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News, CIM Group's Bitter Lesson to Mid-City

CIM Group's Bitter Lesson to Mid-City

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News, Lowe's Home Improvement Fiasco

Lowe's Home Improvement Fiasco

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News, Los Angeles CRA Creates Blight

Los Angeles CRA Creates Blight

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News, L.A. County's Private Property War

L.A. County's Private Property War

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News, The Informer Rescued Beagles Walk on Grass For First Time After Life in Product Testing Labs: VIDEO

Rescued Beagles Walk on Grass For First Time After Life in Product Testing Labs: VIDEO

This evening Beagle Freedom Project will bring three more Beagles to touch grass and see sunshine for the first time -- yes, the first time ever. At an average age of 2 years, these dogs have spent every second of their lives in a cage. Because of their friendly, docile,...…
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News, The Informer Charlie Beck, L.A. Police Chief, Required to Cut $40 Million to Balance Budget, But Given No Guidance

Charlie Beck, L.A. Police Chief, Required to Cut $40 Million to Balance Budget, But Given No Guidance

Today L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will receive amendments made by the City Council to his 2011-12 proposed City budget. The big issue is more than $40 million that Villaraigosa had wanted to borrow on commercial paper. That debt plan has now been trashed, and the burden has been placed on...…
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News, The Informer Eric Garcetti, City Council President, Yet to Take Action For Budget Transparency

Eric Garcetti, City Council President, Yet to Take Action For Budget Transparency

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villlaraigosa's proposed 2011-12 City budget is anything but transparent, as illustrated in L.A. Weekly's Broke and Broken. Even the simple basics -- the number and cost of his own staff -- are calculated with smoke and mirrors. Today the Los Angeles City Council will begin discussing changes...…
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News, The Informer Mayor Villaraigosa's Plan to Borrow $50 Million on Commercial Paper Dumped, Neighborhood Councils On Axing Block, What Else? JUST IN

Mayor Villaraigosa's Plan to Borrow $50 Million on Commercial Paper Dumped, Neighborhood Councils On Axing Block, What Else? JUST IN

Less than 60 minutes ago Jay Handal received a "courtesy call." Handal chairs a committee for the 93 neighborhood councils called the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates. "Basically they are gutting and shutting down the neighborhood council system," Handal says. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to borrow $50 million on commercial...…
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News, The Informer Fire and Police Unions Will Protest Fire Chief's Plan: Will Budget Decisions Run on Fear or Facts? VIDEO

Fire and Police Unions Will Protest Fire Chief's Plan: Will Budget Decisions Run on Fear or Facts? VIDEO

RonKayeLA reports that Friday morning United Firefighters Los Angeles City union leader Pat McOsker will lead a "massive outpooring" of firefighters to the City Council meeting. T.V. cameras are likely to follow. It's budget talk time and McOsker is calling Fire Chief Millage Peaks's re-orginization plan for L.A. Fire Department...…
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News, The Informer Ballona Wetlands May Be at Mercy of "Fishy" State Commission: Sierra Club, Ballona Institute Allege Wrongdoing

Ballona Wetlands May Be at Mercy of "Fishy" State Commission: Sierra Club, Ballona Institute Allege Wrongdoing

In 2003, it felt like victory: after fighting 30 years to protect Ballona Wetlands near Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey, environmentalists saved 600 acres, halting plans by developers for thousands of apartments and big shopping centers. With taxpayer help, the state bought the ecosystem for $140 million. But...…
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News, Los Angeles: Broke and Broken

Los Angeles: Broke and Broken

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News, The Informer Scott Svonkin, Candidate for Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, Gets Gift: Frontiers Forgets to Fact Check

Scott Svonkin, Candidate for Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, Gets Gift: Frontiers Forgets to Fact Check

Scott Svonkin, San Gabriel Unified School District Board member, is running for the powerful L. A. Community College District Board. Thanks to major Democratic backing and union campaign contributions, Svonkin is the strong favorite. In response to poor fact checking in a Frontiers article on Svonkin, we thought we'd set...…
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News, The Informer LA's Budget Problem: More Like City Employee Bonus Problem

LA's Budget Problem: More Like City Employee Bonus Problem

L.A. City Council member Bill Rosendahl calls it "gold in the gutter." L.A. watchdog Ron Kaye likens it more aptly to "pennies in the gutter." They are talking about what is actually changeable in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed 2011-12 budget. 85 percent of the problem is salaries, pensions and benefits...…
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News, Scott Svonkin's Solar Adventure

Scott Svonkin's Solar Adventure

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News, The Informer Antonio Villaraigosa's 2011-2012 Budget Debate Starts Today: Can the Mayor Stop City Hall's Overspending of $52,168 an Hour?

Antonio Villaraigosa's 2011-2012 Budget Debate Starts Today: Can the Mayor Stop City Hall's Overspending of $52,168 an Hour?

Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced his proposed 2011-12 budget, designed to stop City Hall from overspending by $1.25 million per day, or $52,168 per hour. Next, the L.A. City Council must tell Villaraigosa thumbs up or down, line by line, page by page. And there are nearly...…
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News, The Informer Scott Svonkin, San Gabriel Unified Board Member, Lets Teachers Down: Plays Hooky to Campaign For L.A. Community College Board

Scott Svonkin, San Gabriel Unified Board Member, Lets Teachers Down: Plays Hooky to Campaign For L.A. Community College Board

Scott Svonkin, San Gabriel Unified School District Board member, describes himself as the "only one who cares about the teachers." He is running for a seat on the vastly more powerful Los Angeles Community College Board and will face Lydia Gutierrez in a runoff election on May 17. Last night,...…
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News, Scott Svonkin's Personality Problem

Scott Svonkin's Personality Problem

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News, The Informer YJ Draiman, Dad to Disturbed's Lead Singer: Top 5 Reasons Unknown Underdog 2013 L.A. Mayoral Candidate Is Freaking Interesting

YJ Draiman, Dad to Disturbed's Lead Singer: Top 5 Reasons Unknown Underdog 2013 L.A. Mayoral Candidate Is Freaking Interesting

So far, four candidates have announced they will be running for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013. When you announce, it gives the green legal light to start raising funds to campaign. YJ Draiman, one of the four, is not a widely known name, but he is certainly interesting. Here...…
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News, The Informer Rudy Montiel and $400 Lunches: KCET Follows Shocking Money Trail of Recently Canned Chief of L.A. Housing Authority, And Others

Rudy Montiel and $400 Lunches: KCET Follows Shocking Money Trail of Recently Canned Chief of L.A. Housing Authority, And Others

Updated after the jump: SoCal Connected Executive Producer weighs in on early feedback, possible government reactions. The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is a billion dollar agency responsible for providing shelter for L.A.'s most vulnerable residents - and as uncovered by KCET's SoCal Connected: also responsible...…
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News, The Informer Political Action Group MoveOn Holds 'Rally to Defend American Dream:' Urging Senators to Ease Proposed $100 Billion Budget Cuts

Political Action Group MoveOn Holds 'Rally to Defend American Dream:' Urging Senators to Ease Proposed $100 Billion Budget Cuts

Yesterday evening MoveOn, a political action group, hosted a "Rally to Defend the American Dream" outside of the west side's Palms Ranch Library. The message? It was for Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein: "Stand strong against attacks on the 'American Dream' and workers' rights by republicans." About 70 people...…
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