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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).
Pamela Conley Ulich April 23, 2014 at 05:30 pm
I believe it is time for action, not further study. It is time for respect, not dismissiveness.Read More The Commission unanimously concluded that a "State of Emergency" exists in the current child protection system. Reform will only take as long or as little time as 3 votes on the Board of Supervisors decide it will take. If elected to serve the 3rd District, I will implement the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon task force, and not ask for yet another study. The report uncovers the fact that 4 months have transpired since the Commission issued its interim recommendation which everyone agreed was both urgent and able to be implemented with current resources - - - the recommendation that medical screening exams should be performed on detained children under the age of one. (see p. 12) How could the Board fail to act at least on this one simple recommendation? LA County Supervisors can use their discretionary funds to implement the hiring of a Child Welfare Chief/Czar before more innocent children become the next victims. LA County voters will be given the opportunity to vote for 2 new Supervisors in the June primary and in November this year. I hope and pray that the newly elected Supervisors will make protecting children a priority.
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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.
Los Angeles is facing years of budget deficits, says an analyst. Patch file photo.
Allan April 19, 2014 at 01:22 pm
Don, I have advocated just that and been whispering it into Wendy Gruel's ear before she even becameRead More controller. It was a problem way back then. Should have done it back a few years and the city would be on the way to recovery. You know this is going to be a prelude to the raising of taxes or maybe raising parking to 5.00 an hour.
Don April 21, 2014 at 06:03 am
What they don't tell you is how they make up that deficit each year. Cut back in services MortgagingRead More City assets to pay back tomorrow for today's bad management LA county mortgaged assets in the 90's-350 major buildings. We're still paying off yesterday today
Chris B April 21, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Mr. Santana also said that the last budget would not work unless there were layoffs of cityRead More employees or a 1/2 percent sales tax. There was not a sales tax increase, and, no layoffs happened. "Cry wolf" too many times, and we don't believe you. cb
Soon, only one trash hauler may serve in each of the 11 geographic zones in Los Angeles for apartments and businesses. Patch file photo.
Don April 17, 2014 at 06:18 am
Hey San Fernando Valleyites. Secession sounds pretty good again doesn't it
Kathy Hughes April 17, 2014 at 08:24 am
So, I want to know how many of you live in apt buildings? There is 0 recycling going on there. IRead More think having the separate bins its a great idea-you do remember the reason for recycling, our planet right? I have no idea if the way its being proposed its the best way, but its better than no way at all. Try thinking of the global picture
Allan April 17, 2014 at 08:27 am
Yes, I do remember the reason for recycling. To give a leg up to the homeless and the illegalsRead More going through the bins.
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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?
This fake gun was altered to look more real. Patch file photo.
socalheartsnow March 28, 2014 at 11:50 am
I agree. Toy guns should be an all bright color like orange or yellow so you can tell it's a toy.Read More What about bringing back super soakers…
rob vanasco March 28, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Gun safety LA City Council....lol what a joke!! When LAPD disregards every gun safety rule inRead More existence and dumps their magazines into a truck being driven by two women delivering newspapers and luckily not killing them or anybody else...the Mayor and City council call it a 'reasonable mistake' ...lol. So much for gun safety, If they were principled in their beliefs those officers would be facing jail time not out on the street still endangering the very public they claim to want to protect with their anti Constitutional gun control laws. Just goes to show it's all a lie and the mayor and city council are only concerned with THEIR safety. Because rest assured had a civilian 'been scared' and shot at those officers in mistaken identity they woudl facing the death penalty. Tyranny at its best.
Pepsi1gurl March 30, 2014 at 08:57 am
Agree. And a Fake City Council should look like a Fake City Council and stop trying to look like aRead More real City Council
Environmentalists say Los Angeles needs more trees.
John jones March 26, 2014 at 08:27 pm
400,000 people die every year from Climate Change. I, myself, am suffering from early symptoms ofRead More Climate Change. More focus and money needs to be directed towards this important topic.
