Category Archives: The Valley

My Last Sunday Column: The Importance of Remaining Engaged — and Taking Moral Responsibility for Your Moral Actions

A young man responded to a recent column by emailing me the story of a moral dilemma he faced when he saw a bee on the ground, unable to fly, its wings flapping desperately, disoriented. “I stood there watching the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Cheaters Game: The New American Morality

We live in a nation where we would rather commit national suicide than work together to solve our common problems so it should be no surprise that righteous people defend greed and indifference to the needs of others, Harvard students … 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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Don’t Forget Who Caused the Children’s Museum Fiasco: Make It the Museum to Public Accountability

Forgotten in the uproar over the latest lousy twist in the in the L.A. Children’s Museum tragedy is how it came to be built at Hansen Dam in the farthest north corner of the city instead of at the North … Continue reading

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My Sunday Daily News Column: 10 years later: How secession (almost) change the Valley

On the wall of my home office hangs a framed picture that I treasure as a symbol of the million or more stories I wrote or edited in my four decades as a newspaperman, a single front page dated May … Continue reading

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Heads Up LA: 2JobBob Blumenfield Is a Cheater — Say No to the Measure J Slush Fund — Riordan’s Real Pension Reform

Here’s a few items you should pay attention to today: 2JobBob Blumenfield: Unethical & Illegal 2JobBob Blumenfield is the subject today of a formal complaint to the city Ethics Commission about using his huge war chest for his Assembly re-election … Continue reading

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