Monthly Archives: July 2011

Great Minds: Hiltzik and Modesti Question AEG’s One-Sided Stadium Deal, McIntyre Finds the Citizen Hero Who Stopped Red-Light Cameras

By Kevin Modesti in the Daily News The debate over whether to build a $1.2 billion superstadium in downtown Los Angeles has a lot of moving parts. But they spin around one fixed assumption: That the city and one of … Continue reading

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The Man Who Saved the Rose Bowl Float — My Sunday Column for News-Press & Leader

Some people might see the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day as so 20th century — early 20th century — but not Dave Weaver. The longtime Glendale city councilman has volunteered for 18 years to work long hours … Continue reading

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Magic Johnson for Mayor: Let’s Stop Pretending

Calling the charade that passed for the City Council’s debate on AEG’s stadium deal a dog and pony show does a disservice to both canines and equines. Dogs and ponies would have howled and snorted if they found themselves part … Continue reading

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Numbers Don’t Lie People Do — The Truth About Who Profits from AEG’s NFL Stadium Deal

EDITOR’S NOTE: Quentin Fleming, author, management consultant and adjunct professor of managerial decision-making and strategic planning at USC’s Marshall School of Business, has brought his expertise to provide the first independent professional analysis of the proposed MOU and supporting documents … Continue reading

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How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo

Editor’s Note: This article by social critic Joel Kotkin, professor of urban development at Chapman University and a frequent writer on Los Angeles, was published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. It is adapted from a longer article being published in … Continue reading

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They Corrupted Reform, Beat Secession, Rejected Fair Elections — Maybe Boroughs Could Save L.A.

The one idea that keeps coming back through all the efforts to solve the fundamental political disconnect preventing L.A. from realizing its greatness is Boroughs — the diffusion of power from City Hall to the communities in a way that … Continue reading

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Lots of big questions remain about proposed AEG stadium project

EDITOR”S NOTE: Here’s the Op-Ed piece I wrote for Monday’s edition of the Daily News. Councilwoman Jan Perry — leading advocate for the stadium — is holding public hearings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall and 5:30 p.m. Thursday … Continue reading

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Taking on the narrow view of business and labor — My Sunday Column in News-Press & Leader

Business and labor, so often posturing as antagonists in a life and death struggle for power, have come solidly together in their nostalgia for the good old days when politicians were bought once and stayed bought. Ah, the good old … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Devil: LAPD Always Gets Its Man — Whether It’s the “Right Guy” or Wrong Guy

After what he called a thorough seven-week investigation, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of “documented gang member” and ex-convict Giovanni Ramirez in the brutal beating at Dodger Stadium of Giants fan Bryan Stow. “I believe we have the … Continue reading

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Karma-geddon for Rupert: Sunset on the Murdoch Empire

Rupert Murdoch fled London today with egg — or at least shaving cream — on his face after his dismal appearance before Parliament did little to stop the outcry over the phone hacking and police bribery scandal in Britain or … Continue reading

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