Category Archives: City Hall

THE WAY THINGS ARE — LA Can’t Be Fixed By Tinkering

(This article was published Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 on CityWatchLA.com) Is it any wonder that two vibrant cities from the West – Denver and Seattle – are in the Super Bowl, their fans frenzied, while Los Angeles doesn’t even get … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Community Activists, Hot Topics, Los Angeles, NFL Stadium | 19 Comments

‘City In Decline’: LA’s Shameful Media Shares the Blame

(This article was written for City Watch LA (link) I read a copy of the Kantor Commission’s LA2020 Report early Tuesday and thought, “Oh my god, important people in this town have finally noticed how the city is going to … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | 14 Comments

Eric Garcetti’s One and Only Chance — His Moment of Truth

Back when it could have mattered, when a single decision that put the future of the city at risk was being made, Antonio Villaraigosa showed he lacked the courage to lead, his predecessor James Hahn already had shows he was incapable leadership and Councilman … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 LA Elections, City Hall, Community Activists, DWP, Hot Topics, Los Angeles, The Valley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Is Half A DWP-IBEW Deal Better Than A Real Deal? It’s up to Garcetti — and You

It was unusual, unprecedented, an historic event symbolizing City Hall’s commitment to transparency, to an open and honest public conversation on an issue of great importance: The outrageous high wages and benefits granted over the years to the Department of … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Community Activists, DWP, Glendale-Burbank, Hot Topics, Los Angeles, The Valley, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

My Sunday Column: Glendale’s decision, L.A’s problem — Running Municipal Utilities for the Public or the Union’s Benefit

This is a tale of two cities — yours and mine, each with its own water and power utility companies. In your city, base rates for electricity did not go up for six years until the City Council narrowly approved … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Glendale Power Assn. vs. IBEW — The 21 Power Plant Operators Who Stood Up to the Union Bullies

The moral premise of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 as often expressed by union boss Brian D’Arcy is clear and to the point: “My responsibility is to look after the welfare of my members.” That narrow worldview puts … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Valley Leadership Gears Shift — Krekorian Promises He’s “Ready to Focus on Substantial Priorities”

As the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments celebrated its third anniversary last week, one thing was perfectly clear: It was set up to fail by Los Angeles city and county officials and succeeding spectacularly at doing so. Utterly nothing … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Glendale-Burbank, Hot Topics, Los Angeles, The Valley, Transportation | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Adios, Antonio, Fare Thee Well

You got to love Antonio; he would have it no other way. The bane of his life back when he was first running for mayor in 2005, even well after he got elected, was the LA Times and others incessantly … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | 29 Comments

Zine Slip-Slides Away with Double-Dipping Pensions as Council Readies to Nuke Hollywood with Millennium Project

The 80 percent who don’t vote and the 90 percent who don’t even pay attention are right – nothing can be done about the political pestilence that is eating at the soul of the city. A century ago, the great … Continue reading

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Why Government Robs You Blind: Because It Can — They Make and Enforce the Laws and Frighten You into Submission

Between pass-throughs and rate hikes and surcharges and transfers to other uses, you might have noticed your bills for water and power have been soaring for years. You ain’t seen nothing yet — utilities are the certain cash cow for … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, DWP, Glendale-Burbank, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | Tagged , , | 26 Comments