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Robert Greene

Trouble in the Big Purple Trucks

A TWO-YEAR-OLD INTERNAL PROBE into the financial practices of a politically powerful Los Angeles labor union has uncovered evidence of widespread political-campaign violations and has now spurred a criminal investigation focusing on campaign spending for local elected officials, including former City Councilman Martin Ludlow. Investigators are poring through records of......

Power to the Dogs

The Department of Animal Services has a full-time general manager, a board of five volunteer commissioners, and a rocky relationship with members of the public who complain that management wastes tax money and responds poorly to citizens who offer help or require assistance. The department, in short, differs little from......

A Billionaire’s Bark

Ed Boks was already in L.A. and on the job this week, touring animal shelters and meeting with humane activists and city employees, even though his tenure as the new leader of Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Services — he’ll be the fourth general manager at the troubled agency in......

School Takedown

Laura Chick probably wasn’t trying to sound like Don Vito Corleone when she “suggested” that she audit the Los Angeles Unified School District. “I’ve made them an offer that’s too good for them to turn down,” Chick said last week, announcing her proposal to do a complete top-to-bottom management probe......

Impossible Cure

The real surprise in the abrupt resignation Tuesday of Los Angeles County health director Thomas Garthwaite was that he stuck around as long as he did. He’s only the latest in a string of men hailed as saviors of the mammoth and perpetually crippled health system who escaped a few......

First-Day Chatters

On their first day in office, new City Council members José Huizar and Herb Wesson showed they had already mastered the finer points of council decorum by making sure not to pay attention to public comment.Having made their own speeches and having been praised by the mayor and the city......

Project Greed

The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency has quietly agreed to give up millions of dollars in public money to help rush through a private sale of prime real estate in downtown Los Angeles. In their final meeting before being replaced by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointees, members of the CRA board......

The Let-It-Slide Commission

The message that Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss apparently hoped would come out of last week’s Ethics Commission meeting is that he took on the blind, unthinking monster that is government regulation and won. Weiss himself wasn’t talking, so he had his lawyer state his case to the press......
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