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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
street and it is hard not to notice all the empty shops, the “Going Out Of
Business” and “For Lease” signs, the proliferation of 99-cent and dollar

Book stores and record shops have largely disappeared. Major electronics
retailers like Circuit City are long-gone, Fry’s greets customers with leaflets
declaring they’ll match any Internet price and now Best Buy plans to wall off a
quarter of its giant stores and rent the rest of the space to grocers, beauty
suppliers — anybody with a buck.


Is it any wonder
retailers are struggling?

Competing for precious tax dollars, cities have green-lighted just about every
type of shopping center project for years, over-building — much to the dismay
of small, local shopkeepers — as mammoth national chains take an ever greater
share of the market.

Even the chains now are being hit hard by the impact of the boom in online,
mostly tax-free business. Amazon and eBay may be the giants, but there are
hundreds, thousands of other websites offering free shipping, no sales tax and
low prices because they don’t carry the cost of stores and sales help.


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NBC’s “The Filter with Fred Roggin is back on the air at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights on Time Warner Channel 225 as part of the network’s experimental statewide news programming. 
Last Friday, the topics for discussion at the opening of the show were the death penalty, drunk driving and public employee salaries with Burbank Internet talk show host Jose Hernandez and me as the debaters.


KRLA 870 talk show host Kevin James and I held our weekly chat, 

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about city politics, touching on a variety of issues and people including Janice Hahn, Herb Wesson and Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

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4 Responses to Advertisements for Myself: Radio, TV and Newspapers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just finished reading an article “Glendale’s Boons become busts as Businesses depart” in the LA Business Journal. Despite being pro-business, businesses are leaving for LA downtown for reasons other than taxes. A lesson for our dumb Mayor that incentives will entice someone for the short lease but businesses make decisions based on several factors. What is clear in the story is that there is over 23% vacancy rate in Glendale due to overbuilding. Once again a lesson to be learned by our Mayor & Council that you can’t build yourself out of a recession. Businesses just keep moving around from one empty building to another.

  2. Hank says:

    So Roggin is on Warner Cable – of what good is that information to us who live in the Cox Cable area? Or those who use an antenna to pick up over-the-air broadcast of channel 4.2 in the LA area. Oh well, Ron can’t get out of the San Fernando Valley to learn what the rest of us Angelenos are doing. He’s still focused on the March 8th election. (Will somebody please tell him that has come and gone.) My calendar here in San Pedro indicates that it’s now late June and there’s a very important election coming up in just two weeks to determine if Janice Hahn is going to Congress, or whether’s there are enough people who really care about this part of the world and who will vote for Huey. But not a word from Ron, he’s still stuck in the San Fernando Valley. Ron… Ron… are you there?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hank, What have you done for anyone else lately. Or even for yourself besides
    rudity. I bet you feel really BIG now. Guess you told a real man called Ron where to get off. Feel good??????
    Shame on you. Things I do do know about you, you can read, have a pc and are polirtical.

  4. Tired of Corrupt politics says:

    Ron, I saw your interview with Leslie Dutton on Full Disclosure. You are the bomb. We need more people like you. Exactly what you talked about is happening in the next District Attorney election. You have Steve Cooley backing three candidates who have all said they will get out of the race if he gets back in. Cooley has picked three demographics to stage the field for him. The African American female – Jackie Lacey, the hispanic openly homosexual candidate – Mario Trujillo, and the good old white guy – Alan Jackson. He has engaged in all sorts of corruption (cudhay), looked the other way when his friends are corrupt (James Adams) and now is trying to control the next DAs election. Steve Cooley epitomizes what corruption in politics is all about. And the three candidates are exactly what you are talking about. They are all waiting their turn and willing to be part of the corruption to make their way to the top. It is so disgusting!!! Love you Ron Kaye.

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