Monthly Archives: December 2010

LA’s Man of the Year: Dennis Zine — Symbol of City Hall’s Deceit and Dishonor

It was a tough call with so many people to choose from whose behavior embodied the ethical vacuum of LA’s greed-is-good, public-be-damned civic and political culture. But in the year’s final days, one man stood out from the crowd. None … Continue reading

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City Hall’s Iron Curtain: Disinformation, Misinformation, No Information

One of the hallmarks of repressive and failing regimes the world over is their refusal to allow differing points of view to be heard.Los Angeles City Hall is no exception. Of all its crimes, of all the reasons for its … Continue reading

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Home for Christmas — Jeremy Marks Freed

Verdugo Hills High School student Jeremy Marks was freed late Thursday after being jailed for eight months on felony “lynching” charges on an LAUSD police officer — charges the District Attorney’s Office filed and pursued despite compelling evidence of his … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas To One and To All

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Gifts That Keep on Giving and Giving: Public Money, Public Assets, Public Policies

In his final act as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is desperately trying to sell 12 state buildings to investment bankers to cover 4 percent of the $28 billion deficit he’s leaving as his legacy. A separate last-minute deal to sell the … Continue reading

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Why the Rate Payer Advocate Won’t Fix the DWP: Government Hates Transparency, Accountability

Let this lesson on the history of inspector general watchdogs on government abuses be instructive if you think a Rate Payer Advocate is going to stop the Department of Water and Power from squandering, stealing and misusing your money. When … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: A Dark Shadow on the Moon

If you are like this star-crossed dog, you know a thing or two about omens and from what I heard around the breakfast table this morning as Saint Deb was packing up her batches of Christmas cookies for her office … Continue reading

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The Futility of Resistance When the Winds of Change Are Blowing Hard

In the 1990s, public discontent over the failures of the schools and city government became the focus of LA’s political conflicts. It manifested in South LA with people rioting in the streets over police brutality and City Hall’s neglect and … Continue reading

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A Guide to Understanding the Baffling Changes to LA’s Planning Rules

Editor’s Note: Radical changes are being made to LA’s planning rules by First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner — changes intended to simplify and expedite approval of new developments as he explained this week in an LA Business Journal article. Already, … Continue reading

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Smelling a Rat in a Hornet’s Nest: Council Plays Ball with Ron Tutor on LAX Contract

With its efforts to politicize the DWP without solving problems on hold for the moment, the City Council turned its attention to the massive construction program at LAX with questions about the integrity of its contracting practices and executive director … Continue reading

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