Monthly Archives: May 2012

Let’s Talk About Carmen Trutanich: 8 a.m. Thursday on KPFK with Sonali Kolhatkar

Carmen Trutanich: From ‘People’s Lawyer’ To ’Enemy of the People in Just Three Years’ KPFK (90.7 FM) news and talk host Sonali Kolhatkar invited me to talk about the District Attorney’s race at 8 a.m. Thursday, specifically about the record of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election, City Hall, Hot Topics, LA County, Los Angeles | Tagged , , , | 22 Comments

BYD — Build Your Dreams — Goes Bust in the City of Broken Dreams

It was the biggest deal Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pulled off in his desperate effort to show he was actually doing something about the city’s staggering unemployment rate and its loss of economic clout. With $2 million in federal poverty grants … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Los Angeles | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Stop Trutanich from Doing More Harm: Vote for Jackie Lacey or Alan Jackson for District Attorney

Carmen Trutanich got elected City Attorney because informed voters knew his opponent, then Councilman Jack Weiss, was nothing but a stooge of the political machine and not a very effective one at that. The way things have turned out in … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election | 11 Comments

Honoring those who didn’t make it home — Lift the Fog of Prosperity and Tune in for a Moment: My Sunday Column

One of my earliest memories dates to my fourth birthday, when it seemed like the whole world was celebrating with me. The whole world was indeed celebrating, but it had nothing to do with me. It was May 7, 1945, … Continue reading

Posted in Glendale-Burbank | 7 Comments

Fatal Flaw, Part One, The Coliseum: Officials’ Arrogant Abuses of the Law, USC’s Contempt for the South LA Community

EDITOR’S NOTE: The giveaway of public property — the Coliseum, Sports Arena and control of Exposition Park — to USC without public benefit ranks as one of the most outrageous acts by public officials in LA in years, especially given … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Community Activists, Hot Topics, LA County, Los Angeles | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fuel for Thought: How LA Elected Officials and Their Staffs Are Taking Us for a Ride in City Cars

UPDATE: Are you keeping your eyes on them and reporting their abuses? Here’s one for you from a citizen paying attention: “Last night at little Tokyo a library worker st 8 pm buying pinkberry and parking the city car in … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election, 2013 Election, 2013 LA Elections, City Hall, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

You, the voter, must pay attention — Break the cycle of failure: My Sunday Column

Mail-in voting for the general election two weeks from now already is under way with reforms in place — open primaries and the end of gerrymandered legislative districts — that are supposed to end the stalemate in Sacramento. The odds … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election, 2013 Election, 2013 LA Elections, Glendale-Burbank, Los Angeles | 18 Comments

Where Is Gov. Moonbeam When You Need Him?

Back in the day when he was Gov. Moonbeam, you couldn’t help but love Jerry Brown as the embodiment of everything kooky, adventurous and free-spirited about California where so many believed in impossible dreams. Today, he seems less about moonbeams … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election, 2013 Election, 2013 LA Elections, Hot Topics | 13 Comments

Full Disclosure Network: The Ugly Side of Los Angeles Politics

The Full Disclosure Network’s Leslie Dutton has long tracked the foibles and finagles of the County Board of Supervisors — an institution rarely watched closely by mainstream media — so reports they had banned footballs and Frisbees on LA beaches … Continue reading

Posted in Community Activists, Hot Topics, LA County, Los Angeles | 5 Comments

Pablum Politics and Placebo Policies: It Is Our Duty to Fight for a Better City for All

“The vision is for this to be a city where people feel they can get a good public education and not spend their life on the freeways creating smog. It would be a city where you graduate from college and find a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Election, 2013 LA Elections, City Hall, Community Activists, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | 19 Comments