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Jill McKeon April 23, 2014 at 09:21 am
They all have blood on their hands. Shame, shame, shame on the County Board of Supervisors for notRead More dropping everything and focusing like a non-stop laser on this issue. How many children have to die under the supervision of the County of Los Angeles before the Supervisors will do something!!!
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
DCFS- the Department of Children and Family Services. The department has lots of issues- but at theRead More same time there are a lot of hard workers who care deeply about what they do. The department administration needs to better support the workers so they CAN do their jobs. The challenge lies in changing the way the department is run- more case workers will help immensely- that will be implemented by Fall. But the case workers need to be trained in organizational skills (filing etc.- sounds mundane but critical when you do not want children to get lost in the shuffle).
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emma April 22, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Garcetti's big plans for the future of LA do not preclude raping it's citizens to get there. RapingRead More communities with his massive controversial (i.e. Millennium on Vine) developer funder's TOD developments. Using transit expansion as justification for turning our city over to developer's massive projects, giving them carte blanche to do what they want. Keeping unqualified Villaraigosa appointed head of planning, LoGrande, to continue efforts to disband all zoning laws and codes to make it even easier for developer/community rapists to build what they want, where they want. And charging it's citizens mightily to make up for his failures as president of city council, for years voting to support unions that turned their backs on him and supported Wendy Greuel (and he buried her with their betrayal), and trying to make up for the deficit he played no small part in, now charging the citizens of LA for his ineptness, with potential tax increases. Please read Jack Humphreville's brilliant analysis. http://citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/6776-silly-season-at-city-hall "But what we will not hear is that this billion dollar budget deficit was caused by the fiscally irresponsible City Council who agreed to massive increases in salaries, pensions, and benefits that outstripped the growth in revenues by $500 to $700 million a year. This deficit was financed on the backs of Angelenos by cutting back on the repair and maintenance of our already potholed streets and cracked sidewalks. We will also hear the drum beat for the half cent increase in our sales tax to 9½% to fund the repair our streets and sidewalks. But what we will not hear is that there are viable alternatives to fund the repair of our streets and sidewalks without the need to increase our sales tax to a job killing 9½%, one of the highest in the nation. NOR WILL WE HEAR THAT *MOVE LA, A POLITICALLY POWERFUL TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE WANTS TO INCREASE OUR SALES TAX BY ANOTHER HALF A CENT, RESULTING IN A SALES TAX OF 10%, THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION Nor will we hear about ending hundreds of millions in giveaways to well-connected real estate developers in DTLA...." * MoveLA not only will enable the rape of our communities with massive TOD's (which cause more traffic),but also wants more tax money out of Angelenos for Garcetti's expanded public transit plan and continued sale of our city to his developer buddies.. Enough is enough!
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
The City deciding to end the red light enforcement came about behind the scenes in a little knownRead More way. The City Council discovered to their dismay that the Judges and Commissioners were dismissing red light tickets and they still havn't figured out why. I received one of those tickets and noted that the picture was a generic person- not necessarily me, an it had bangs which I did not wear. The law requires that the picture be a good likeness of the driver. As a portrait artist I realised that the picture had been doctored as it probably was unclear. I researched and discovered that a company from back east was paid to handle these tickets. I telephoned them and they admitted that they hired artists to "fix" the pictures so that it would comply with the California law. Doctoring the evidence is a no no to the courts and to justice. Additionally, under the Constitution you have the right to confront your accuser. When you go to court a traffic officer who was not a witness to the "crime' is tha accuser. He has not witnessed the infraction and indeed he has not had the evidence solely in his possession. The chain has been broken when the server sent the "evidence" to Delaware- or wherever it was. The Corporate heads also told me that their artists handled the evidence and re did the "retouch" as often as they needed to to try to get it to look like your licesne photo. Boy was the chain of evidence broken. I telephoned the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, in Los Angeles, to tell her of what was going on. She was shocked at the unconstitutionality of it and she asked me to call the head of the group that teaches the Commissioners and to let them see how clearly inconstitutional it was. She offered to speak to City Council on the matter, but said that they would have to invite her. I called Council members. They did not extend an invitation to her. The Judges and Commissioners were ordered to dismiss all cases that came via the Corporation that contracted with the City to handle red light cases, because of the unconstitutional way they were handled. To this day the City does not know why.
