Category Archives: Community Activists

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 | 15 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 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: Activism and the 710 Freeway Tunnel — How People Power Has Stopped the Machine for 60 Years

Joanne Nuckols has put the people she calls “transportation bullies” in their place for decades. She reels off the long, sordid history of South Pasadena’s fight against extending the 710 Freeway through her town, lawsuit by lawsuit, injunction by injunction, … Continue reading

Posted in Community Activists, Glendale-Burbank, Hot Topics, LA County, Los Angeles, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 9 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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My Sunday Column: The Valley’s Missed Opportunity

The meeting started late and it started badly, with a 10-minute argument about approving the minutes of the last meeting. Then it headed downhill. Issues that were raised were sent to committees for further study, though no one was quite … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Brains, talent, too much ambition — Paul Krekorian Angers Many in Little Armenia by Role in CD 13 Race

In the costliest and most vicious City Council race of the Los Angeles election season, the battle for Hollywood has shattered beliefs about Armenian solidarity, with Paul Krekorian‘s role seen as causing deep rifts in the community. Little Armenia in … Continue reading

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Elect Mike Feuer as City Attorney — Who Better Than a Crook as L.A.’s Chief Prosecutor and Law Enforcement Officer

Putting weaklings without courage like Greuel or Garcetti into the mayor’s office is a problem, a big problem. Putting a two-faced scoundrel like Zine in the controller’s office as the public’s watchdog when he’s nothing but a yapping Chihuahua is … Continue reading

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Public Be Damned: LAX Expansion and the Culture of Greed

In this the fifth anniversary month of my citizen activism, I thought the desolation of this election season and the futility of all that I have done – Saving LA Project, OurLA.org, LA Clean Sweep, 1902 blog posts and more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Election, 2013 LA Elections, City Hall, Community Activists, Hot Topics, Los Angeles | Tagged , , , , | 41 Comments