Category Archives: LA County

My Sunday Column: Is the Civil Grand Jury Relevant? Are Ordinary Citizens Any Better at Governance Than Politicians?

The Los Angeles County civil grand jury got a well-deserved thrashing last week from local officials for its dumbfounding end-of-the-year report on the financial health of the county’s 88 cities — a report that made Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena seem … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Mike Gatto and the condom measure — The Perils of Politician and How Hard It Is To Speak the Truth

Mike Gatto is a clever fellow. But like a lot of smart guys, he’s sometimes too clever for his good. A case in point came a week ago when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation denounced the assemblyman as “a pornographer’s best … Continue reading

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MTA Secrecy and the 710 Fiasco — Eric & Zev, LA’s New BFFs

The No on 710 coalition of groups that cuts across community and demographic lines from the Eastside of Los Angeles to the affluent hillsides of La Canada-Flintridge posted this statement with a 35-minute video of last Thursday’s meeting of the … 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

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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: Respect for the Council of Governments — The Valley’s Last Shot at Getting Its Fair Share

One of my first impressions when I called the San Fernando Valley my home nearly 30 years ago was that this vast middle-class enclave suffered from a bad inferiority complex, like it was populated by a lot of Rodney Dangerfields … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Democracy wins a round — How the County’s 87 Cities (Not LA) Found Common Ground in a Storm

The setting was beautiful: a hill high above the intersection of the Santa Monica (10) and Long Beach (710) freeways, with panoramic views of downtown L.A. and much of the San Gabriel Valley, even on this dark and misty Thursday … 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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My Thanksgiving Column: Holiday philanthropy is vital in time of cutbacks

Charity begins at home — and for Southern California communities that was never more important than it is today, when government is cutting back sharply on providing services and funding for those in need, while poverty is soaring amid enduring … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Fun and Games at the MTA — Why Is It So Hard Just To Do What’s Right for the People?

In the climactic scene of director Ivan Reitman‘s 1993 political satire “Dave,” President Mitchell (Kevin Kline) tells a joint session of Congress he lost his way, forgot his job was to make people’s “lives a little better…care more about you than … Continue reading

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