January 13, 2010 |
Unlike the Democrat in the Oval Office, the Democrat in Los Angeles' City Hall seems to understand that -- the markets' resurgence notwithstanding -- nobody is going to believe the economic crisis is over so long as more than one out of every 10 American workers remains unemployed. Whether by reason of perspective or background, Antonio Villaraigosa, the onetime labor organizer, grasps what Barack Obama, the former professor of constitutional law, doesn't: Out here in the country, it's the jobs, stupid.
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September 3, 2009 |
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has asked his colleagues to end the dispute between the former city attorney and the former city controller over whether the controller can audit programs in the offices of elected officials. Koretz wants the council to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo to prevent his office from being audited. But a sticking point remains: Who should pay the more than $100,000 in legal fees incurred by former City Controller Laura Chick over the course of her legal fight with Delgadillo, who was forced from office this spring by city term limits.
October 24, 2007
City Hall often seems to be haunted by some ghostly hand reaching from a dusty and long-dead charter provision to grab city government, shake out all voter-imposed reforms and yank it back into the outmoded ways of the past. This week's outrageous payout of $95,000 to fired Los Angeles Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff is the latest such horror. Jeff's virtual extortion, ratified by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and Councilman Bernard C.
October 7, 2007 |
Nothing better illustrates the politics, power structure and civic maturity of a city than charter reform. A charter is a city's constitution. It allocates authority at city hall and sets out rules by which interest groups gain access and influence city government. San Diego is considering rewriting its charter to make permanent a "strong mayor" system that only last year began its five-year trial run. You might ask, why so fast?
February 28, 2007
WITH FOUR OF the Los Angeles school board's seven seats up for grabs, next week's election could have been a moment of transformation for the plodding district and its many underperforming schools. Instead, it's another dispiriting reminder of how the system resists fundamental change.
February 26, 2007
IF YOU'RE BORED BY the (admittedly boring) subject of public pensions, get over it, because you'll be hearing a lot more about the topic in coming months. And with good reason. There's a looming financial crisis as retired school, city, county and state employees claim larger chunks of public funds each year for their pensions, in part because people are living longer, in part because elected officials have been catering to the demands of employee unions.