CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1998 |
If you drove down the center of Hurstview Avenue heading east, you would be in the city of Monrovia. But your passenger would be in Duarte. Or hop on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia. As you cross Altern Street, you are under county jurisdiction for about half a mile. Pass Wayland Way and you return to Monrovia, but only for about 350 feet. Then it's back to the county again--for another three-eighths of a mile.
March 7, 2014 |
A couple of recent news articles about local approaches to housing issues offer a pretty stark contrast in smart policy and, well, not-so-smart policy. In the smart category, cities such as Washington and Philadelphia have long struggled with trying to strike an economic balance in reviving high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods. The usual progression is that a battered area attracts some adventurous and dedicated residents who buy property and work hard to improve their new neighborhoods.
December 20, 2013 |
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal , have the world's best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers . Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities, from London and Los Angeles, and from Shanghai to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Los Angeles finished in the middle of the pack in the ranking (16th), which took into account the wide array of services that libraries provide to their readers, including availability of printed books and digital information.
August 8, 2012 |
We cannot even begin to say how disappointed we are by The Times' Aug. 3 editorial regarding the Inland Empire and our four recently incorporated Riverside County cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Wildomar and Menifee. The implication that all other California cities are subsidizing our communities is not remotely true. To the contrary, we have been subsidizing other communities for years as unincorporated areas when our locally paid tax dollars left our area because we weren't cities.
July 29, 2012
Re "A tale of two cities," Opinion, July 25 Harold Meyerson blames banks and big business for the collapse of our economy, especially for the bankruptcies of California cities hit hard by the bursting of the housing bubble. Rather, the federal government encouraged the irresponsible lending to increase homeownership. Banks would never have been successful in making so many subprime loans if Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae weren't buying them. Wall Street also bought these toxic loans and rated them as AAA securities.
August 3, 2012
If communities in California have the desire and the tax base to make it on their own as independent cities, without increasing the resource burdens on their county governments or their neighbors or the state, then as a rule of thumb they ought to be able to give it a go. Self-governance and home rule are integral parts of American liberty. But in their first few years after incorporation, cities are likely to need a financial boost from the rest of us, and right now, well - sorry, Jurupa Valley, Menifee, Wildomar and Eastvale, but we can't afford you. With three much more established cities already in bankruptcy (Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes)