Monthly Archives: July 2010

An Offer Even City Unions Can’t Refuse — Or Can They?

The City Council, faced with stiff union opposition, reluctantly takes up the issue Tuesday of outsourcing bill collection for ambulance services — contracts that could net the city tens of millions of dollars a year. The unions oppose this although … Continue reading

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Naked City: Two Things That Are Wrong at City Hall

Oops, There Goes Another $1.3 Million Thanks to DWP’s Bungling and Indifference to the Public The State Court of Appeals flat-out rejected the specious arguments put forth by the DWP in a case involving a $1.3 million jury award to … Continue reading

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Paying the Price for Antonio’s Mistakes — The Mayor’s Damage Control Operation

Not long before he was whacked for betrayal  while saying Hail Marys in a boat on Lake Tahoe, Fredo Corleone complained to his brother Michael about the way he was treated.“I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over … Continue reading

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Jimmy Blackman’s Farewell Message: ‘An Honor to Have Served’

Mayoral Villarigosa’s long-time aide and most loyal supporter, Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman sent out this email blast Friday afternoon after announcing he was resigning. In a statement and email he told the LA Times:  “I will always remain … Continue reading

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Department of No Comment: Central City Assn. Loves LoGrande

The Central City Association that boasts with justification that it has “L.A.’s most powerful rolodex” loves the appointment of Michael LoGrande as City Planning Director. Here’s what the CCA email newsletter has to say about it: At the invitation of … Continue reading

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Who Is Michael LoGrande? Insights of a Planning Expert Who Supervised Him

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s nomination of Michael LoGrande, chief zoning administrator, to succeed tGail Goldberg as Director of the L.A. Department of City Planning won praise from pro-development interests and condemnation from many planning experts There was no nation search or … Continue reading

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Unions at War with City Hall and Each Other — A Scenario for Strikes

For the last two years, all we’ve seen and heard from our City Council is tears and pleas to save the jobs of city workers or at the least to shelter them from losses caused by a government that costs … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: The Best Gourmet Food and Politicians Money Can Buy

It wasn’t that long ago that Bruno declared Janice Hahn the dumbest person on the Los Angeles City Council for a stupid stunt she pulled using her city website to promote her campaign for lieutenant governor.Now she’s up to something … Continue reading

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Michael LoGrande, Planning Director — Hold Him to His Words or Pay the Price

Los Angeles — the city of sprawl and no planning or bad planning — long ago became a city of limits, a city that had filled its vast open spaces with homes, businesses and factories and wore out its infranstructure. … Continue reading

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An NFL Stadium Downtown? What a Riot!

By Jonathan Wilcox, guest columnist Randy Newman may still be singing “I love L.A.”, but these days he might be in smaller company than ever..With the unemployment rate t nearly 14 12 percent and budget deficits the soar past $1 … Continue reading

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