Monthly Archives: June 2011

Money Talks — That’s Why Politicians Never Say Anything Real

You know you’re important when you get emails from President Obama himself that start “Dear Ron” and his re-election campaign manager sends you a personal reminder that midnight tonight is your last chance to contribute a measly five bucks to … Continue reading

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They Said It Couldn’t Be Done But Olvera Street Merchants Did It — They Fought City Hall and Won

On Friday, the cold face and iron fist of authority came before the City Council to declare time had run out, there would be no more talk, the merchants of Olvera Street would sign on the dotted line and pay … Continue reading

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AEG’s NFL Stadium: What’s In It For You and Me?

“Los Angeles has lost something. It no longer fields the kind of seasoned political leadership that inspires confidence. That’s a loss far greater than a football team.” The ink was hardly dry on those words of LA Times columnist Jim … Continue reading

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Advertisements for Myself: Radio, TV and Newspapers

Here’s my Sunday column for the Glendale-Burbank News-Press & Leader, followed by links to appearances on NBC’s “The Filter with Fred Roggin” and on Kevin James’ show on KRLA 870: The Political System Only Serves Itself Drive down any main … Continue reading

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Olvera Street — The Movie: When the Public Story Is Not the Real Story

There’s a reason I go to all the trouble of interviewing people, googling deep into what’s published, culling public records and trying to make sense out of what the hell is going on in this city. It’s for love, not … Continue reading

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The Birth and Death of L.A. — City Hall’s Ultimatum to the Merchants of Olvera Street

It seems fitting somehow that at least one of the death blows to the City of Los Angeles should be struck where it was born — at El Peublo on Olvera Street, a short walk from City Hall. During the … Continue reading

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The White Elephant That Bleeds the City Treasury Dry — LA Convention Center and Its Bloated Payroll

Editor’s Note: City Hall wants to tear down half the LA Convention Center, borrow $350 million on top of the $450 million already owed on it and then turn over its operation to AEG to profit from an entertainment complex … Continue reading

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Fishin’ with Wesson: Forget Good Government, Next Council President Knows How to Have Fun

Herb Wesson is a charming guy with a great sense of humor who loves kids and trout fishing — why he even did a show on propaganda Channel 35 for kids called “Fishin’ with Wesson.” But when it comes to … Continue reading

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The Naked Truth: In Politics, You Get What You Pay For So Look at Who’s Paying

The truth hurts so get out your Vicodin or whatever you take to ease the pain and face the political reality of our time: Thanks to 10 times as much in political contributions anti-ethanol interests, the U.S. Senate last week … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Democrats Cannibalize Each Other — Chiang Halts Pay to Legislators over Phony Budget

EDITOR’S NOTE: Legislative reaction was fierce to Controller John Chiang’s decision to cut off their $400 per day pay as captured by the Sacramento Bee. Herer’s what my representative, the head of the budget committee, had to say: Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, … Continue reading

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