Monthly Archives: January 2010

LA’s Moment of Truth: Ruin or Resurrection?

City unions say they gave back in June, they gave more in September and they’re not going to give back any more. Neighborhood Council members say they too gave back and they have a right under the City Charter and … Continue reading

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The (Self) Betrayal of Antonio Villaraigosa

I don’t know if Antonio Villaraigosa is a liar, or even a crook — though I’ve got my suspicions about some of his cronies. But I do know he has a hard time taking responsibility for his actions, living up … Continue reading

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Words That Come Back to Haunt Antonio

EDITOR’S NOTE LA was already in serious financial trouble last April when the mayor delivered his State of City Speech. It’s nine months later and the situation is worse. You be the judge of whether he delivered on what he … Continue reading

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Loyalty Counts to Bill Bratton: Just Ask Jack Weiss and Michael Berkow

This one calls for a drum roll or two. Jack Weiss, the ex-Councilman drummed out of office for doing such a poor job, and former Deputy LAPD Chief Michael Berkow, drummed out of town for his philandering ways, have landed … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: City Hall Needs the Dog Whisperer More Than It Needs a Jobs Czar

He’s no Austin Powers. LA’s new job czar Austin Beutner sat down with LA’s old column czar Steve Lopez of the Dog Trainer recently to reveal how he was going to reverse the city’s downward economic spiral with all the … Continue reading

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50 Reasons LA Is Bankrupt — Here’s One of Them

If you want to know why people have lost confidence in City Hall, here’s one of the reasons: Outrageous misconduct by city employees and officials that cost taxpayers millions of dollars with little or no accountability for those responsible. Take … Continue reading

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City Union Leader’s View of What Went Wrong

By Charley MimsSEIU Local 347 Trustee, City Chief Construction Inspector, Griffith Park NC leader(Originally posted today in comments) There is so much misunderstanding and so much misleading and false information listed in the Blog article and in the mostly anonymous … Continue reading

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B(ankruptcy)-Day at City Hall: Too Little, Too Late

What should have been done a year ago, or two years ago, or five years ago, is finally going to happen today at City Hall — and all of it behind closed doors. Public excluded. First, the Mayor and City … Continue reading

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Compounding a Felony: Antonio’s ERIP Caused Chaos and Now His Layoff Plan Is Worse

The word is leaking out of City Hall from all directions: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is moving swiftly to get rid of 1,000 or more of the youngest and lowest-paid city workers without a strategic plan to preserve services or get … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Council Leaders Offer Budget Solutions, Call for Dialogue to Avoid Bankruptcy

Neighborhood Council leaders will hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Monday outside the Braude Center at Van Nuys City Hall to offer solutions to LA’s budget crisis and call for full community involvement. At 6 p.m., the City Council … Continue reading

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