April 15, 2007
Re "Defeating homelessness," Opinion, April 12 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Op-Ed article on defeating homelessness only reinforces the idea that government is unable to spend taxpayer money efficiently. A billion dollars buys only 1,500 units of housing? That's more than $660,000 per housing unit. Rent subsidy and rehabilitation services get thrown in with this figure, but how much does it really cost to get people off the streets? Maybe City Controller Laura Chick needs to take a peek at the books.
February 8, 2014 |
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 |
Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed. "I don't think I was supposed to answer that," he said, cracking a smile. Carey Davis didn't hide the fact that he doesn't yet know his way around City Hall. If anything, the 61-year-old accountant sees his status as a political newcomer as an advantage as he takes the helm of a deeply troubled city.
March 14, 2013 |
As City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti vie for black Democrats in South L.A. and white Republicans in the Valley, the race for mayor of Los Angeles is getting sliced ever more thinly by sophisticated demographic modeling. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Photos: A rogues' gallery of L.A. mayors Photos: L.A. candidates' misleading campaign fliers Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2010 |
Once upon a time in Los Angeles, we had an aggressively dull mayor who guarded his privacy, seldom emerged from his City Hall bunker, and took his sister with him when he went out on the town. Jim Hahn was so shy a guy, I set up a service to recruit potential dates for him. In a big shakeup, the city made the switch to Antonio Villaraigosa, who seemed determined to prove that he didn't need my help. In 2007, Villaraigosa gave us the summer of love, in which the mayor's weakness for on-air TV news talent led to a bizarre press conference about his troubled marriage.
October 4, 2012 |
Curiosity is on an important mission ... to become the mayor of Mars. The NASA rover checked in on Mars' Gale Crater on Wednesday, using Foursquare, the location-based social network. And it posted a picture. "One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars!" Curiosity said with its check-in to the crater, which it has been exploring. If Curiosity checks in enough times, it should accomplish its goal of becoming mayor fairly quickly. After all, there's no competition that we know of. On Foursquare, you can become a mayor of a location if you check in often enough.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new secretary of Transportation on Monday, a White House official said. If confirmed, Foxx would take charge of a department that has been in the spotlight of late because of flight delays associated with furloughs of air traffic controllers. Last week, under pressure from inconvenienced travelers, Congress passed legislation allowing the Federal Aviation Administration - part of the Transportation Department -- to halt the furloughs, which are related to $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2010 |
When his outsized salary was revealed, the mayor of Bell left town and took refuge at a sprawling ranch alongside a curving river in Washington's horse country. But if Oscar Hernandez thought the furor back home would blow over while he relaxed with Robert Rizzo at the city administrator's getaway in the Northwest, he was wrong. Weeks later, with the anger in Bell at full boil, authorities pounded on his front door with a battering ram and handcuffed the mayor, one of eight former and current city officials arrested that day for allegedly misappropriating more than $5 million in public funds and leaving the town on the brink of financial chaos.
July 31, 2013 |
Wait a second: Didn't we just elect a new L.A. mayor? Anyone seen or heard from him? Anyone? OK, yes, I know that Eric Garcetti is now mayor of Los Angeles. Replaced that Villaraigosa guy. Took office July 1; spent his first day “sitting down with business leaders and holding afternoon office hours for Angelenos to speak their minds, part of his promise to embrace a 'listen, then lead' style of governance at City Hall,” The Times reported . Since then, though, he mostly seems to have spent his time spending our money hiring people -- primarily people who helped get him elected, such as ex-mayoral rivals Jan Perry and Kevin James . And picking a fight with someone who most certainly didn't help get him elected, Brian D'Arcy, head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 over at the Department of Water and Power (otherwise known as “Heaven on Earth” for working stiffs, both healthy and sick)