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 05:28 pm
I meant to mention one more legalistic observation that I may not have made clear but is veryRead More important, that I brought to the Presiding Judge. The evidence has to be at all times in the care custody and control of the officer witness/ accuser. If the chain of evidence is broken or if the evidence has been " tampered" with, such as fixing the photos to be more clear and more like the person, it is damaged and can no longer be used as evidence.
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R. A. Velasquez April 15, 2014 at 08:59 am
Well, it's been until 10pm or later most of the last six years. I didn't go there last year. TheirRead More phone number is supposedly 818-374-5650, so I'd call them and see if they can confirm or disavow staying until 10 or midnight anymore.
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Yes folks. Keep paying your taxes and voting. You can see how well that formula has worked for usRead More in the past. I might even toss in a tip for Uncle Sam this year and ask him to apply it to more foreign aid. I heard that Ukraine needs some bailout money. Either that or give it to a to a too big to fail bank so that they can pay this year's executive bonuses. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Autumn April 15, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Like I've said before: To all the idiots who voted an idiot not for one term but 2! Sit back andRead More enjoy the ride!!!!
Shipping containers at the Port of Long Beach. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Scott Zwartz April 9, 2014 at 07:32 pm
This report should make Mickey Kantor the laughingstock of Los Angeles. He thinks that appointingRead More an Office of Transparency and Accountability, where Garcetti and the City Council appoint 4 of the 5 members, will stop Garcetti and the City Council from gross incompetence and corruption. This report was more Mickey Mouse than anything else. For example, Garcetti's Hollywood Community Plan had a 70,000 page Administrative Record. After reviewing everything, Judge Goodman found that Garcetti and the Council had subverted the law. That was something which Mickey just happened to over look in his farce, A Time for Action. After all, Mickey is a downtown lawyer so he should be an expert on subverting the law. So you write a comprehensives report on how to fix LA and omit the most important event in the last two years!?! We've got 35 community plans. That would be 2,450,000 pages for this Office of Transparency to review if it limited itself to only the community plans and ignored the millions of other pages of nonsense. Even if the Office members were not all stooges of a corrupt city hall, they physically could not do the job. Only an idiot would make such a suggestion. And, what about Accountability? How does Mickey Mouse think the Office with no power will hold people accountable? They will write reports!!! WOW, Shock, I am certain Garcetti is cowering in fear. Oh, No, Heaven forbid, they will write a report! The biggest mystery is how this group of yahoos did not realize what fools, utter fools, they make of themselves with the Office of Transparency and Accountability. In fact Mickey could have shown the way for transparency by revealing his conflict on interest about the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Transparency, I guess, is not for the rich and powerful. Just when one thinks this clown car of altercockers couldn't be more inane, they turn themselves to the matter of community plans. Do they mention that Judge Goodman just through out the prototype of all future community plans, the Hollywood Community Plan, as a subversion of the law? There is no mention that community plans are a compendium of lies with the single goal to justify giving more tax dollars to developers? What does the esteemed commission want? That the city should turn out these subversions of the law faster and faster -- "Do them all by 2020" cries the Commission. Some people act as if they just arrived from Mars; this commission beamed in from Uranus. They wrote "Plans were adopted almost two decades ago and haven’t been updated since. Without valid information it’s difficult to assess where, for example, to put bus stops or transit lines that reflect a community’s current circumstances and future needs." No one who is concerned with city government does not know that Garcetti is changing the law so that community plans will NOT monitor infrastructure! Not a word about THAT absurdity in Mickey's report. [BTW, The Hywd Plan was 26 years ago. Get a calculator.] This Commission and its *&@# Report merits all the derision and insults that one can muster. The idea that anyone would write such sheer balderdash is close to inconceivable. "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton 1887, "Corruption destroys." Hywdwoodians Encouraging Logical Planning 2014
Dan Tomlinson April 9, 2014 at 09:15 am
I'm all for recycling, but this is a terribly flawed plan. Who is going to sort the trash?Read More Currently, my trash hauler does it for me. I can't afford to hire someone to do it and I suspect most businesses are in the same boat. So it all will go in the black trash bin and nothing will be recycled. One step forward, two steps back!
