Monthly Archives: June 2010

Layoffs Yes, Layoffs No, Layoffs Maybe — What’s ‘New’ at City Council

What’s new? At the 11th hour before layoffs of a couple of hundred city employees become official on Thursday, the City Council stumbled over the question of whether any “new” information justified an emergency debate and vote whether to back … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Corruption Was Clear from Day One

It was an historic moment, July 1, 2005, the inauguration of LA’s first Hispanic mayor in 133 years and there was a throng of dignataries from Al Gore to Jesse Jackson, the current and former governors of California, mayors from … Continue reading

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Gamblers and Thieves: The City Council and the Library Tax

Like every loser at every gaming table in the world, the City Council just can’t stop placing bets against the odds no matter how much they have lost, no matter how little they have left in the bank. On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Brenda Barnette: Battleground for Another Animal Rights War — The Unanswered Questions

Would Bruno, LA’s Watchdog, be alive today if Brenda Barnette, nominated to run the embattled city Animal Services Department, had gotten her hands on him? Probably not.According to several animal rights advocates and rescue workers, Barnette — head of the … Continue reading

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If the Mayor Can’t Go to the Party (for free), Then the Party Must Come to the Mayor …

It’s party time at the Getty Mansion — the taxpayer-subsidized home to our favorite wannabe multi-millionaire mayor who yearns to be rich and not just famous. Perhaps, it’s a sign to the times that the mayor is fearful of taking … Continue reading

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Los Angeles and the ‘Good German’ Syndrome

The city cries out for leadership and all we get is a freeloader for mayor and a bunch of know-nothings for Council members who quibble about whose motion goes first and who’s more ignorant than the other.   It’s just … Continue reading

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Historic Breakthrough: Council Bans ‘Stupid, Ignorant, Uninformed’ Votes

The issue was SB 1168 — City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s effort to get legislative authority to issue subpoenas and impanel a grand jury so his office can investigate misdemeanors. Under the City Charter, the City Attorney — the city’s chief … Continue reading

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Antonio Rests His Case: AEG Told Him How to Scam the Ethics Laws

QUESTION May Mayor Hahn use his officeholder account to pay to attend the Academy Awards, GRAMMY Awards, and sporting competitions such as the NBA All-Star Game, and similar events held in the City? Jimmy Hahn was boring and unimaginative but … Continue reading

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Six More Freebies the Mayor Forgot to Mention

Report Antonio’s abuses of ethics laws in complete confidentiality to Bruno, the LA Watchdog, at bruno.la.watchdog@gmail.com. The mayor is releasing documents today intended to show his attendance at sports and entertainments events — 81 of them — without paying for … Continue reading

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Cooley Needs to Name a Ticket-Gate Special Prosecutor: Who Better than Walter Moore?

“The state rules require a public official to perform a duty on behalf of [their city]. Merely being a public official is not enough to use this exception.” — Roman Porter,  executive director, Fair Political Practices Commission, told Tibby Rothman, … Continue reading

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