Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Right to Know — The Power of Knowledge

The limits on freedom of speech are clear enough: You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater and you can’t reveal the movements of ships and troops at a time of way. The limits on the access to government information … Continue reading

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Divided and Conquered or Unified and Empowered: The Choice is Ours

EDITOR’S NOTE: Earl Ofari Hutchinson interviewed me Friday about LA Clean Sweep on his radio show on KTYM 1460AM. You can play or download the show by clicking here. LA Clean Sweep took a major step forward on Sunday with … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: MTA Can Build the Subway to the Sea, All Right, But Which Sea?

The more Bruno reads about the MTA, the more he’s convinced the Subway to the Sea might just end up at the Atlantic – if it gets built at all.   The Dog Trainer this morning had an uncharacteristically cogent … Continue reading

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The Story of Raman Raj and Brian D’Arcy: The Villains Who Wrecked the DWP

Four months into into his reign as the ninth DWP General Manager in 10 years, Austin Beutner — despite working part-time and on a temporary basis — this week quietly carried out a major reorganization of the utility in part … Continue reading

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Van de Kamp’s Coalition to Community Colleges: See You in Court

EDITOR’S NOTE: Activists in Northeast LA have been fighting for years to get the LA Community College District to deliver on its promise to build a satellite campus in the community.   One of the commitments in the LACCD bond … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Antonio We Knew and Loved?

Once upon a time in the city we all love and hate, a man named Antonio stepped forward and inspired us with promises of a better life for everyone, of a new era with a new spirit that brought us … Continue reading

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Death Blow to LA’s Middle Class

For decades, City Hall experimented with a bizarre form of municipal socialism, enriching the rich, impoverishing the poor and driving away the middle class. The 2000 census showed that white flight in the 1980s had become middle-class flight, cutting across … Continue reading

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You CAN Fight City Hall — and Win: LA Clean Sweep Will Teach You How

Next Sunday, LA Clean Sweep — the voter movement to elect a clean slate to City Council — will offer professional training to potential candidates and activists who are ready to go to work to end the cycle of failure … Continue reading

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Naked City: Dark Times in the Old Town

Grim Sleeper Suspect.Paid $300,000 from City Pension Fund and Will Get $1,658 Monthly on Death Row if Convicted Chistrine Pelisek in the LA Weekly continues her great coverage of the Grim Sleeper case, exposing suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: Send Cardenas to the Doghouse for his ‘All in the Family’ Ripoffs

The horseshoe is beginning to smell like horseshit.   Only a couple weeks ago, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon — and his wife – were indicted for voter fraud and lying about where they lived.    And since I’ve … Continue reading

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