Jeff April 9, 2014 at 09:46 am
Let us not forget the obvious. We have the city issuing blue, black and green cans. Any bottleRead More recycling is usually removed by dumpster entrepreneurs before trash day. They have a right but lose that right if I am paying the city or some service to haul it away. It's against the law but I see no enforcement but then again I am not going to take food from the hungry or needy. I just wish they didn't rip the bags and throw my garbage everywhere in the process of searching for recyclables which I return personally. I don't have an answer but based on my observation this law is worthy of lawsuits and restraints of trade . Bring on The Apartment Owners Association of Greater Los Angeles and it's competition Apartment Owners Association.
Don Jagg April 9, 2014 at 08:41 pm
It seems like we have a City Council that sits around all day thinking of ways to put people out ofRead More business. I wonder how much it will cost us taxpayers to defend all of the inevitable lawsuits?
Los Angeles Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander propose a half-cent sale tax incrase to fund backlogged maintenance of city streets and sidewalks. Patch file photo.
Scott Zwartz April 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm
It is another scam. While the money will go into a fund to repair streets, an equal amount ofRead More money will got out of the fund to repair funds and then be given to the billionaire developers. Gaarcetti just agve $67 Million in tax dollars to Korean Airlines. Does Korean Airlines need $67 Million of our dollars? The Hollywood-Highland project lost about $1/2 BILLION and Garcetti has yet to account for one cent. How many millions of dollars have gone to Garcetti's best buds at CIM Group? $11 M for Hollywood-we4stern, $6 (?) Million Sunset Gorden, $30 M (guarantee) Hollywood Highland? Has Garcetti asked for the $6 Million back from Hal Katersky for 1601 N Vine? What Garcetti's fund raiser pal, Federal Felon with 4 years at Leavenworth for real estate fraud? How much money has the City lost with that crook's project where Hollywood used to have a SEARS store? In sales tax losses alone with all those stores plus SEARS b eing closed for 5 Years, how many millions have we lost there? How Millions have we lost in sales taxes from the fiasco at the The Metro Complex where there are NO RETAIL stores and it is 12 years later. Things just get worse and worse. The reason we lack sales taxes to fix the roads is that Garcetti gives away our money tax money. Any and all tax increases in Los Angeles have one recipient -- the corrupt developers. One way or an other every cent we have goes to the felons like Garcetti's Juri Ripinsky. What more do Angelenos need to know than that Garcetti's fund raiser did 4 years in Leavenworth for real estate fraud and Garcetti gives him a major project in the heart of Los Angeles. In Hollywood Patch were more than a mouth piece for the City, it would have done a huge story on the FEDERAL FELON AND GARCETTI FUND RAISER JURI RIPINISKY.
emma April 6, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Regarding Eric Garcetti and Millennium..Garcetti recently returned from Washington D.C. with PromiseRead More Funds from President Obama. The head of Youth Policy Institute, who helped coordinate the funds going to Hollywood and East Hollywood, is one of the biggest 'bundlers'/ fundraisers for both Obama and Garcetti campaigns. For Garcetti campaigns for many years..The designated Promise Fund Zones are not what you would expect..like South L.A., but rather Hollywood and East Hollywod, coincidentally (??) both areas where Garcetti boss, Millennium's proposed projects are. Millennium now will get big tax breaks and government funding for their Hollywood Cap Park in East Hollywood . Millennium's website and Millennium funded O'Farrell, whom Garcetti has now appointed head of Parks and Rec to assure Millennium Cap Park (above a freeway in earthquake country), goes smoothly, are bragging about this government windfall for Millennium projects. Councilmembers Parks and Price both acted appalled about these funds not going to their needier areas, which was all a 'show' for their disappointed and disgruntled constituents, since BOTH councilmembers most likely knew what Garcetti was up to..Price made a flowery speech the day city council voted to approve Millennium Vine projects, about how good for the area they are, and he did good for his Millennium boss who sat there smiling, as he was supported ($$$$) by them and the Millennium supported Hollywood Chamber for his city council bid. Both councilmembers voted Garcetti/O'Farrell way, supporting Millennium Vine projects and followed O'Farrell's lead to a unanimous vote for Millennium, now on hold due to the dangerous fault line strands underneath building site. If Garcetti can get government funds for his boss Millennium's controversial projects, that are so opposed (Vine St. projects) there are law suits against them, ..why can't he get them to pony up the money to fix our streets? There really needs to be an investigation here ..as there is just too much crooked stuff going on.
ruth April 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Promise Funds/Garcetti/Millennium L.A. Times finally covered this controversial fiasco today:Read More Government Promise Funds..L.A. Times.. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-obama-garcetti-promise-zone-20140407,0,6180109,full.story#axzz2yDTeOtYi
Poster warns that marrying to help someone's immigrant status is a crime. Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Pepsi1gurl March 30, 2014 at 09:04 am
Does Gay Marriage qualify for a Green Card? If not if we were to imprison both participants in thisRead More scam it would solve two problems. Fraud and illegal immagration. Or put them in interment Camps for a year and then see if they are still "married"
U - M March 30, 2014 at 09:21 am
Why don't you keep your homophobe vomit to yourself, " Pepsi1gurl".
David March 30, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Why would any rational person want to get married in a church anyway?
Los Angeles County officials want to train foster parents, social workers and other caregivers to spot signs of sexual exploitation in children. Patch file photo.
Charles Murray March 26, 2014 at 09:05 am
Despicable and disgusting. But it's not surprising in the least that the system allows things likeRead More this to go on, based on how any government agencies seem to operate (or fail to operate as it may be). Although I cannot judge any particular foster family or group home, I have seen too many situations where the fostering feels money-motivated. Therefore, it would make sense that such "foster parents" would allow these kids to be exposed to such abuses, as long as the dollar is king. Shame.
Henry Xavier March 26, 2014 at 09:52 am
There are other avenues that Churches have known well before the city's have been alerted ofRead More exploration of minors in various ways. Now the city's have considered to use churches to help solve this problem. One of them is called the "Dream Center". Your contribution to Angelus Temple is greatly appreciated to stop this, as we continue on the right path. We have tours of the "Dream Center" on Sunday near Echo Park downtown L.A. Henry
mimi March 26, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I can assure you that social workers, probation officers, foster parents and employees of groupRead More homes are well versed in the signs of sexual exploitation of children. The problem isn't lack of education or not knowing what to look for. The issue is ENFORCEMENT Of the laws that protect minors from predators. The system is broken, corrupt and in need of a complete overhaul. Until and unless that happens, nothing is going to change. One more training class will assuage the guilt of those who should be reporting the crimes instead of looking the other way.
Twitter photo of the reopening of the Vanowen Street Bridge.
