Tag Archives: Antonio Villaraigosa

The Antonio to Eric Handoff: LA’s Quality of Life Disaster — Deregulating Planning, Zoning and Building Code Enforcement

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former LA City Planner Dick Platkin, now Adjunct Instructor of City Planning at USC’s Price School of Social Policy, originally wrote this article on the devastating impact of the merger of LA Planning and Building and Safety Department … Continue reading

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Why Your DWP Bills Keeping Going Up and Up — IBEW Salaries Keep Going Up and Up and Away

Carpenters: DWP $102,732; General Services 65,201; Airport  $82,999; National Average $43,890. Auto Painters: DWP $109,192; Fire Dept. $59,901. Cabinet Makers: DWP $101,840; LAPD $66,449. Garage Attendants: DWP $74,408; Airport $44,309; National Average $21,250. Land-surveying Assistants; DWP $123,433; Public Works $73,009′ … Continue reading

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Beutner Thumbs His Nose at Stench from City Hall

Smart, experienced, rich but self-effacing and very humorous — poor Austin Beutner still can’t get no respect from the MSM, the MainStreamMedia.  His speech Thursday launching Town Hall L.A.’s program for mayoral candidates outlined how he would get “Los Angeles … Continue reading

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A Grieving Father and the Cold Face of Authority: Are Unlicensed Drivers a Threat to Public Safety?

EDITORS’S NOTE: Don Rosenberg who emotionally confronted the Police Commission Wednesday night tells the story of how an unlicensed driver killed his son Drew in an article today on CityWatchLA.com. Advocates for illegal immigrants like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa argue that … Continue reading

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Your LAPD at Work Protecting Antonio’s Friends from Public Criticism of Their Misdeeds

The cops led by Commander Andy Smith — hero of the Occupy LA eviction — were out in full force Tuesday to protect the Animal Services Commission, specifically president Melanie Ramsayer and vice president Ruthanne Secunda, from Daniel Guss, a … Continue reading

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How to Fix the Public Employee Pension System: Elect People Who Will Serve You — Not Them

The British call it “pension apartheid,” the enormous gap between the retirement benefits bestowed on public employees and workers in the private sector where defined benefit plans have all but disappeared. In Los Angeles and throughout California, the reference to segregation … Continue reading

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Staying Upbeat at a Time of Darkness

I struggle even for a day or two to keep my New Year’s resolution to stay upbeat and positive when all I see around me is the darkness of a gathering storm. We are on a collision course with ourselves, … Continue reading

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HACLA UPDATE: How Do You Spell Whitewash?

Thanks to KCET’s SoCal Connected’s outstanding continuing coverage of the Housing Authority scandal, we now learn that top staff have taken home bonuses totaling more than half a million dollars in the last two years with some like Chief Operating … Continue reading

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The Battle for Hollywood: LA’s Moment of Truth

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com. Among the handful of ordinary people who made their way past security in time to get to the rooftop of the Hollywood Tower Monday morning for the mayor’s media event was Lucille Saunders, the La … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Xmas Gift to the 1 Percent: Trashing Hollywood to Enrich Developers

With all undue haste, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will take the stage Monday morning for a political stunt in support of a new Hollywood Community Plan that gives wealthy landowners and well-connected developers billions of dollars in extra profits with density … Continue reading

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