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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Election

Gloria Molina Targets the Boys Club at City Hall

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Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM
Gloria Molina has made a campaign issue of the virtual disappearance of female politicians from City Hall. - PHOTO BY MARTIN ZAMORA
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  • Gloria Molina has made a campaign issue of the virtual disappearance of female politicians from City Hall.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina sits behind her desk ticking off what she's good at and what she's bad at — just a few days after sending a jolt through Los Angeles politics by announcing that she will take on Jose Huizar, the City Council District 14 incumbent, in the March 2015 primary.

In the modern history of L.A.'s council primaries, only one person has ever defeated an incumbent. In 2003, former California Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa beat Nick Pacheco, then used his Council District 14 post as a waystation to challenge and oust Mayor James Hahn in 2005.

The ugly 2003 Villaraigosa-Pacheco war over the Eastside's CD14 split some Latino friends and families. A much bigger brawl is likely this time.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

City Hall

Made in America Fest Will See Massive Police Presence

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM
KANYE WEST VIA DANIELE DALLEDONNE/FLICKR
There will be a massive police presence at the Made in America festival downtown this weekend. 

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rick Stabile says there will be about 270 city officers dedicated to patrolling the perimeter outside the two-day concert, which starts Saturday. Another 200 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies will be inside the venue, comprised of Grand Park as well as the closed downtown streets next to it, he said.

That deployment outdoes the 450 officers assigned to police raves at the L.A. Sports Arena following gatecrashing and drug-related crime at a 160,000-strong party at its sister venue, the L.A. Coliseum, in 2010:

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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L.A. Parking Enforcement officers will be swarming the downtown Civic Center area today, handing out tickets left and right.

But, at least for this event, they won't be real tickets. They'll be "mock violations" pointing out that Wall Street banks are taking millions of dollars in taxpayer cash from City Hall while you're stuck with parking fines designed in part to make up for budget shortfalls. These parking officers will even be feeding meters, which is technically illegal.

See also: L.A.'s Over-the-Top Parking Tickets Spark Revolt

Are you following? Here's what the fake violations will say:

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

City Hall

Jay Z's Made in America Street Fest Approved by L.A. City Council

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Jay Z-curated Made in America festival, which is scheduled to take place at Grand Park and on adjacent streets.

See also: All-Ages Policy at Jay Z's "Made in America" Concert Is a Terrible Idea

The vote came late in the game, with the two-day concert planned for Aug. 30 and 31, only 10 days away. The details were negotiated in secret by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and approval for the event was proposed by councilmen Herb Wesson and Curren Price.

A rough sketch of the deal between the city and concert giant Live Nation says ...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Memo to Eric Garcetti: CompStat Has Its Limits

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Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Mayor Eric Garcetti announces Charlie Beck's reappointment as LAPD chief
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti announces Charlie Beck's reappointment as LAPD chief
To the extent that Mayor Eric Garcetti can be said to have an agenda, crime is nowhere near the top of it. The issue barely came up during the mayor's race last year, and aside from appearing at press conferences touting the latest drop in the crime rate, Garcetti has had little to say on the subject as mayor.

So it's no surprise that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed for another five-year term on Tuesday. Despite a late-inning flurry of controversies, some more substantive than others, Beck's job was never in jeopardy. And as long as crime remains a back-burner issue for most voters, and Beck doesn't screw anything up too badly, Garcetti seems likely to give him a wide berth.

But the reappointment process did allow one issue to surface that may have implications for the broader Garcetti agenda. That issue, expertly uncovered by the L.A. Times, is the integrity of the LAPD's CompStat system.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Gets Another 5 Years

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Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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Comments from Beck and Police Commission President Steve Soboroff have been added at the bottom.

The Los Angeles Police Commission appointed Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to another 5-year term today.

The 4-1 vote included the dissent Robert Saltzman, the only commission member who was not appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The mayor pledged his support to Beck despite a flurry of last-minute police controversies that include erroneous crime statistics, allegations that the chief intervened in cases involving his badge-wearing daughter, and accusations that he played favorites when it came to officer discipline.

None of it seemed to matter to the commission:

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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20 Million Gallons of Drinking Water Lost in UCLA Flood

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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The L.A. Department of Water and Power said that gusher of a "trunk line" break that caused massive flooding on the UCLA campus cost Angelenos 20 million gallons of perfectly good drinking water.

See also: UCLA Flooded by Tons of Water (PHOTOS)

What's perhaps more amazing than that figure is that the loss only represented about 4 percent of our daily water usage in the city, according to DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo.

One possible reason why Tuesday afternoon's Sunset Boulevard spout was so spectacular and why the flooding was so much worse than any storm has produced for the Westwood campus:

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Former Councilman Alarcon Convicted of Lying About Where He Lives

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM
ALARCON IN EARLIER DAYS, BY KATHLEEN CLARK
  • Alarcon in earlier days, by Kathleen Clark
We really don't ask much of our City Hall leaders. Some have been drug abusers. Others philanderers. One small hoop they must jump through, however, is that they must live in the place they represent.

That, apparently, was too heavy a requirement for former city Councilman Richard Alarcon, who today was convicted of lying about where he lived while he was vying to represent the fine people of Panorama City, which he ultimately did.

See also: Richard Alarcon: Good Riddance and Hello 

He and his wife were both convicted by a jury of multiple felonies:

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL 2010 BY NATE "IGOR" SMITH/L.A. WEEKLY
  • Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 by Nate "Igor" Smith/L.A. Weekly
Raves were pushed out of the L.A. Coliseum after a 15-year-old who had sneaked into Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010 died of an ecstasy overdose. Her demise sparked increased scrutiny that ultimately lead to allegations of corruption at the public venue.

EDC was a 16-and-older weekend festival that saw a claimed 185,000 attendees and was the subject of gatecrashing both on the perimeter and between internal areas, police said. Cops said they arrested 65 people, mostly for drug-related allegations, while fire officials said there were 226 medical emergencies.

See also: Jay Z's Downtown Street Festival Would Pay L.A. Citizens Very Little

A law firm subsequently charged with figuring out how to improve safety at Coliseum raves recommended an 18-and-older policy, which the promoter had already adopted and which the Coliseum Commission enacted before shutting the parties out altogether.

So why, only four years later, is a city-coordinated, Jay Z-curated concert featuring some very similar talent on the streets of downtown L.A. next month going all ages? Didn't L.A. learn its lesson in 2010?

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

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The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival in Grand Park and on downtown city streets Aug. 30 and 31 would pay local taxpayers a relatively small amount for police, street closures and other public services.

See also: Jay Z's Downtown L.A. Fest Could Gouge Taxpayers

A motion introduced by City Council members Herb Wesson and Curren Price yesterday says concert promoter Live Nation "has agreed to enter into a contract with the city, which will include the payment of $500,000 for city services ... " For comparison, 2009's smaller Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center for 17,500 fans cost the city $3.2 million in policing and other costs. Made In America expects 50,000 people.

The proposal to approve the half-million-dollar deal admits that ...

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