Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Meg and Jerry Show: Laughs, Smiles and an Empty Debate

The No. 1 election reform I want to see, the one that will really bring voters to the polls, is a box below the candidates names that says: NONE OF THE ABOVE. If NONE OF THE ABOVE gets the most … Continue reading

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Piecemeal Reform Won’t Fix City Hall — Just More Crumbs from the Table of Power

Maybe, the one election reform we need is to make our officials run every year to remind them their jobs are public service, not self service or worse service to special interests. Just look at what Meg Whitman has done … Continue reading

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No Sympathy for the Devil: Mayor’s Pal Ari Swiller Snookered DWP But Country Folk Fight Him

Even the best laid plans of heavyweight City Hall insiders like Ira Swiller can sometimes go awry. Swiller — a green energy profiteer who parlayed his connections to billionaire Ron Burkle, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and two-time DWP General Manager David … Continue reading

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Downtown Art Walk Cancelled — Cops Doing Their Jobs Cost Extra

You gotta love LA — even when you hate it. Where else on the face of the Earth do you have to pay extra just to have a few cops walking around with people having a good time like they … Continue reading

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First Interview: How Faith Sustained Richard Fine in Jail

Two days after crusading attorney Richard I. Fine’s 18-month ordeal in LA County Jail ended, Leslie Dutton and T.J. Johnson of the Full Disclosure Network sat down with him for three hours in the living room of his Tarzana home … Continue reading

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Clean Sweep Presents LA’s First All-City Council Candidate Forum: Sat. 1 to 4 p.m.

New Leadership and a New Vision for a Greater Los Angeles September 23, 2010 Friends and fellow Angelenos, This is a reminder that this weekend the L.A. Clean Sweep Committee and local activists will sponsor the first ever citywide 2011 … Continue reading

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Beutner’s Folly: The CRA’s Unlimited Authority to Squander Tax Money Anywhere in LA on Anything

TAKE ACTION: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol Building, Sacramento CA 95814 Phone: 916-445-2841 Fax: 916-558-3160 http://gov.ca.gov/interact#contact Please Arnold, veto Felipe Fuentes’ audacious bill AB 2531. Don’t join the conspiracy to destroy LA in order to save it. Don’t allow the … Continue reading

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CRA UPDATE: How Sweet It Is for Chris Essel — A Real “Bell” Ringer

In the wonderful world of City Hall’s corruption, the insiders win even when they lose. Take the case of Chris Essel, the secretary at Paramount Pictures who became the company’s lobbyist and head of the Central City Association which qualified … Continue reading

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The CRA Scandal: A Worst-Case Scenario That Demands an Investigation

For the seventh time in two months, the City Council on Tuesday put of public debate on an outrageous giveaway of $4.6 million in public money to developer Hal Katersky, best known for lawsuits, bankruptcies and profiteering from runaway film … Continue reading

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Judge Yaffe Explains Why He Freed Richard Fine after 18 Months of Coercive Confinement

It was a bizarre and unexpected end to a bizarre story — the Yom Kippur release of anti-tax crusader Richard Fine from County Jail where he was locked up pointlessly for coercive confinement for 18 months. Judge David Yaffe backed … Continue reading

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