Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Hubris of Tim Leiweke: Shameless Greed, Foolish Pride and Unbearable Arrogance

Don’t mess with Mike Antonovich – he’s the closest thing to an untouchable politician in these parts since Kenny Hahn. Nothing sticks to him. Many who tried to set a fire at his feet can tell you now they ended … Continue reading

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — AEG’s Jobs Myth and the Environmental Impact Report Exemption

One of the most amazing things about the depths of corruption of our politicians is how cheaply they sell out the public interest. Take the case of anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-tax Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz – the wildcatting oil and gas … Continue reading

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Down the path to mutual destruction — Sunday Column for News-Press & Leader

When the queen of upbeat soulful talk and self-empowerment gets the blues about the state of the world, you know something is wrong, really wrong. “The world is a mess. We all know it and talk about in our private … Continue reading

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One More Lie from AEG, One Less LA Convention

AEG’s TIm Leiweke has good reason for pulling out all stops to block anyone from suing over his NFL stadium plan in downtown LA — lies aren’t perjury if you didn’t swear on a stack of Bibles in court to … Continue reading

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LA’s Perpetual Gerrymander and the Preservation of Political Failure

Gerrymander: 1812, Gerry + (sala)mander. Elbridge Gerry, governor of Massachusetts, was lampooned when his party redistricted the state in a blatant bid to preserve an Anti-federalist majority. One Essex County district resembled a salamander, and a newspaper editor dubbed it Gerrymander.  It was 1992 … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Twice Fired DWP Exec Raman Raj Claims Disability, Getting Full $264,000 Salary Six Months Later

It started a little over a month ago with a tip that came from inside the Department of Water and Power: Raman Raj is still on DWP payroll. It was hard to believe. Raj was summarily fired as chief operating … Continue reading

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Zine’s Artless and Shameless Self-Promotion

For a dumb traffic cop Dennis Zine has proven himself to be one smart politician. Totally amoral and without a conscience, Zine will say and do just about anything to attract attention to himself and posture as a noble public … Continue reading

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Anthony Portantino: From Obscurity to the Spotlight, a Politician Doing What’s Right

Sipping iced coffee in the Black Cow Café in Montrose on Friday with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, I found myself suspending my disbelief, putting aside my deep cynicism as a newspaperman and feeling like I was in the company of a … Continue reading

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Why We Fight: Join the Coast to Coast Movement to Restore Democracy to Our Cities, State, Nation

“The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to … Continue reading

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If Firefighter Boss Pat McOsker Can Buy a City Council Seat, Why Not AEG’s Tim Leiweke?

It’s not just the Mayor, City Attorney, Controller and City Council that are the nation’s highest elected city officials — count LA’s firefighters as America’s richest averaging $126,258 a year each. That’s what Bloomberg News’ Christopher Palmeri and Rodney Yap discovered … Continue reading

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