Category Archives: LA Clean Sweep

Four Years and Counting: Is Calamity the Only Hope?

Four years ago this month, I was fired from my job at the Daily News where I had worked for 23 years and started blogging. “Free at last!” — those were the first words I wrote in my first post … Continue reading

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Caretakers of a Greater Dream for LA

If we haven’t already reached the point of no return, we will with approval today of the skyscraper billboard passing as the new Wilshire Grand luxury hotel and the soon to be approved mega-billboard passing as an NFL stadium/Convention Center. … Continue reading

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A New Deal for L.A. — Road Map for an Efficient, Responsible and Solvent City Government

“If you’re not going to vote to extend taxes, you’re not going to vote to cut, you’re not going to vote to do anything to redevelopment, so, what the hell are you going to do? By the way, if you’re … Continue reading

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My Sunday Columns in Daily News and News-Press & Leader

Getting Closer to the Impossible Dream “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Those words from St. Francis of Assisi have become the guiding light to efforts to reform Los … Continue reading

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Kibbitzers, Second-Guessers, Bystanders — Everybody’s Got Opinions After the Election

On his way out the door of City Hall, Austin Beutner has finally spoken out about the budget calamity and the lack of any strategy to deal with the now $404 million deficit for next fiscal year — 10 percent … Continue reading

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SHAMELESS!

Without a clue as to what they were doing or even why, the City Council in a joint meeting with the yes-men and yes-women of Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed Tuesday to sabotage the governor’s efforts to restore solvency to … Continue reading

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CRA Outrages, City Hall Failures — Only You Can Turn LA Around

The only time they give a damn about you is when you cast your vote. That should be clear by how they have spent millions to keep independent voices from winning election to the City Council on Tuesday and tried … Continue reading

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Desperate Tom LaBonge Dirties Himself with Last-Minute Smear Campaign

I was going to let this go because last-minute smear tactics on the weekend before voters go to the polls is distasteful, a violation of journalistic ethics that I’ve only seen violated once in the mainstream media when the LA … Continue reading

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Englander’s ‘Don’t Vote for Me’ Mailer, Abuse of Power by Huizar, Cardenas and LaBonge

Despite his well-documented confusion about what day it is, Tom LaBonge’s perfect recall of a goal line stand that defeated Eagle Rock High was on full display Friday at the City Council — the last meeting before election day — … Continue reading

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LA Clean Sweep’s Mailer, Cable Ad Blitz to Elect Candidates Committed to Fixing City Hall and

It’s crunch time, Election Weekend, and the mailboxes and TV are filled with political ads for Tuesday’s city election. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of many, LA Clean Sweep has joined the party with a blitz of door hangers, … Continue reading

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