Illustration by Kyle T. Webster$500 richer?The red-light rebels of L.A. were all kinds of thrilled yesterday to learn that the LAPD's Board of Police Commissioners had voted 5-0 to tear down incriminating cameras placed at 32 of the city's busiest intersections, just waiting for a careless ca ... More >>
Kyle T. Websteroops 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 bur ... More >>
Kyle T. WebsterL.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 City Council will begi ... More >>
Kyle T. WebsterLess 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. May ... More >>
Kyle T. WebsterScott Svonkin going off. Nothing new.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.
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Kyle T. WebsterVillaraigosa claimed LA faced bankruptcy, and got his rate hike.Update: Hands down, these two L.A. DWP reform measures are the huge winners tonight. As of 12:20 a.m. Wed., Measure I had 77.35 percent yes, and Measure J had 81.27 percent. Early election returns for March 8, 2011 s ... More >>
Kyle T. WebsterIs this subway good for traffic or just a good way to burn money?Despite evidence that the recently approved "Subway to the Sea" down the Wilshire Corridor would do little to ease congestion (yet would cost you $9 billion and counting), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa th ... More >>
Kyle T. WebsterL.A. Mayor Antonio VillaraigosaYet another budgetary dust up is developing at Los Angeles City Hall this week, this time involving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Fire Department brass, whose 51 assistants may have to hit the streets to help fight fires due to a may ... More >>
Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov wrote a fascinating item in his "Tipoffs" column yesterday, noting that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is reworking his image by making staff changes and looking at what public services the city can afford.Kyle T. WebsterL.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ... More >>