Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Future of LA Is in Our Hands — No Excuses for Failing to Vote for Reform of City Hall

In 2007, Wendy Greuel, Tom LaBonge, Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson and Greig Smith all ran unopposed in the March City Council primary — proof positive of the electorate’s hopelessness, defeatism and apathy. Only 7 to 13 percent of registered voters … Continue reading

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Sunday Column News-Press Leader: Cleaning Up the Burbank Police Department

Unless you have gone through the grueling training and taken the oath to uphold the law, you can never know what it’s like to carry a gun and be licensed to shoot to kill. That’s why cops are different from … Continue reading

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Billions to Spend: Waste throws wrench into Los Angeles community colleges’ massive project

Poor planning, frivolous spending and shoddy work dog the sprawling system’s bond-financed construction program Those are the headlines online on Part One of the LA Times powerful week-long investigate series by reporters Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland who examined what … Continue reading

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LaBonge Must Go — Box and O’Grady Will Do Better for CD4 and the City

It’s time for Tom LaBonge to get out of the way and move on to something he is qualified to do — Sister Cities ambassador, LA’s official greeter — and make room a City Council member in District 4. This … Continue reading

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Coming Sunday: LA Times Blockbuster Series on Community College $6 Billion Bonds Scandal

Miki Jackson, Van de Kamps CoalitionA Los Angeles Times series on bond use and waste in the LA Community Colleges may go up on the Times website as soon as tonight.“We are told they are worried sick about what these … Continue reading

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1601 N. Vine: A Bill of Indictment for Fraud Against the People

On Wednesday, Herb Wesson’s City Council Committee approved the city’s gift of $4.7 million to developer Hal Katersky and his Pacifica Ventures company to build an office building at 1601 N. Vine St. in Hollywood, ignoring specific allegations of fraud … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World: Pensions and People Power

The Pension Haves and the Have-Nots By George Skelton, LA Times Except for the super-rich, our financial well-being has become chillingly shaky in the global economy and downright scary during the great recession. There’s cheap labor overseas and job-killing technology … Continue reading

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Fraud or Mistakes? 1601 N. Vine Office Project Goes Forward — Again

In a 90-minute hearing on the 1601 N. Vine St. office project, a City Council committee on Wednesday exonerated controversial developer Hal Katersky and blamed the Community Redevelopment Agency for the project’s “troubling” history. With Alarcon walking out before the … Continue reading

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Every Vote Counts: Volunteer to Help Elect Council Candidates Who Will Serve You

City Hall will stop at nothing to protect and preserve a political system of privileged insiders that has failed the city’s four million residents and its business community. Nearly three years into a financial crisis caused by years of over-spending, … Continue reading

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Busting the ‘Armenian Power’ Crime Syndicate — What It Means to the Community

My Sunday column for the Glendale-Burbank News-Press LeaderFighting the ‘Power’ They are a people who have long endured repression and reigns of terror across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Even here, in the Promised Land where so many Armenians … Continue reading

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