Monthly Archives: March 2011

Punishing the Poor, Soaking the Middle Class, Enriching the Rich — The Poverty of Our Politics

The Wall Street Journal asks the question today, “Public Unions: Is California Next? Serious Californians, on the right and the left, know how much fiscal trouble they’re in.” Calling Wisconsin‘s public union fight “the battle of the century in American … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Bill Rosendahl and the Millions of LED Lights

It was enough to make our forefathers weep… Here was the city’s political leadership, the fabulous 15 who rule over 4 million people in the entertainment capital of a world of seven billion, cheered on by the business community as … Continue reading

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Caretakers of a Greater Dream for LA

If we haven’t already reached the point of no return, we will with approval today of the skyscraper billboard passing as the new Wilshire Grand luxury hotel and the soon to be approved mega-billboard passing as an NFL stadium/Convention Center. … Continue reading

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My Sunday News-Press & Leader Column: Like it or not, change has arrived

You are the lucky ones and you probably don’t even know it. And if you do, you probably don’t appreciate it. Hard times are here for cities across California, and they are going to get harder in the years ahead. … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet? Do City Hall’s Piecemeal Solutions Solve Anything?

Let’s start with the City Council taking up the heavily-subsidized Wilshire Grand Hotel project today as a matter of urgency on a special agenda with 24 hours notice and then look at yesterday’s “landmark” deal with six city unions. They … Continue reading

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Welcome to the New LA — Lighting up Downtown

When is a giant digital billboard not a billboard? When Jan Perry says so — and the City Council agrees with her. That’s the heart of the sweetest of sweetheart deals that will allow big shot developer Jim Thomas and … Continue reading

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KCET Exclusive: SoCal Connected Exposes Rudy Montiel and the LA Public Housing Scandal

Six months in the making. KCET”s SoCal Connected reveals the truth about LA’s highest paid official, the $450,000-a-year Rudy Montiel, who was fired Monday as head of the city’s public housing agency, the Housing Authority of the City of Los … Continue reading

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A New Deal for L.A. — Road Map for an Efficient, Responsible and Solvent City Government

“If you’re not going to vote to extend taxes, you’re not going to vote to cut, you’re not going to vote to do anything to redevelopment, so, what the hell are you going to do? By the way, if you’re … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World: Mitch the Radical, Parole Breakdown, DWP Bullies

The Radicalization of Councilman-elect Englander: Power to the People,  Reform the City Charter, Throwing Officials Under Buses It’s hard to believe this is the same Mitch Englander who got elected to succeed his boss Greig Smith just a short time … Continue reading

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Half-Million-Dollar LA Housing Chief Axed — The Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons

Rudy Montiel lived like a king in Rancho Cucamonga while the poor people he was supposed to provide decent housing for often lived in squalor in substandard buildings. In his seven-year reign of the perpetually troubled Housing Authority of the … Continue reading

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