Monthly Archives: May 2010

Prisoner of Conscience: Richard I. Fine

I wasn’t prepared for what I encountered when I met Richard I. Fine for the first time. Here was a distinguished and brilliant 70-year-old attorney who was disbarred and locked up in the LA County Men’s Central Jail downtown 15 … Continue reading

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County Supervisors Slam Door on Public at Secret Board Meetings in Nation’s Capital

EDITOR’S NOTE: When all five members of the LA County Board of Supervisors went to Washington, D.C., on May 5 and 6 to lobby the local Congressional Delegation it posted a “PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS.” Government watchdog Leslie Dutton of … Continue reading

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Antonio the Scofflaw: Freebies, Gifts and Favors — It’s All Part of the Job

The Attorney General of the State of California and the District Attorney of the County of Los Angeles both want your votes June 8 to move them forward on the road to higher service, to greater opportunity for public service. … Continue reading

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Clueless at City Hall: Beutner Sees DWP, Economic Development as Just Another Private Deal

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first published in the North Valley Reporter. For better or worse, the fate of Los Angeles is in the hands of Austin Beutner, a Wall Street wizard who made his fortune taking over distressed companies … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: Envying Antonio’s Freebie Lakers Seats

Where the hell is Stevie Kaufman when you really need him?As Ron reported a couple days ago, Stevie, an attorney who specializes in campaign and fund-raising law, represents just about every Democratic politician from San Diego to Sacramento – including … Continue reading

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Thanks, Nuch — Appeals Court Upholds LA’s Supergraphic and Freeway-Facing Sign Bans

A year ago, LA was in the unpleasant position of having opened the floodgates to digital billboards, supergraphics and freeway-facing signs. There were 11,000 off-site billboards, more than a third illegal, and visual blight from signage was everywhere — the … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: Why Can’t Anybody Get Along with the DWP?

It looks like the lack of green power at Harbor College is a result of a lack of brainpower. Thanks to the Daily Breeze’s Melissa Pamer for the kind of story this old dog likes to chew onm we learned … Continue reading

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Why Are These People Laughing at Alarcon’s Political Hypocrisy?

What sane person could oppose Proposition 15 — the pilot project for clean money campaigns for Secretary of State candidates in 2014 and 2018? What kind of scoundrel would use the debate over such a small step toward ending political … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Great Ripoff: 1,000 New DWP/IBEW Jobs, College Bond Misuse, Community Betrayal

“Fuk em” That was the immortal email response from LA Community College District Chancellor Mark Drummond 13 months ago when Assemblyman Kevin de Leon raised questions on behalf of the Northeast LA community about betraying the commitment to build a … Continue reading

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City Hall Money Games: How Personal Slush Funds Work, Officeholder Accounts

Poor Wendy Greuel, she’s down to the last few hundred bucks in her officeholder account and needs your help to pay some personal office expenses, phone bills and mostly her lawyer-treasurer Stephen Kaufman — the man who connects the dots … Continue reading

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