Monthly Archives: December 2011

HACLA UPDATE: How Do You Spell Whitewash?

Thanks to KCET’s SoCal Connected’s outstanding continuing coverage of the Housing Authority scandal, we now learn that top staff have taken home bonuses totaling more than half a million dollars in the last two years with some like Chief Operating … Continue reading

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The CRA Is Dead: Bonanza for Schools, Police, Fire, Cities and Counties

The Wicked Witch of Community Redevelopment Agencies is dead.  Thursday’s ruling bythe State Supreme Court is a huge victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, for schools, hospitals and other vital services but the absolute worst thing that could happen to the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds Abolition of CRAs, Strikes Down Law Partially Reviving Them

Here’s the link to the California Supreme Court ruling on Community Redevelopment Agency legislation and the key paragraphs with the substance of the ruling just released: “Assembly Bill 1X 26, the dissolution measure, is a proper exercise of the  legislative … Continue reading

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D-Day for CRAs: Court to Rule Thursday

The California Supreme Court will rule Thursday on the legality of the state’s move to grab $1.7 billion in redevelopment money to help close California’s budget shortfall, according to the San Jose Mercury-News. The state’s high court indicated on its … Continue reading

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To Truly Occupy L.A. — Power Is the Issue, Unity Is the Way

Mubarak, Gaddafi, Assad – they should all have taken lessons from Los Angeles on how to suppress an uprising driven by young people against the failure of oppressive regimes. In just the few weeks since the Occupy L.A. protesters were … Continue reading

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$3 Million for the Occupy LA Encampment: ‘Who’s Going to Pay for This?’

As silent as the sound of one hand clapping on the subject since the Occupy L.A.evictions from City Hall, Ex-President of the Council Eric Garcetti — the wannabe high priest in what he calls “this Temple of Democracy” — wants … Continue reading

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The Happiest Days of the Year: Enjoy!

(My Sunday column for the News-Press & Leader and Pasadena Sun) The Spirit of the Christmas Tree Man  When the freak windstorm was knocking down power lines and toppling giant trees on roofs and cars, Scotty Sorensen was pounding 42-inch … Continue reading

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Let the Public Be Damned: Privatizing the Historic Coliseum for USC’s Benefit

It is hard to believe it was almost four years ago that the Coliseum Commission — guilty of long-term mismanagement but not yet touched by one ugly scandal after another — proudly announced it had “signed a deal that will … Continue reading

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LA Times Gets Tough and Exposes the Bumbling Incompetence of CD 15 Runoff Candidates

Breaking with its tradition of ducking the real issues, the LA Times Editorial Board dared to push Council District 15 runoff candidates Joe Buscaino and Warren Furutani for solutions to the city’s budget crisis, asking them: “What would you do … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Charlie: Murders Are Up, Cop Attacks Are Up, the Politicians Own Him

Charlie Beck fits the bill of what this mayor looks for in a top manager: Speed and obedience to the will of corrupt politicians like himself and his colleagues in other city offices. What makes it so difficult for Beck … Continue reading

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