Don March 21, 2014 at 09:14 am
A ninety day operation. Even with budget cutbacks the funds were allocated, committed thenRead More de-committed! Does anyone see how expensive these stumbled starts, restarts, demobilizing, re-mobolizing over three years cost the taxpayers. Give me those two tallies so we can see how ineptly manged our City Managers mismanaged our money!! Yeah I see that happening. Whoosh, when pigs fly and that cow jumps over the moon
The Los Angeles City Council called for an investigation into whether fracking caused Monday's earthquake. Photo credit: Jonathan Oyama
Amar Rao March 20, 2014 at 01:23 pm
As Lucy Jones of Caltech observed, this is highly unlikely; the earthquake was at three times theRead More depth of the deepest well in the VA area. Please rely on science here just as much as we would in the climate change arena.
venicebeachpress.com March 21, 2014 at 04:54 am
Brentwood resident. Fracking not cta, stay on point. Fracking laws in ca are non existant. They doRead More nothing but allow crazy fracking. If you take the position that destroying our planet and gutting out the ground for oil and greed is cool then so be it. I disagree and think your ignorance is your problem. And yes jerry wood, greedy pigs you dummy!
Mara T March 23, 2014 at 12:09 am
Use wave energy then.. Oil is only still used due to corporate greed, CA clearly is ready for anRead More alternate source.
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced he was suing Time Warner today.
Frank Estrada March 14, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Our money starved city needs more for its greedy public servants and their pensions..God forbid theyRead More actually spend it on us taxpayers!!!
Greg Kutsch March 15, 2014 at 11:33 am
i'll bet that 10 million won't go too far
Medical marijuana dispensaries paid $1.6 million in taxes to the city of Los Angeles. Patch file photo.
Malcolm Kyle March 12, 2014 at 01:54 am
Prohibition was flawlessly designed to increase drug use, atomize society, impoverish citizens,Read More spread illness, increase unemployment, destroy lives, imprison productive people, subvert democracy, shred the Constitution, empower the ignorant & brutal, facilitate mass surveillance, destroy the educational system, hold people in ignorance, manipulate and censor the media, and enrich a tiny puritanical minority of mega-millionaires and corporate bosses. Sadly, it has succeeded in all these objectives.
David Ogilvy March 12, 2014 at 09:49 am
$1.6 mil. That will get you a LOT of pizza, Lisa Sarkin.
david March 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm
And now dozens are closing because they aren't Prop D. compliant, mind you the measure was approvedRead More by an overwhelming 22% voter turn out. This apathetic approach to voting needs to stop in Los Angeles, in California, and in the United States of America. Look at Colorado's marijuana tax revenue since January. We are missing out on so much money for public prosperity through this enterprise and we will regret not passing Prop. 19 even more once it is finally legalized recreationally out here also.
The MWD will spend millions to let you know there's a drought in California. Photo Credit: Getty.
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Here we go again! Millions spent for publicity that will be reimbursed by the consumer. Rates willRead More be increased in order to influence more conservative use of domestic water. When consumers do succeed in reducing water consumption the Water companies will cry to the PUC to allow them to increase rates again because of loss of revenue caused by reduced consumption. History does repeat itself and the consumers don't learn!
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Plus they want you to use less water so that the developers can continue their building projects. IfRead More we don't have enough for the present population why are they inducing more growth?
rob March 13, 2014 at 07:03 am
As long as we have money grabbing politicians, city councilmen, etc. etc. our problems will continueRead More to grow. The city government in San Juan are into it just for the money, they can care less about our city and the people. They have other issues they need to take care of. Traffic issues downtown are crazy, even dangerous. I sat at Del Obispo and Alipaz going towards town on Del Obispo, the traffic back up was horrible, especially when the train signal turns red at the tracks and you sit and sit while people are blocking intersections, making illegal uturns because they cant handle the gridlock. What is crazy is the cross traffic going west bound on Alipaz is only 2-3 cars yet we sit forever at the red light. Yep, this is our city council at it's best. JOKE
City and police officials are enlisting the help of real estate agents to help prevent the proliferation of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. Patch file photo.
