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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: 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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My Sunday Column: Measure J loss is a victory for the people — a chance to demand a real public transit system

We can’t keep on destroying the public transit system in order to save it — that surely is the lesson we need to learn from the defeat of Measure J on Tuesday. We all want a real public transit system. … 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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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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My Sunday Column: Money, power, public policy — The MTA, Infludence Peddlers and Ads on Buses and Trains

It was like stumbling into a convention of the Society of Influence Peddlers, with old friends and enemies schmoozing before the start of festivities. There were Hall of Fame lobbyists like Richard Alatorre and Mike Roos, and future Hall-of-Famers like … Continue reading

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People Power Forces LA City Council to Oppose 710 Freeway — for Now

Residents of Northeast LA generously gave thanks to Councilman Jose Huizar Tuesday and celebrated him as a hero for pushing through a resolution putting the City of Los Angeles on record as opposing the 710 Freeway extension through their neighborhoods … Continue reading

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YUCK, the TRUCKS: How People Power Is Killing 710 Freeway Extension and Winning the Fight for Sane Transit Solutions

On Tuesday at LA City Council Chamber before a sea of NO 710 red shirts, the spike likely will finally be driven into the money-sucking heart of a freeway nobody wants. It has taken more than 50 years of community … Continue reading

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People Power: How Ordinary Citizens Are Making Quality of Life the Issue — Not Enriching the Transportation Lobby

Proving they are a force to be reckoned with, opponents of the 710 Freeway extension filled the grounds outside Pasadena’s oldest church Wednesday night for an informational and organizing rally to protest MTA’s plans that threaten their neighborhoods. Drawing a … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Activists Fight for a Seat at the Table of Power

It was a triumph of citizen activism — the Pasadena City Council’s unanimous repudiation last week of plans to extend the long-stalled Long Beach (710) Freeway through town. Someday, we might look back at what happened Monday night as a … Continue reading

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