Monthly Archives: August 2012

Will 50,000 New Hotel Rooms and a Citywide ‘Living Wage’ Really End Poverty and Revive the LA Economy?

The real City Hall boss — union leader Maria Elena Durazo — stood in support of a “living wage impact study” defined in a motion that had been dormant for five months until it suddenly was waived through two committees … Continue reading

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People Power Forces LA City Council to Oppose 710 Freeway — for Now

Residents of Northeast LA generously gave thanks to Councilman Jose Huizar Tuesday and celebrated him as a hero for pushing through a resolution putting the City of Los Angeles on record as opposing the 710 Freeway extension through their neighborhoods … Continue reading

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YUCK, the TRUCKS: How People Power Is Killing 710 Freeway Extension and Winning the Fight for Sane Transit Solutions

On Tuesday at LA City Council Chamber before a sea of NO 710 red shirts, the spike likely will finally be driven into the money-sucking heart of a freeway nobody wants. It has taken more than 50 years of community … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: The Trouble with Harry — Persistent Activist Gets the Attention of City Officials

Let’s have a big round of applause for retired law professor Harry Zavos. Citing the state Constitution and a lawsuit won by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he got Glendale officials … Continue reading

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DRAFT ZEV: Can Anybody Do a Better Job as Mayor Than the Last Lion of LA Politics?

A few days ago I told a friend of Supervisor Yaroslavsky that I thought I would wind up supporting him for Mayor of Los Angeles. At the least, I said sarcastically, “Zev is the lesser of four evils.” On Thursday, … Continue reading

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People Power: How Ordinary Citizens Are Making Quality of Life the Issue — Not Enriching the Transportation Lobby

Proving they are a force to be reckoned with, opponents of the 710 Freeway extension filled the grounds outside Pasadena’s oldest church Wednesday night for an informational and organizing rally to protest MTA’s plans that threaten their neighborhoods. Drawing a … Continue reading

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Why I Love LA and Say the Things I Do

I have a big problem choosing sides in our political wars so I take a safe position on sidelines and throw spitballs at whatever targets emerge. My problem with one side is they act like they just discovered we’re not … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Activists Fight for a Seat at the Table of Power

It was a triumph of citizen activism — the Pasadena City Council’s unanimous repudiation last week of plans to extend the long-stalled Long Beach (710) Freeway through town. Someday, we might look back at what happened Monday night as a … Continue reading

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LA’s Way: Steal Billions, Rip Off Millions, Give away Thousands

We get mail, lots and lots of email — LA’s Best today: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** LA’S BEST TO ANNOUNCE 3 NEW SCHOOL SITES, RECEIVE $135,000 GRANT  FROM JPMORGAN CHASE Los Angeles – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join President and CEO of … Continue reading

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The Perversion of Democracy, Part One: Derail Measure J, the 60-Year Transit Tax — It’s Highway Robbery

Let me be the first to formally oppose what is now Measure J on the ballot in November, the sequel to 2008′s Measure R that was supposed to raise $40 million from a 1/2 percent sales tax increase for highway … Continue reading

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