Monthly Archives: October 2012

See You Soon in Machu Picchu: On Vacation

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My Sunday Column: Empty Desks, a New Way of Life for Fiscally Responsible Cities

The email from Moody’s credit rating service that popped up on my computer screen boggled my mind: Glendale was among 40 California cities that were downgraded or are facing downgrades, but Los Angeles and San Francisco could get upgrades. I’m an old … Continue reading

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Heads Up LA: 2JobBob Blumenfield Is a Cheater — Say No to the Measure J Slush Fund — Riordan’s Real Pension Reform

Here’s a few items you should pay attention to today: 2JobBob Blumenfield: Unethical & Illegal 2JobBob Blumenfield is the subject today of a formal complaint to the city Ethics Commission about using his huge war chest for his Assembly re-election … Continue reading

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Beware Charlie Beck: Fallout from Police Riot at 2007 May Day Protest Stains Bill Bratton’s Reputation Once Again

EDITOR’S NOTE: Top Cop Bill Bratton was a public relations whiz, wrapping LA’s second-rate politicians and media around his nimble fingers — only the May Day 2007 police riot and his handling afterwards ever stained his reputation. The fallout from … Continue reading

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2JobBob Will Stick the Poor, Sick and Kids with $3 Million Special Election Bill if He Wins Assembly and Council Races

For 2JobBob Blumenfield, two jobs won’t be enough. Surely even someone as politically powerful as the two-term Chairman of the California Budget Committee — where his “budgets usually turn into red ink the moment they’re signed,” according to LA Times … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Eyeing the Ballot Propositions — Follow the Money and Let the Buyer Beware

With absolute certainty, I am prepared a month before the election to predict the outcome in California: President Obama will carry the nation’s largest state and Democrats will maintain dominance in both houses of the state Legislature. Of course everybody but the most ardent … Continue reading

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The Truth About the Current Farmers Field Proposal — An Analysis by an Economic and Management Expert

EDITOR’S NOTE: On the day the City Council closed the deal on Farmers Field without knowing who they were doing business with, Quentin Fleming — author, management consultant and adjunct professor of managerial decision-making and strategic planning at USC’s Marshall … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Patrick Caruthers: When the Grit of the City Matters as Much as the Glamour and the Glitter . . .

It would not be a completely true statement to say that bureaucratic sloth and sleazy politics at City Hall killed Patrick Caruthers – the church-going 19-year-old special needs high school graduate and LA Trade Tech student – in broad daylight … Continue reading

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Who Killed Patrick Caruthers? Them — or Us?

The video above will give you the gist of a story, the teaser to make you pay attention to the full 15-minute movie about the senseless killing of 19-year-old Patrick Caruthers last week  as he sat on a bench in … Continue reading

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AEG MOVIE ACT 4: “LA — Open for Business Or Up for Sale”

And the Oscar for political theater goes to … Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group for a brilliant performance running circles around LA’s politicians and bureaucrats and bamboozling the public with a fantasy of football, jobs and … Continue reading

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