Merriam Webster March 11, 2014 at 10:08 am
Pot proponents also seem to miss the point of Feuer's crackdown. It will only be on ILLEGAL potRead More dispensaries. You'll still be able to get your pot from the legal pot shops, which are plentiful in this town. Surely, you can't object to that!
John Mekrut March 11, 2014 at 11:50 am
This is about proliferation and concentration. Prop D was intended to put some limits on that. IRead More have nothing against marijuana or the industry, I just would prefer more diversity of retailers. Studio City has way-y-y more than it's share of the business. The responsibility resides with unscrupulous landlords who are knowingly renting to illegal businesses. I don't think realtors should be the only ones held accountable, they're hired agents for the landlord. That's who gets the rent check. It's ultimately their responsibility to know who their tenants are and what they do in their building.
Lisa Sarkin March 12, 2014 at 08:06 am
Landlords will be a major part of the crackdown.
The recent rains in Southern California didn't make much dent in the current drought, water experts said. Patch file photo.
Eric Maundry March 6, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Pettis is in debt up to his ears. It only makes sense that he is SCAG prexy. He is a financialRead More imbecile. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130706/NEWS01/307060024/Greg-Pettis-drew-private-pay-while-public-business
Robert J. Sutton March 7, 2014 at 09:20 am
Of coarse the rain was meaningless. How would our left leaning State pass another big water rateRead More increase or another Bond issue for Billions of tax payers money if you puppets did not lay the ground work. Bob Sutton
The L.A. City Council moved to regulate e-cigarettes much in the same way regular cigarettes are. Patch photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime.
Allan March 5, 2014 at 08:40 am
You could also do what we did and leave the state. We left for Florida exactly one year ago thisRead More month. City business fees went from about 250.00 a year to 50.00 a year. No state income tax and still have a surplus. No CRV or ban on plastic bags. You don't have people going through your trash nor do you a lot of bags on the street. Why you might ask? When you're treated like an adult, you act like an adult.
John March 5, 2014 at 09:53 am
And when you act like a child, you're treated like one. Hence: Seat belt laws, unleaded gas,Read More distracted driving laws (that no-one seems to obey), DWI checkpoints, .... As for "Harmless vapor" reminds me of the doctors recommending "______ cigarettes" to help w/digestion. You don't know exactly what's in your "Juice", and that's fine. Do it @ home or outside, in a shed, perhaps in an old refrigerator.... And don't forget to put a quarter in the parking meter so I don't have to read about your civil rights being violated when you receive the inevitable ticket. As for leaving for Florida, by all means....or Arizona.
U - M March 5, 2014 at 05:56 pm
Oh, the land of the " free". Nice. It's becoming more like a witch hunt for anybody whoRead More smokes or uses fake cigs. Pathetic. But it's ok for people to let their engines of their cars run while waiting for someone, the black diesel smokes from the school buses, no, that's not toxic to our kinds and the ones driving behind those buses. But, wait ! Those are not individuals who we can harass, they are way too big to pick on and also we all " benefit' and do it ourselves. So, that is ok. We're getting there, to have to tip toe around everybody, because they might be offended or bothered for any reason. As I said, freedom, what a nice concept.
Marcie Edwards is the new general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Photo courtesy of DWP.
AKM March 4, 2014 at 09:10 am
yeah been dealing with this foul up for months now...didnt get a bill for 2 months and then get aRead More whopping bill of over 600 due in a weeks time and then more on top of that..i have several emails back n forth with them and told them to even take off the late charge...i paid it, but argued that i didnt owe that much including more charges since then - 2 bed apartment shouldnt owe that much!
Sherry Barnett March 4, 2014 at 09:20 am
The city needs to get involved and give DWP customers not only reasonable payment plans to pay offRead More exorbitant bills that they weren't billed for on time, but compensation for the stress they've put their customers under - as well as the inaccuracies of the bill that we're all at the mercy of. And the DWP is sending out bills that include "late fees"?!?! Shame on you DWP!
