Monthly Archives: January 2013

Up in Smoke, Wendy’s $160 Million in Waste, Fraud & Abuse Claim — Video Ad for Kevin James Goes Viral with 105,000 Hits

With under five weeks to go, the lackluster race for mayor of L.A. is starting to get some luster. This afternoon, writer James Rainey at the LA Times tore the heart and lungs out of the the campaign strategy devised … Continue reading

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Did 2JobBob Fix the State’s Finances? Is He Really Dynamic? Why Citizen Candidates Don’t Stand a Chance in L.A.

You can take the word of Henry Waxman like the word of God what with him being the sixth longest serving member of the current House of Representatives at 38 years during which America has seen near continuous war and decline … Continue reading

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UPDATE: What It Takes to Be Mayor — Wendy for “All of L.A.”

UPDATE: Pit bull journalists Brian Hews and Randy Economy at the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper who broke the Assessor John Noguez story a year ago now have sunk their teeth into Wendy Greuel’s political consultant John Shallman. They have called … Continue reading

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Does It Matter Who Wins the City Attorney’s Race? Do We Even Need an Office Reduced to Irrelevancy?

Let me entertain you here in the entertainment capital of the world by handicapping the race for City Attorney — actually why the office has become irrelevant thanks to the power grabs of the mayor and City Council and their contempt … Continue reading

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Today’s Question: Would Potheads Do a Better Job Regulating Marijuana in L.A. than the Dunderheads at City Hall?

REWRITTEN AND UPDATED AT 915PM MONDAY A bunch of potheads could have done a lot better job of regulating pot shops in Los Angeles under California medicinal marijuana law than the City Council has over the last decade or so. This … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Democratic Party needs to clear the air — Teachers, Armenians Say Mike Gatto Went Way Too Far

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s political director sent out an email blast urging Democrats in the 43rd Assembly District to show up with “as many friends and family as possible” on Jan. 12 at the IATSE union hall in Burbank to elect … Continue reading

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When DWP Rate Payer Advocate Fred Pickel Speaks, They Don’t Listen Anymore Than When You Speak

Way back before Mayor Riordan fired him for being a windbag and empty 10-gallon hat, DWP General Manager David Freeman announced the largest solar energy program in U.S. history. He spent tens of millions of dollars of ratepayer money on … Continue reading

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Do You Have Better Chance of Winning the Lottery Than Finding Greatness in Greuel, Garcetti, Perry or Zine?

LA Times’ distinguished columnists Steve Lopez and Jim Newton took up important if thorny challenges in recent columns – examinations of the role of the professional politicians running for mayor and city controller. For his part, Lopez dismisses the outsider … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: A few people can change a lot in a community … Look at the Political Awakening in Pasadena

The radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, whose insights are used today as much by those on the right as on the left, once wrote: “If people don’t think they have the power to solve their problems, they won’t even think … Continue reading

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The Art of the Political Holdup: Raising Taxes to Fix Street and Storm Water Systems without Fixing the Corruption of Power

Tracy Rafter, founder of BizFed representing tens of thousands of businesses in LA County, and Jack Humphreville, community leader and LA watchdog, laid out a long series of questions to the Board of Supervisors Monday.   Supervisor Gloria Molina eloquently … Continue reading

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