Monthly Archives: February 2012

Stripped of Power over the Budget, Parks Opens a Public Dialogue on How To Empower Neighborhoods

EDITOR’S NOTE: Long-time Neighborhood Council activist Dr. Dan Wiseman attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee under new Chairman Bernard Parks who replaced Paul Krekorian. It was the first of four regional meetings that Parks called to … Continue reading

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Impounding the LAPD: No License, Phony Insurance and ID, Not to Worry — This is LA, It’s All OK. To Hell with the Law

It took 25 years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars — from the PDID police spying scandal to the Rodney King beating to the Rampart scandal to a federal takeover –to reform the Los Angeles Police Department and restore … Continue reading

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Hackneyed Corporate Media and the Myth of Antonio the Great

Count Gary Andrew Poole of Time Magazine among the hacks like Adam Nagourney of the New York Times who mix myth with fantasy to spin a public relations narrative without truth for the benefit of the status quo at a … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? City Hall By Any Other Name Would Still Be Just as Corrupt

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written for Nina Royal’s North Valley Reporter. In days of yore, public buildings were named for the dead, people who had lived distinguished lives and deserved in some small way to be remembered and honored. … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Community Plan Update – From Bad to Worse

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former LA City Planner Dick Platkin has been closely watching the evolution of the Hollywood Community Plan (2012-2-24 CPC Determination Letter – Hollywood CPU) as it moves toward approval by the City Council and becomes the model for … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: L.A. County Government — too big not to fail, too remote to succeed

The walls of L.A. County’s Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration are so thick and shielding of public scrutiny that even the old-line Commies in charge of the Kremlin in Moscow would be envious. The city’s newspapers have assigned teams of … Continue reading

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Here’s Why You Should Never Believe an LA Politician Again

Damn it, if you can’t trust the tax man or all the current and former elected officials who put him into office, who can you trust? The LA Times on Sunday and again today exposed what a crook LA County … Continue reading

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Beck Comes Clean: Taking Cars Out of the Hands of Unlicensed Drivers “Could Increase Safety on the Roads”

UPDATE: The LA Times has put up a full version of this story online. Attaboy Charlie, we didn’t think you had it in you. In a meeting with LA Times reporters and editors on Wednesday, you are quoted as saying … Continue reading

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Antonio Villaraigosa Uncritically Observed by the NY Times

NY Times’ LA Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney uncritically reviewed the record of Antonio Villaraigosa and uncritically interviewed him for a story today headlined “Los Angeles Mayor Sets Sights on a Bigger Stage.” Here’s the only quotes from the mayor: “I’ll … Continue reading

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Reformers Speak Out: The LA Ethics Commission Must Keep Its Finger in the Dike

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article  was written by three of the most respected political reformers in Los Angeles and California:  Robert Stern, formerly the head of the Center for Government Studies; Kathay Feng,  Executive Director of California Common Cause, and Trent Lange, President … Continue reading

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