Bob Peppermuller March 4, 2014 at 11:09 am
Believe me LADWP has the blow torch on their backside. I met Marcie last Saturday at LADWPRead More headquarters before she even started. First thing out of the small audience was examples of screwed up bills. Fred Pickle the rate payer advocate was there also. He had been beat on at a prior meeting. LADWP faced a monumental task of doing a complete redo of their very old system (COBOL) which could no longer handle today's information super highway. What kind of beta testing they did I don't know. LADWP is scrambling to fix things. I advised that when things settle down not to let go information technology people that support their new software. I had gone through a similar scenario in private industry where, even after things are moving along smoothly, problems do crop up because of the complexity of today's software. Example: Obama Care.
As many as 22 percent of riders don't pay their fares on the Valley's Orange Line Metro buses. Patch file photo.
Do not take a Lane out on Lankershim for bikes February 26, 2014 at 08:40 am
The ese way to solve some of this promble and cut down on the deputies is by doing lock turn stailesRead More like they have at North Hollywood.
irma glutz February 26, 2014 at 09:46 am
Duh... what a stupid city we have.. overspending on contractors to build/maintain things, and thenRead More having no monitoring system for the bus/rail fares and the & city code violators... seems like it's not rocket science to most, except the City of Los Angeles system. Don't get me started
William (Praxis) February 26, 2014 at 11:10 am
Don't worry; we won't get you started, Irma. :-)
Credit: Jonathan Oyama
Sean McCarthy February 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Let's wait and see what the council does.
Brentwood Resident # 49 February 26, 2014 at 01:18 pm
Nora and Homewood - Fracking does contribute to micro earthquakes, magnitude less than 2, with theRead More largest injection induced earthquake being 3.6 , still not very damaging. While I agree that this should be considered as well as the water issue here in California and specifically Los Angeles City, the pros also need to be considered. Maybe a portion of the proceeds from the fracking can go towards projected increased water costs? Maybe all fracking that takes place in Los Angeles must provide their own water and not take DWP water to perform their drilling process?
Sean McCarthy March 1, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Okay. What about the Daily News article that states: "The top equity holding in fiscal yearRead More 2013 for the pension fund for civilian employees was the ExxonMobil stock, worth at least $115 million, records show. Exxon is also the second largest equity — worth $80 million — in the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions fund, records show. The two portfolios also own a combined $100 million in stock in Chevron, another company that practices fracking." POSTED: 02/27/14, 8:55 PM PST Are we saying that its okay for Los Angeles pension funds to make money off of fracking as long as it is done someplace else, right?
The Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee unanimously advanced a proposed ordinance that would restrict the use of e-cigarettes in Los Angeles. Patch file photo.
Barbara Snowberger February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm
I was asked to go to e-digs 5 years ago by a friend who has severe asthma. Her husband used to be aRead More smoker; he stopped by using e-cigs which didn't bother my friend's asthma, at all. I find it difficult to fathom why, if something does NOT affect a severe asthma sufferer, our elected officials would vote to take away a valuable tool that hasn't proved to be offensive to others with severe breathing problems. "Getting out front" of something you don't know is harmful to others, is as ridiculous as supposing that anyone wearing Google glasses has impaired driving. Why not spend time on our water worries instead of preventing good people from once again being able to fraternize in places where REAL tobacco smoke can actually harm people? As Judge Judy would say: "Put on your listening ears, you morons!"
John Wayne's Honda February 26, 2014 at 01:38 pm
Here's an idea work on something important like our broken roads.
