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Real estate developers: all aboard Expo

bill-300.jpg It’s enlightening to look at the Expo line as if I were a real estate developer, a class of businessperson who dominates city government.

Gutless city hall wants to bury planning reform

Mayor Eric Garcetti and several city council members have decided that the issue of a high- rise Los Angeles is too hot to handle and want to throw it into the bottomless pit that is the city hall bureaucracy.

Rosendahl's legacy: clean politics and civic discourse

As a television moderator and a city councilman, the late Bill Rosendahl was fiercely dedicated to good government and clean politics. Even more important, he was dedicated to bringing people together.

Wesson says don't blame electeds for DWP troubles

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson says neither he nor other elected officials are to blame for the troubles of the Department of Water and Power.
The recent history of Los Angeles can be told by a tour of its malls from the sprawling shopping centers designed for the car-mad post-World War II years to the present.

Alex Padilla cautious on Board of Supes expansion

Secretary of State Alex Padilla conceded that the five Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor districts are big but wouldn't say whether he favors proposals to expand the board.

A more humane homeless approach?

When I talked to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, I got the feeling that the city may be moving away from its punitive approach to homelessness and toward something more humane and practical.

Homeless, housing and Nimbys

A missing ingredient in Wednesday’s Los Angeles County town hall-style meeting on homelessness was a frank discussion of the difficulties in filling the great need for affordable housing.

Yaroslavsky says there's no quick fix for homeless

“No one should expect the problem to be solved overnight,” cautioned former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky when I asked him about the latest and most promising aid proposal.

LA CAO Santana and the complexities of homelessness

“Homelessness is a problem that involves thousands of people and requires a massive response but at the end of the day it’s really about one person at a time,“ said Miguel Santana, Los Angeles’ city administrative officer.

Krekorian, bike lanes and street vendors

The negatives and positives of a changing Los Angeles were on display Monday when the chairman of the city council’s budget and finance committee spoke to lawyers, lobbyists, union leaders and other city hall aficionados.

Beutner's praise of journalism pros sounds good

The best part of Austin Beutner’s talk at Columbia was his praise for experienced journalists and his appreciation of the skill their trade requires to cover complex institutions such as Los Angeles city hall.

Garcetti's homeless challenge

After months embracing some of the most punitive anti-homeless laws in the country, Los Angeles city hall has unexpectedly shown a measure of compassion.
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