Tag Archives: Antonio Villaraigosa

Occupying Occupy Los Angeles: Local Community Activists Can Help Define City Issues

EDITOR”S NOTE: This column was written for Nina Royal’s North Valley Reporter monthly newspaper.which published it’s October edition today. Two weeks ago at the end of activist-organized Congress of Neighborhood Empowerment, the mayor offered his cheerleading analysis that the decade-old … Continue reading

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CBS2 Accuses City Hall of Funneling $1 Million Grant for the Poor to Farmers Field Architect

Like taxpayer money that goes to the Community Redevelopment Agency and winds up in the hands of wealthy developers, federal community development block grants (CDBG) given to the city often are funneled away from programs to help the poor as … Continue reading

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Antonio Villaraigosa, Political Superstar — Obama’s Secret Re-Election Weapon?

It’s finally clear: All the world is a stage for a ham like Antonio Villaraigosa – it’s just that the stage of Los Angeles isn’t big enough anymore, the role of mayor of the nation’s second largest city just isn’t … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Twice Fired DWP Exec Raman Raj Claims Disability, Getting Full $264,000 Salary Six Months Later

It started a little over a month ago with a tip that came from inside the Department of Water and Power: Raman Raj is still on DWP payroll. It was hard to believe. Raj was summarily fired as chief operating … Continue reading

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Reinventing Antonio: Mayor Who Sold Us Out to RIch and Powerful Declares Himself Progressive

What a joke, Antonio the political chameleon is once again changing his stripes. Only Antonio Villaraigosa would have the audacity to go to Sacramento today to audition his new act as the political progressive he once pretended he was in … Continue reading

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Ronnie’s Rants: The Week in Review in Print and on the Radio

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s links to radio comments I made last week, mainly on AEG’s downtown stadium deal, on Warren Olney’s “Which Way LA?,” my regular Wednesday midnight chat with KRLA 870AM talk show host Kevin James and on the “Off the … Continue reading

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How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo

Editor’s Note: This article by social critic Joel Kotkin, professor of urban development at Chapman University and a frequent writer on Los Angeles, was published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. It is adapted from a longer article being published in … Continue reading

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Money Talks — That’s Why Politicians Never Say Anything Real

You know you’re important when you get emails from President Obama himself that start “Dear Ron” and his re-election campaign manager sends you a personal reminder that midnight tonight is your last chance to contribute a measly five bucks to … Continue reading

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Caruso’s Sweet Song Hits Right Note with Valley Business People

Developer Rick Caruso tested the waters of the San Fernando Valley business community Friday morning and found a highly receptive audience for his campaign for mayor. Not the Caruso is running for mayor any more than Zev, Wendy, Jan, Austin, … Continue reading

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LA’s Mayoral Soap Opera: Caruso’s “Nightmare” Aria, Garcetti’s “Smiley Face” Swan Song

Billionaire developer Rick Caruso’s opening aria in the mayoral soap opera borrowed heavily from the liturgy of community activists, calling City Hall a “bureaucratic nightmare” led by “political lifers” who are a “roadblock” to progress, killing jobs faster than they’re … Continue reading

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