SimpleMist.com February 26, 2014 at 02:17 pm
I think the questions is less about innovation & disruption. I think it's more about the lossesRead More in revenue in Federal & State level taxing through Sales & Excise taxes. Since the "Internet" is unregulated or mildly regulated, there is no tax collection therefor losses for the government occur and Budgets turn upside down. The solution isn't really Ban Online Sales to collect tax, claiming "how else can we verify age". It's let's let the laws lead, by creating ways to verify age in this new world economy. Doesn't the Government & Private industry use Online Click Agreements to verify Age, DoB, et al on State Drivers License renewals? Federal Passports? Government Visa's issued? Credit Card Applications? etc...? We know there are solutions, we know there are ways, let's curb the easy way out and focus on aligning our skills, talents and Political offices/leaders to work smarter. Not find loopholes to push their agendas? :)
Devastation after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Patch file photo.
Scott Zwartz February 24, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Yes, many landlords lack rehab funds, but who is poorer than the landlords? The tenants. This isRead More one more example of placing the greatest financial burdens on the people who can least afford it. The city is the one who fell down on the job -- it has had decades to locate these structures and help the owners retrofit them. Instead, the city gave $1.5 BILLION to a billionaire real estate developers for things like a $52 M parking garage next to Eli Broad's art museum. If the City is going to give away tax dollars, it should give it so that the money benefits the people who need help and NOT to multi-billionaires like Eli Broad.
Sheri Haas February 25, 2014 at 08:15 am
Michael, I do share responsibility, I pay rent. If you can't afford to be a building owner, don't beRead More one. I could use some financial assistance occasionally, but my landlord is not my support system and tenants should not share in landlord's financial issues. Plus, the proposal lacks details, rent control suspended for how long, rent increases allowed for what amount and when. City Council needs a Renault, not rent control.
Sheri Haas February 25, 2014 at 08:16 am
Rehaul not Renault.
ace February 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
let's build more houses and more industrial/commercial properties and worry about the water later.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 24, 2014 at 06:44 pm
As they make it more difficult to live outside the urban area, cut off water to farms, the buildingRead More will be more centralized.....Agenda 21. Cutting off water to outside areas is in the framework.....
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Ace - We have done that, now you are seeing the consequences.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in a change to union member benefits that could save the county $840 million.
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:35 am
Scott, actually, you are on tg something! It is, absolutely, wrong to give extra benefits toRead More government employees, since we, all, are working for USA, Inc., i.e., we are ALL government employees. I will post a piece on UNIONS. mz mikiesmoky@aol.com
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN February 20, 2014 at 05:41 am
TRADE AND SERVICE UNIONS DEFINITION: A number of persons joining together for someRead More common purpose. TYPES OF UNIONS: Private and public FACTS: Private and public unions negotiate with employers to obtain specific goals for those persons being represented. Subjects for negotiations include wages, benefits, and working conditions. If negotiations result in additional costs to an employer: a.A private employer will absorbed those costs or will pass some or all to the customers. b.A public employer will have its “rainy-day” funds reduced or will raise additional revenue from its taxpayers. ANALYSIS: a.If a private employer absorbs additional negotiated costs, margins will be affected, which will reduce taxable income, which will cause a reduction in the value of the employer’s business. If the employer passes on the additional costs to its customers, it would be inflationary and the customers would have less spendable funds for other expenditures, which may adversely affect the economics. In most instances of higher costs, those costs will be passed on to the customers. b.If a public employer raises additional revenue from its taxpayers, the taxpayers will have less spendable funds and that may adversely affect the economics. c.When a politician, economist, or anyone else calls for high-paying union jobs, they are implying that there be a shift of wealth from customers to the high-paying union jobs. mz February 26, 2011
Sheri Haas February 20, 2014 at 06:23 am
Nick, huh?
The Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. Patch file photo.
Don February 18, 2014 at 03:32 pm
So in a tight economy where tourism is down, LA City council is going to study increasing the costsRead More for hotels, who already charge a bed tax, outrageous parking Be careful, visitors are not here to be fleeced as that is a bad reputation to clear yourself of. Besides the CBO came out today with the Prez proposal to raise the minimum wage, Guess what: jobs will be lost.that's the same correlation here in LA: jobs will be lost and efficiency mechanisms will be put in place. Numbskull move