Monthly Archives: July 2012

Is Antonio Villaraigosa poised to be America’s first Latino president? Yahoo! News Wants to Know

You got to give credit where credit is due: Our beloved Antonio Villaraigosa has gone from being mocked as the 11 percent mayor, the freebie mayor and the FAILURE. mayor to become touted as the next President of the United … Continue reading

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What If They Gave a City Election and Everyone Voted: Would It End the Corruption and Restore Democracy to LA?

Pounding  away day after day at the foibles and failures of Los Angeles City Hall is known in the vernacular of newsrooms as beating a dead horse. If you don’t know City Hall is a corrupt political machine that is … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: ‘If elder statesmen won’t rise above the fray and do what’s right, who will?’

We need more from our leaders Of all the fallen idols and soiled reputations of yesterday’s heroes, none stands out these days quite like Penn State’s Joe Paterno, stripped of his achievement as the winningest college football coach in history and … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Restructuring a Municipal Utility — Will It Work for the Public’s Benefit?

Like dominoes tipping over, one after another, cities — first Vallejo, now San Bernardino, next Compton — are seeking relief from their fiscal incompetence and reckless irresponsibility by hiding behind bankruptcy laws that leave creditors and employees in the lurch, … Continue reading

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Carol Schatz’s Mommy Was a Commie, So What Is She?

Life is too beautiful for words — 10 months after Occupy LA’s army of raw recruits took over City Hall Park to denounce capitalism, Wall Street and bankers in general — they have finally found a villain right here in … Continue reading

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‘The Hotness,’ the Community College Scandal and the Wendy Greuel Question: Is She Tough Enough to Lead LA?

On Oct. 18, 2010, Miki Jackson at the tabloid HollywoodHighlands.org blog she runs with  John Walsh broke the story about the LA Community College District hiring as inspector general over its $5.7 billion construction program Christine Marez, an ambitious construction … Continue reading

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Political Doubletalk: The Perfect Is Not the Enemy of the Good, At the End of the Day Comes Just Another Day

The lazy policymaking decisions made by our political leaders are matched only by their lazy use of language, clichés without meaning intended to soothe the minds of the unwary without actually saying anything. “At the end of the day … … Continue reading

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LOADED FOR BEAR: ‘Glen Bearian’s’ popularity adds pressure to a very public wrangle

It was right at 9 a.m. Sunday when I arrived at the quiet cul-de-sac just above Foothill Boulevard where “Meatball” or “Glen Bearian” or whatever you call a 400-pound black bear who has discovered the joy of suburban garbage was nestled comfortably … Continue reading

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THE MOST RUTHLESS GAME: Take It or Leave It — My Sunday Column

Here’s a challenge for all you NIMBYers, naysayers, malcontents, apathetics and ignoramuses to contemplate: Put yourself in the shoes of an elected official trying to do what’s best when the power brokers have given you the choice of getting nothing … Continue reading

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Battle of the Political War Horses: Transit Tax Measure R-2 with Your Future Quality of Life at Stake

Like two old war horses going to battle each other yet again as they have done so often for so long — Antonovich and Yaroslavsky, two county supervisors, politically untouchable, masters of the game of power. This time there is … Continue reading

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