Scott Zwartz March 27, 2014 at 05:49 am
The Garcetti Administration does not want any trees. It wants fewer trees in order to makeRead More Hollywood look more like Manhattan. There were three huge shade trees along Hollywood Boulevard, but one of Garcetti's CRA projects wanted to have signage splashed across the front of the mixed-use project. Thus, these mature trees were cut down so that the public could see the retail signage. The project has been open for a year without a single retail tenant and with no trees. Look at all the trees Garcetti planted at the Metro Apartments on the S/E corner of Hollywood and Western. It's the null set. If you want a tree in front of your house, you have to plant it yourself AND pay off Garcetti for the right to beautify the City. No tree may be planted without the property owner first paying Garcetti a permit fee, but if you contribute enough to Garcett's political campaigns, the city will come and cut down any trees in front of a retail establishment. Why is it that Garcetti gives $67 Million in tax dollars to Korean Airlines, but wants us to raise city taxes on ourselves by $4.5 BILLION?
Status Quo March 27, 2014 at 09:14 am
'John Jones'... Bolderdash, without substantiation.
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.
The DWP will be open on Saturdays for the next eight weeks to help resolve customers' billing issues. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
AKM March 21, 2014 at 08:22 pm
Thats exactly what i want to do on my saturdays! NOT..and if i do..it would entail me..with all myRead More bills from July when they only sent me a bill for $1.30..and then all without telling us you were changing the billing system..sent me a $600 bill due in a week and i called and emailed you and got no response for WEEKS...and i told you the amount was too high..but i paid it..and then 2 months later here comes a $500 bill...my bill has never been over $250 in the summer or whenever..so either i go all the way to van nuys or wait forever on hold or wait my whole saturday for dwp to call me...guess i have no choice..
Carl Petersen III March 22, 2014 at 09:29 am
AKM: Try calling them. We had our problem resolved pretty quickly. I think that they have added moreRead More people.
AKM March 22, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Ok ill give it a whirl.. thanks!
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 Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said it would take an estimated $3.86 billion to fix the "city's worst streets" and about $640 million to repair the "city's worst sidewalks." Patch file photo.
Jo March 19, 2014 at 06:57 pm
When we complained to Mitch Englander that the parkways and sidewalks are disgraceful along ourRead More major streets such as Tampa and Devonshire we were told we should try to enforce the law 56.08 requiring those adjacent owners to clean up those blighted messes so we delivered hundreds of Did You Know letters to no avail...still looking like a 3rd world country along our major streets. We were told WE should try to enforce the City's law because they laid off all their enforcement staff except one guy named Charles Boyd for the Valley and he does dozens of other things so he doesn't enforce LAMC 56.08. We were told WE should enforce the law by hand delivering DYK letters or WE should clean up our violating neighbors' parkways & sidewalks. We have been doing BOTH of these things...You see us every Thursday for FOUR years now cleaning the law breakers' messy parkways...mowing their weeds, trimming their trees, sweeping their sidewalks. AND, also every Thursday for FOUR YEARS we have been putting out orange cones and doing the City's street sweeping along Wilbur, Chatsworth, Tampa, Devonshire, Corbin, etc. DISGRACEFUL is all I can say. And, after I organized these Thursday volunteers, now I feel bad for them because I hate LA City so much that I am moving out of the state to a low tax state, Pennsylvania...no taxes on any form of pensions, SS, mandatory IRA withdrawals at 70, low sales taxes, low gas taxes, the best schools in the entire nation, and best of all beautiful parkways and medians...Yep, I couldn't take it any more. The good citizens will move away, and the people that don't give a rip will stay. I'm too tired to fight City Hall any more, they don't care, their priorities are the union campaign donations, that is #1 for them, not our services. Sign up to receive City Watch so you know what's going on. Read Jack Humphreyville's articles for the City's financial details, very scarey as LA heads toward HALF of the budget being consumed by pensions & retiree benefits.
