Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why Tom LaBonge Should Retire for the Good of the City He Loves

No greater love has anyone for the City of Angels than to devote most of his adult life to its public service. For that, Tom LaBonge deserves honor as LA’s ambassador to sister cities, its amateur historian and official greeter … Continue reading

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Bruno, LA’s Watchdog: Antonio’s Incredible Job Opportunity, Apply Now!

Like every bum who has every been homeless, Bruno’s got friends in low places. You know hiding in the bushes, under freeway overpasses, dark corners of parks — friends who keep their eyes and ears on alert for scraps of … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World — Pensions, Poisons, Politics and a Remembrance

San Francisco Leaders Join to Find Solutions to Public Employee Pension Crisis By Elizabeth Y. Stevens, Bay Citizen A small but powerful group of politicians, union officials and civic leaders arrived at City Hall this morning for a planned 9 … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Rule of Law?

Jill Stewart at the LA Weekly asks the right question about disclosure that the LAUSD cop faked the shooting that closed down El Camino Real High and much of Woodland Hills last week as 350 LAPD officers searched for a … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World

Gov. Brown Hangs Tough on CRAs After Meeting Antonio, Other Big City Mayors Citing a poll showing two-thirds of voters back him, Gov. Jerry Brown had this to say after hearing how the mayors can’t live without their redevelopment slush … Continue reading

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Gambling $52 million on the Grandiose Avenue Project Without Asking Any Serious Questions

It’s a shame smart guys like Eric Garcetti don’t put their brains to better use than to sell fantasies to the public on how the investment of just $52 of their money in a parking garage for the Broad Museum … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World

Editor’s Note: The City Council today put off until Feb. 9 consideration of dismantling the CRA and reorganizing it as a non-profit. Mayor Villaraigosa and other big city mayors are lobbying Gov. Brown today to drop plans to abolish all … Continue reading

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City Hall’s Failure: Hard Data on How Little They Have Done to Fix the Budget Deficit

So nearly three years into the financial crisis, it’s fair to ask what have the mayor and City Council done to solve the problem caused by wages and benefits, including pensions and lifetime health care, that account for more than … Continue reading

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Utter Contempt: No Quorum Forces Cancellation of City Council Meeting

Showing their utter contempt for the public, the nation’s highest paid city officials failed to show up for Tuesday’s City Council meeting, forcing its cancellation for lack of a quorum. Apart from more giveaways to the entertainment industry, the key … Continue reading

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Real LA News from the Virtual World

Blighted Land Meets (CRA) Sleight of Hand CD4 candidate Stephen Box, at City Watch LA, writes about Saturday’s LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils meeting at which Community Redevelopment Agency official Jim Dantona defended City Hall’s attempt to save the agency … Continue reading

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