Monthly Archives: June 2012

Corrupted Planning Rules and the Downward Spiral of Los Angeles: A Strategy to Turn L.A. Around

EDITOR’S NOTE: Retired LA City Planner Dick Platkin, now consulting to community groups and teaching about sustainable city planning, wrote a version of this article for the Summer 2012 issue of Progressive Planning magazine ( www.plannersnetwork.org ). The article provides a valuable analysis of … Continue reading

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Obamacare and the Supreme Court: A Chance to End — or Escalate — America’s Uncivil War

For my money, Chief Justice John Roberts’ Solomon-like splitting of the Obamacare baby gave us a place to stand so we can finally get to work solving the long list of worsening problems that have been neglected while we engage … Continue reading

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It Takes a Revolution to Save This Village — Citizen Activist Joyce Dillard Stands Up to AEG and the City

Joyce Dillard may never get her day in court to fight against the injustices and corruption she sees but she got two hours last night in formal mediation with AEG and the City of Los Angeles to make her case that … Continue reading

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Mysterious Goings-on in the Hollywood Community Plan Debate

Help solve the mystery: Who Killed Hollywood? Or is there another explanation to the strange events that occurred during debate on the disastrous Hollywood Community Plan. The date was June 19, last Tuesday in the City Council. Supporters and opponents … Continue reading

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Wesson to LaBonge: ‘We Could Have Saved Three Minutes of Our Lives if You Just Shut Up for Once’

Herb Wesson is a good man and in a great world I would salute him for his kind heart and good humor. His appointment of Tom LaBonge and Ed Reyes as his left and left-er hand men is a testament … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times: City Set to Authorize $40 Million in Tax-Free Bonds for Exclusive Buckley School in Sherman Oaks

Leave it to Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz to step up to the plate on behalf of the exclusive Buckley School in Sherman Oaks to provide the city’s authority so it can borrow $40 million in tax exempt bonds to … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Greg Krikorian: Does an Underdog, Under-funded Candidate Stand a Chance Against an Incumbent?

It’s not a state secret — just about everybody knows California is broke and the Legislature is broken, and has been ever since voters took the law into their own hands and passed Proposition 13, stopping the government from jacking … Continue reading

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The State of Apartment Living in LA: Housing Code Violations Found in 90 Percent of All Units

Digging around this week in videos of Paul Krekorian’s Budget Committee hearings last month, I stumbled across this discussion with Housing Department officials about code violations in the city’s nearly 800,000 apartment units. The committee’s interest spurred by Mitch Englander … Continue reading

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Wannabe Mayor Garcetti: ‘People Are Free to Move Out of Hollywood Because It Is Overly Dense’

People always tell the truth even when they are lying through their teeth because as Freud showed a long time ago, the unconscious is very powerful and given to eruptions like the earthquake faults beneath us. Eric Garcetti is a … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on Public Access to Save $20,967 — What Are You Going to Do About It?

Back in 2003 when Mitch Englander was his chief of staff, Councilman Greig Smith, with support from Janice Hahn, proposed creating a network of video conferencing stations with fax machines and computers available for ordinary citizens to communicate with City … Continue reading

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