Monthly Archives: December 2009

2009: Turning Point in the Struggle for Democracy

My last political engagement of 2009 came on the second last day of year, breakfast with state Sen. Gloria Romero. The subject was educating our children by mandating that parents – all parents everywhere in California – have the power … Continue reading

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OurLA’s Man of the Year — Carmen Trutanich

READ WHY AT OURLA.ORG

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The Living Wage, Affordable Housing, Subsidies, Public Works and the Myth of Job Creation

In his desperation to save himself politically, the mayor has reluctantly reached out to the civic elite — people like former Mayor Richard Riordan, billionaire Eli Broad, LAEDC head Bill Allen — to create jobs, hundreds of thousands of good-paying … Continue reading

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Who Owns Our Schools — Unions or Parents?

The battle over control of public schools in LA and across California is heating up with legal, legislative and political battles on many fronts. President Obama’s “Right to the Top” initiative, sharp cuts in state funding, competition from charters, parent … Continue reading

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Reform LAUSD: Don’t Let Them Pull the Trigger on the ‘Parent Trigger’

Mayor Villaraigosa boasted today on Twitter that he’s hired a new education czar Joan Sullivan who “in 2003 raised the money to found the Bronx Academy of Letters High School, and instituted parent engagement programs…That got 80 % parent turnout … Continue reading

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The Granny Flat Gambit: Vigilance and the Struggle for Self-Governance

“A people cannot have the consciousness of being self-governing unless they attend themselves to the things over against their doors.” — Benjamin Ide Wheeler. Those immortal words of the autocratic president of the University of California 100 years ago do … Continue reading

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Your DWP: Hollow Promises, Cheap Talk, Insider Deals, Mismanagement, Secrecy, Illegalities, Lost Credibility, Waste…FAILURE!

Under the leadership of the mayor, the DWP has asserted repeatedly that it is a $4 billion-a-year business, not a municipal utility owned and accountable to the public. If so, its stock would be falling sharply and ripe for a … Continue reading

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ERIP, Final Tally: Over-Subscribed by Nearly One-Third

The deadline for applying for the city’s costly Early Retirement Incentive Program passed at 5 p.m. Wednesday with more than 3,100 workers seeking the deal limited to 2,400. Read the full story at OurLA.org — the community-based news and information … Continue reading

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LAPD and the Mishandled Millions

Warnings about how Bill Bratton’s LAPD managed the public’s money percolated out of the grimy walls of Parker Center from time to time, runaway overtime, loose spending controls, the Police Foundation slush fund, secret licensing deals. But Bratton was untouchable … Continue reading

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