Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Surprising new study scores California sprawl

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls occupy block after block. It's hard to walk to see ...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...

L.A. proposal: That’s a pension tax — not a pothole tax

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

This proposal -- allegedly from Los Angeles bureaucrats but almost certainly from new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- got the scorn it deserved on libertarian and conservative websites when it came out Wednesday afternoon: "L.A.'s elected officials should put a half-cent sales tax hike on the November...

Faulconer election won’t stop ‘Los Angelization’ of San Diego politics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, San Diego voters will decide between two City Council members in a special election to fill the remaining 33 months of the mayoral term of disgraced, resigned Bob Filner. The early conventional wisdom was that the clear favorite was Republican Kevin Faulconer, 47, the longest-serving ...

The L.A. Story: Picture worth far more than a thousand words

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Can't really beat this for succintness, can you? New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may think his slight standing up to the L.A. Department of Water and Power shows he's independent. But the Aug. 22 edition of the Southern California Teamster newspaper lets the world know how things work in ...

LAT’s Steve Lopez finally figures out life in California

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

For years, I've written about the muddled thinking of liberal California pundits when it comes to government spending. I find it amazing how little comprehension there is that every dollar that is spent for unnecessary public employee compensation and every dollar that is spent for unnecessary envir...

L.A. mayor’s race and insovency

Sunday, April 7th, 2013


Arid-headed water war breaks out between LA and PHX

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

March 20, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi The word arid has two meanings: insufficient rainfall to grow trees or dull and boring.  The second meaning seems to characterize the level of intelligence that's on display in the recent media water war that has broken out between the major newspapers in Los Ange...

Even L.A. revolting against taxes

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

March 10, 2013 By John Seiler The big news in California the past week was not the mayor's race in Los Angeles. It was the defeat in that election of the half-cent tax increase, Measure A, by 55 percent to 45 percent Just a week ago, polls showed the tax winning. People seemed to be supporting in...

Time to break up Los Angeles

Friday, March 8th, 2013

March 8, 2013 By John Seiler Los Angeles obviously doesn't work. The election of a new mayor, the first phase of which was held Tuesday, won't help. L.A.'s schools are among the worst in the country. Driving through the city is an obstacle course the roads are so bad. The city is visibly deterior...