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My Daily News Column: The mighty fall in Los Angeles’ civic theater of the absurd

It was a moment of truth. History was being made right before our eyes when the public face of the Los Angeles civic establishment was dressed down by a pipsqueak like City Council President Herb Wesson. Richard Riordan, the popular … 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 and Power in LA — It’s All in the Family

Dick Riordan is there for his pal Austin Beutner to help launch of his dark horse mayoral campaign. “The basic thing is jobs, jobs, jobs,” says the former two-term mayor and long-time civic leader. Well, not exactly. The basic thing … Continue reading

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The $500,000 Job Nobody Wants and Nobody Can Do: DWP General Manager

You can trace the decline and fall of the nation’s largest municipal utility, our very own Department of Water and Power, back to October 1996 when the City Council in it all too finite wisdom vetoed a 10 percent raise … Continue reading

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Systemic Failure: Why Billions for Public Transit Hasn’t Worked

In the city of Bell, residents finally rose up and threw out the bums who were ripping them off. In Venice and Eagle Rock, residents mutter about what so many in the San Fernando Valley still yearn for: Seceding from … Continue reading

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No Excuses: A City Left Dangling in the Wind

Let’s be perfectly clear about this: There is nothing the mayor and City Council know today about LA’s dire financial straits that they didn’t know when they cut the sweetheart early retirement and contract deals with city workers, gave raises … Continue reading

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Dick Riordan’s Fight Is Our Fight

In standing up in public and denouncing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as irrelevant and calling out the corruption at City Hall that leaves Los Angeles teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Dick Riordan has assumed a role that no other prominent … Continue reading

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The Pension Deals That Ate LA, California — Must It Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Back in 1999 at the height of the dot-com with the state treasury overflowing with money, Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa joined in a bipartisan move to share the wealth of California. The beneficiaries were public employees and the vehicle for … Continue reading

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The Living Wage, Affordable Housing, Subsidies, Public Works and the Myth of Job Creation

In his desperation to save himself politically, the mayor has reluctantly reached out to the civic elite — people like former Mayor Richard Riordan, billionaire Eli Broad, LAEDC head Bill Allen — to create jobs, hundreds of thousands of good-paying … Continue reading

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