Monthly Archives: April 2011

My Sunday News-Press & Leader Column: Helping those who need it most

In the dark of night, they hide in alleys and parks, in places no one comes, not even the cops. They are the invisible people who live on our streets. Even in the daylight when they wander down the sidewalk … Continue reading

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How They Wrecked Rec and Parks: Stealing $43 Million from Kids to Mask Their Bungling

Antonio Villaraigosa, with the full support of the City Council, introduced the revolutionary notion into city government that requires anybody who has any money to pay for all the services that their taxes had paid for all along. Remember how … Continue reading

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W(Rec)k and Parks, The Movie: Starring Barry “Commercial Signs Aren’t Advertising” Sanders

Rec and Parks Commission President Barry Sanders insisted to the City Council’s Budget Committee Thursday that plastering every surface in city parks with commercial messages isn’t advertising — it’s “recognition” that they love LA so  much they want to donate … Continue reading

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W(Rec)k and Parks: Destroying LA in Order to Save It

The news out of Washington Thursday was that federal officials want to impose tough rules on advertising cereal, soda pop, snacks, happy meals and other foods to children because of the epidemic of childhood obesity. Cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, … Continue reading

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D.J. Waldie’s Home Run Shot: On McCourt, Zell and the Selling of LA

Few writers about Los Angeles have the knowledge, clarity of consciousness and eloquence as D.J. Waldie. In this article headlined “The Foster City” at Zocalo Public Square cuts through the fog around Frank McCourt, Sam Zell and much of the … Continue reading

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The Tyrants’ Response to Rebellion at City Hall

So much for all that talk about the City Hall family. Like tyrannical bosses the world over, the mayor and City Council reacted to the vote of “no confidence” by 43 percent of the civilian workers by taking immediate steps … Continue reading

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Fixing LA’s Parking Problems on Paper — Not in the Real World

EDITOR’S NOTE: The city’s proposed Modified Parking Requirement District (CPC-2007-2216-CA), has stirred widespread controversy for its possible negative impact on residents in many communities. The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at … Continue reading

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City Labor Deal UPDATED: 43 % Reject Deal

City Council President Eric Garcetti reported today that 5 of the 19 units of the Coalition of City Unions — 43 percent of the workers — rejected the deal requiring them to pay a portion of their health care for … Continue reading

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LA’s Rite of Spring: Hiding the Budget Deficit

Every spring for the last three years, the City Council’s Budget Committee has taken up the mayor’s spending plan for the next fiscal year amid warnings that drastic actions need to be taken or next year will be worse. It’s … Continue reading

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Real L.A. News from the Virtual World: Union Concessions, Antonio’s Ethics, DWP Foot-dragging

Tough Call for City Workers: Pay a Little Now to Get a Lot Later Today is the final day for most of the city’s civilian work force, members of the City Coalition of Unions, to decide whether to pay 4 … Continue reading

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