Monthly Archives: October 2010

Antonio’s Pale Green Record: Why a Million Trees Don’t Grow In L.A.

“Each tree planted needs water and care for its entire life. It’s worth the work. Over its lifetime, that tree will pay you back in lower energy bills, higher property values, cleaner air and water. “ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, May … Continue reading

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Trutanich Calls for Reform of Neighborhood Council Elections

While the CIty Council ran circles around Jose Huizar’s “Voter Bill of Rights” on Friday, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was proposing how to reform the Neighborhood Council election process to give the system more legitimacy. With the deadline for action … Continue reading

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Naked City: Another DWP Scandal, Gatto’s Gutless Play

Your DWP at Work: They Drink, Go to Sex Clubs and Steal Your Money Shocked and amazed — that’s the official position of the Department of Water and Power over revelations that its employees are accused of running a six-year, … Continue reading

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Wanted: A Thousand Citizen Watchdogs

The mayor’s only claim to fame is the sharp reduction in gang crime that has occurred under his watch, an achievement attained by ceding the turf of the city’s poorest areas, throwing tens of millions of dollars at the problem … Continue reading

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Read This and Weep: They Fiddled While You Got Burned Economically

At 8:30 a.m. today at its annual Access City Hall program in the City Council Chambers, the LA Chamber of Commerce will release a comprehensive “Jobs Report” on the state of the city’s economy with a district by district breakdown. … Continue reading

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In City Hall’s Animal Farm, One Pig Is More Equal Than All the Others

It was a thing of beauty watching the City Council cower and weasel in the face of union bully Brian D’Arcy and a room filled with his IBEW Local 18.  At issue was whether new hires by the Department of … Continue reading

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Three Questions for the City Council — Will They Deign to Answer?

!. Do you support or oppose the giveaway of more than $4 million in the public’s money for the questionable office project by a questionable developer at 1601 N. Vine St. in Hollywood? 2. Do you support or oppose the … Continue reading

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Business Leaders Confront City Hall

L.A. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS ON MAYOR, CITY LEADERS TO ‘PUT L.A. BACK TO WORK’ AT ACCESS CITY HALL That’s the headline on Chamber’s final call for you to register for Wednesday’s Access City Hall event in City Council Chambers. … Continue reading

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Fires of Public Discontent Are Fueling Demands for True Reform of City Hall

Crime and punishment in L.A. all too often means the victims get punished and the criminals get rich. That’s the experience of thousands of people in every part of the city and the fires of their discontent are blazing so … Continue reading

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Gadflies vs. LA: Dowd and Zuma Dogg Beat the City in Federal Court

You can laugh all you want at Matt Dowd and Zuma Dogg, otherwise known as David Saltsburg. You can look down your nose at them. You can let them get under your skin and be annoyed by them. But for … Continue reading

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