CYNTHIA PRICE March 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm
The $$s our officials say they need is a flat out lie. 1. We have current City employees on theRead More payroll who can cheaply fix potholes and sidewalks (cement is dirt cheap) and if they don't have enough employees, we can hire 10 full time employees to fix the streets & buy the cement for a few million; instead of the 1 billion going to a private contractor who will profit.....well if you do the numbers...about a Billion; minus the few million it will actually cost. Would like to see the city's estimate of $ per sq foot to fix a pothole or street. Should be between $10-$30 psf depending on depth/difficulty.
Jo March 21, 2014 at 06:11 pm
Recent survey says 55% of voters will vote NO to this sale tax increase. Sales taxes are lower inRead More other states. Read this article about this subject on City Watch: http://citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/6624-say-no-to-the-city-s-4-5-billion-tax-there-are-better-ways-to-fix-la-s-streets
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
The state approved an audit of the DWP's billing system. Patch file photo.
AKM March 13, 2014 at 08:07 am
And yet I continue to pay my bill ..I still have all my correspondence with dwp and all my inquiriesRead More about my disputes with my bill total..and now it gets public attention??!! Ridiculous
MICHAEL ZITTERMAN March 13, 2014 at 10:27 am
There should be an audit and exposure to the public of the salaries and benefits. mz
AKM March 13, 2014 at 10:44 am
hey and i just got this email from them to my work email which i NEVER gave to DWP and furthermoreRead More have paid them so much money i dont owe...this is still ridiculous!: Your email address is associated with an LADWP account that may be overdue. If your account is overdue, please make full payment today. Payments can be made online at www.ladwp.com or by phone with no waiting on hold at 1-800-DIAL-DWP using our automated payment system. Just select 2 at the prompt or say “pay bill” and you will be routed to our payment system.  Payments can also be made in-person at any of our 15 regional Customer Service Centers. If you have a question about your bill, please contact us online at ladwp.com/ContactUs with your name, address and account number or call us at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397) seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. If contacting us by phone, we now offer a personal call back option which allows callers to opt to receive a call back from a Customer Service Representative, rather than wait on hold. If you have already made payment and your account is current, thank you.  Please disregard this notice. Thank you, George Rofail Assistant Director of Customer Services, Revenue and Credit Management
The state approved an audit of the DWP's billing system. Patch file photo.
Eyewearinsight March 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm
This did not just start it has been an ongoing problem. We had trouble when we moved into ourRead More current home in 2009 and didn't get a bill until a full 8 months later. We were not given an explanation and the $200 a month bill was way more than we could have used at that time. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=8094605
Alicia Albek March 14, 2014 at 01:24 pm
I've been calling for the last 3 days , since I found out about this and I've been holding for anRead More HOUR not 30 minutes and I finally hang up since no one answers. Plus we went from 6 people to 3 people in our household and we're being charged the same or more. How can that be??
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.
The Los Angeles City Council took the first steps to stopping hydraulic fracturing in the area. Patch file photo.
Sean McCarthy March 1, 2014 at 02:21 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?
Brentwood Resident # 49 March 2, 2014 at 07:19 am
@ Sean - the pension funds are not managed by politicians who vote to improve their politicalRead More standing instead of voting based on facts and what is best for whatever constituents they represent. The pensions are managed by asset managers who are simply trying to achieve a return on investment at some agreed upon level of risk. Fracking is 60 years old, and proven safe if done correctly. Rather than ban fracking the LA City Council ought to make stringent and smart requirements in order to frack, especially given LA's water issues and earthquake situation. Tax it, force companies to provide their own water, have stringent penalties for any above ground leaks are a few examples. Banning it based on faulty facts and extremely low percentages of occurrence is just short sighted, naive and selfish.
Sean McCarthy March 2, 2014 at 10:51 am
#49, Fair enough. I agree with everything you say.