Monthly Archives: March 2012

Here comes the IBEW to pick your pockets: D’Arcy’s Glendale Power Play — My Sunday Column

Hold on to your wallets, good folks of Glendale, union boss Brian D’Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 wants to pick your pockets. If you think the piddling water rate hikes of 12% spread out over … Continue reading

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Everywhere You Look Poor ‘Nuch’ Gets the ‘Liar’ Label

News websites can be very unfair — or more judgmental than they intentionally mean to be — as shown in how the LA Times editorial Friday benignly asking where the six District Attorney candidates stand on juvenile prosecutions with these … Continue reading

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Is Wendy Greuel Tough Enough to Be Mayor? Are Even Laura Chick’s Shoes Too Big for Her to Fill?

The more things change, the more they stay the same — wannabe mayor Wendy Greuel released an audit Thursday on the lack of controls on fuel use for city cars that is little more than a rewrite of then Controller … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Skyscraper Vision: ‘We are going to remake what the city looks like.’

Adam Nagourney, the New York Times correspondent who doubles as a presumably unpaid P.R. promoter for City Hall, has struck again. This time he is puffing the mayor’s Hollywood Community Plan intended to be the launching pad to turn much … Continue reading

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Ron Tutor: The Lawsuits, the Losses and Private Struggles of the Man Behind Miramax

Long one of LA’s biggest spending and most controversial power players, construction mogul Ron Tutor finally gets the coverage he deserves in a revealing profile by writer Daniel Miller in the Hollywood Reporter. The story-traces Tutor’s roots as the son … Continue reading

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Why Do Our Leaders Break Our Hearts? ‘The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings’

Gnawing at the back of my brain for decades, eating away at the heart of my political philosophy, has been my feeling that I despise all politicians except I have to admit, “I do like Ike.” The only President who … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Beating a Broken System and Getting City Hall to Fix Broken Sidewalks: It’s the Law

It’s time we started getting clear about some things. I’m coming up on my fourth anniversary of speaking publicly about what’s on my mind, in the way I choose to do it. If any of you ever spent a week … Continue reading

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It’ll be hell to pay when the bills come due — My Sunday Column

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’ve never seen anything like this — and it isn’t at all like seeing an elephant fly. Our elected officials must think we are all … Continue reading

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Where Else But in Chinatown Would the Depths of LA Political Corruption and Dishonesty Be Exposed

It is hard to believe that Herb Wesson’s City Council could sink any lower but the president’s No. 2 man Ed Reyes — with an assist from wannabe Mayor Eric Garcetti — led his colleagues to the bottom of a sea … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup: Roasting Shorty, Killing Wal-Mart, Acting Regionally, and Chatting about Money, Guns and Pets

City Maven Alice Walton provides more than you would ever want to know about the Herb Wesson roast last night at the Beverly Hilton — unless, she says, you ” love jokes about short men, strippers, the Korean community and … Continue reading

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