July 13, 2010 |
Thanks for your July 4 Op-Ed regarding the 75th anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous, "In the end, it's just one drunk talking to another." I too am a sober member of A.A.; my sobriety date is June 16, 2003. The article by "Chaz" was accompanied in the newspaper by an illustration depicting various images supposedly related to A.A. Disturbingly, it included a picture of Jesus Christ, or perhaps some other religious figure with a Christian connotation. My grave concern is that, by publishing Christian art (or art with any religious imagery, regardless of origin)
October 19, 2010 |
In his Oct. 12 Times Op-Ed article, "Fixing Bell," respected Ventura City Manager Rick Cole calls on Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to request a court-appointment receiver to manage the troubled Los Angeles County city. One of the online comments to the article says, "While you're at it Jerry, appoint one for the state as well for the recent budget fiasco. " Exactly. The state is not a model of governance for California. Bell should not expect salvation from Sacramento. The solution for Bell is within view, as residents are in the process of recalling four discredited City Council members.
July 7, 2010 |
In "Shaping the city of L.A." on July 2, The Times' editorial board declares, "Now is the time ... to streamline the land use process and make it smarter and more efficient." At the same time, it urges policymakers to "take charge" and commit to a vision for community planning. The Times cannot have its cake and eat it too. Which will it be: a streamlined process and quick approvals, or a deliberative approach to deciding the future of our city? Five years ago, when Gail Goldberg came to the Planning Department, confidence in the planning process was at an all-time low. Department underperformance had soured neighborhoods, and faith in the mayor himself had ebbed.
September 14, 2010 |
A bill in Sacramento supported by The Times' editorial page ("Fundraising, with limits," Sept. 8) turns out to be, on closer inspection, a poster child for the law of unintended consequences. It deserves rejection by the governor. The bill, SB 330, would subject private charitable organizations that raise scholarship funds and other philanthropic resources for public college and university campuses to the state Public Records Act. Sounds good, until you look at the details. At the University of California, campus foundations are nonprofit, nongovernmental entities overseen by volunteer boards.
December 14, 2010 |
The Times should be congratulated for opposing Assembly Speaker John A. Peréz's proposed legislation to unincorporate the city of Vernon. The Times, however, repeats several commonly cited arguments against Vernon that contribute to the unnecessary hue and cry for the city's dissolution. The Times states as fact that the city is "run largely for the benefit of its 2,000 businesses and two founding families. " First, there should be nothing wrong with an industrial city with virtually no other residents being run for the benefit of its business community.
August 16, 2010 |
In his Aug. 11 Times Op-Ed article, "City of Bell salaries: Robert Rizzo is only a symptom," Ben Boychuk confronts the wrong end of the beast. He tips us off to his bias by repeatedly flogging the crusty cliche "unelected bureaucrats," on whom he blames the current crisis in state and local government. He then twists logic into a knot by using these specious assertions as a pretext for removing regulations to solve the problem. Huh? Bell's scandal over high salaries for its top officials did not arise because too many regulations and statutes exist.