Monthly Archives: May 2011

City Hall’s Bribery Scandal: Where Does the Buck Stop?

True to form, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has washed his hands of the bribery scandal in the Building and Safety Department, leaving General Manager Bud Ovrom dangling in the wind as the FBI expands its probe “as wide and as high … Continue reading

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‘We’re at War with Ourselves’ — My Sunday Column for News-Press & Leader

All politics is local — even wars halfway around the world in Iraq and Afghanistan. The point comes home with force as we watch our elected officials at every level grapple with a third year of massive budget deficits that … Continue reading

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No Way to Run a City: Underhanded Approval of Autry Museum Expansion Creates Uproar

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Southwest Museum Coalition has sent out an urgent request for supporters to call and email key City Council members to take jurisdiction over the Recreation and Parks Commission’s approval of renovations and expansion of the Autry Museum … Continue reading

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Jan Perry and South Central Farm: Hero or Villain, Contender for Mayor or Also-ran

Next month will mark the fifth anniversary of the bulldozing of the South Central Farm, a14-acre island of tradition, family, community and health, in the industrial core of Los Angeles. No one will be celebrating. The Farm, run largely by … Continue reading

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Covering Up Chaos and Failure at City Hall

Even Dennis Zine can get lucky and make sense once in a while but twice on the same day? It must be his ambition talking. First, as chair of the Council’s Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, the wannabe City Controller … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Exit Strategy: Countdown to Midnight June 30, 2013

With one foot in a cast and the other in the political grave, Antonio Villaraigosa hobbled into the lion’s den of San Fernando Valley unrest Monday night and offered a little song, a little dance and a lot of seltzer … Continue reading

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Gambling in Casablanca? Corruption in City Hall? Shocking, Isn’t It?

Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.” Croupier: “Your winnings, sir.” Captain Renault: “Oh, thank you very much.” Bribery, favoritism, freeloading – I’m sure we are all just as shocked and dismayed as … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column for the Glendale/Burbank News Press & Leader: Making an effort to connect

Nobody was ever delusional enough to think Arnold Schwarzenegger was some kind of saint, but the disclosure of his love child with his housekeeper and how she remained part of the family household for a decade shatters what little was … Continue reading

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Advertisements for Myself: Guest Commentary on NBC’s ‘The Filter with Fred Roggin’

The Filter with Fred Roggin, NBC’s innovative news and commentary show is back on the air as part of the network’s statewide programming on its digital channels. I’ve been a regular guest on The Filter since its inception nearly two … Continue reading

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City’s Hall Credibility Gap: Putting a Smiley Face on Hurting Workers, Residents and Businesses

. We are not all on the same page in reading the narrative of the state of the City of Los Angeles. We’re not even reading the same book; the gap between the storyline offered by the city’s leadership is … Continue reading

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