall political machine that for so long has betrayed the … Continue reading

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Nuch and the Lemmings: Marijuana and the Selective Enforcement of Laws

UPDATE: The City Council delayed a vote for a week and probably longer on a new ordinance implementing the 13-year-old state medical marijuana law. Councilman Ed Reyes and others proposed a long series of amendments intended to gut the City … Continue reading

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Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: Granny Flats, Converted Garages, Houses Turned into Tenements

This may be the most desperate and despicable act yet by City Hall in its long war to eradicate the middle class from Los Angeles. They call it a proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance. That’s a phrase intended to obscure … Continue reading

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Some Things Just Don’t Add Up About Selecting the New LAPD Chief

There’s something about cops that’s always intriguing: They think that 2 plus 2 always equals 4, well almost always. It’s that just the facts, M’am, literal-mindedness they need to turn hard evidence into theories of crimes and nail suspects. A … Continue reading

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Freeman Report: Cooking (the books) with Hot Air

Back on Aug. 11, David Zahniser in the LATimes reported that the DWP was trying to hire former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as a lobbyist in Sacramento because officials were worried AB 32 — the 2006 bill he wrote — … Continue reading

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Long Lines for City Hall’s Sweet ERIP Deal . . .

But Who Will Staff Libraries and Parks and Drive the Garbage Trucks ERIP Season has finally arrived and more than 1,600 city workers (ERIP List.pdf) lined up on the first two days to take advantage of City Hall’s generous offer … Continue reading

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Why Is Everybody Always Picking on the Mayor?

His policies may be bankrupting the city, driving away the middle class, enriching special interests and leaving us all with nothing but poverty-level “living wage” jobs, but this is one time I’m on the mayor’s side. The LA Weekly’s Patrick … Continue reading

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