Monthly Archives: January 2012

Crazy Days in LA: The Transportation Gap — Sidewalks and Streets, Subways and Bullet Trains

Several years ago, city workers descended onto my tract and cut ramps for wheelchairs at every corner, which seemed insane since broken and uneven sidewalks posed a safety hazard even to walkers. To this day, wheelchair users prefer to risk … Continue reading

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Race, Ethnicity, Class and Hipness — How (NOT) to Draw City Council Districts

EDITOR’S NOTE: Anger over City Hall’s puppet Redistricting Commission’s draft maps has inflamed long-simmering resentments all over town over how communities of interest have been ignored deliberately as part of the political machine’s divide-and-conquer strategy. On Saturday, about 50 residents … Continue reading

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A community of scale — and how ordinary people changed something for the better

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column started out as a look at Bob Hope Airport’s troubles but I found they were nothing compared to how this important community asset had become a pretty good citizen since ordinary citizens rose up in protest … Continue reading

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A Grassroots Call for Honest City Council Districts

Editor’s Note: Is it any wonder that residents of Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga and other areas of the far Northeast San Fernando Valley are up in arms over the draft redistricting maps? Would you want to be represented by Richard … Continue reading

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The Shame of Sham Redistricting and the Perpetuation of City Hall’s Failure

Not one to pull her punches or knees to the groin, LA Weekly’s Simone Wilson calls LA’s Redistricting Commission “an embarrassing who’s-who of career City Hall puppets … To say the 2012 redistricting commissioners are cloaked in this culture of … Continue reading

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Google Gobbledygook: Living in a Fishbowl and Knowing the Price of Liberty Is Eternal Vigilance

Search the Internet for Google Privacy Policy and you will get 980,000,000 million hits in 0.11 seconds, roughly one billion in one-tenth of a second — the number will balloon faster than Google revenue in the coming month as the … Continue reading

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The State of the Union Speech You’ll Never Hear

My Fellow Americans: It is time we come clean about where we are and where we are going.  I can no longer keep up the pretense that everything is going to be alright just like that by snapping our fingers. … Continue reading

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Barnyard Politics, Musical Chairs and Apathy

Chatting with the Downtown News’ Jon Regardie before his Town Hall L.A. speech last week, mayoral candidate Austin Beutner blamed the failure of City Hall on “incumbency and not the incumbent,” observing that politics had become a lifestyle, a career … Continue reading

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Unraveling the redevelopment mess — My Sunday Column for Glendale, Burbank & Pasadena

Sooner or later, the bills come due in all our lives – even in the lives of government agencies. Just ask the people who bought a house they couldn’t afford or city officials who got addicted over the years to … Continue reading

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Beutner Thumbs His Nose at Stench from City Hall

Smart, experienced, rich but self-effacing and very humorous — poor Austin Beutner still can’t get no respect from the MSM, the MainStreamMedia.  His speech Thursday launching Town Hall L.A.’s program for mayoral candidates outlined how he would get “Los Angeles … Continue reading

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