Has Los Angeles Fallen, or Was it Pushed?
I bet you have been recently thinking: How can we keep Los Angeles from turning into a post-apocalyptic wasteland like Detroit? The Los Angeles 2020 Commission has the answers. Well, they hedge a bit and don’t claim to have ALL the answers. Their keen analysis identified several problems in Los Angeles: Jobs Poverty Traffic Poor education Decaying infrastructure resulting from budget woes There is no | Read More »
LA restaurant imposes explicit 3% #Obamacare surcharge. But wait! There’s more.
It’s hard-nosed to take the 3% Obamacare surcharge imposed upon you and pass it explicitly along to the consumer, as one Los Angeles restaurant is doing. [Video fixed and via @IloiloKano]
Raising Taxes on Tobacco. More Smuggling or More Revenue?
Proponents of tax increases on tobacco say more revenue. Opponents, unsurprisingly, say more smuggling. There is a California ballot proposal that mirrors a legislative effort by Los Angeles Senator Kevin De Leon that would raise the current $0.87 per pack tax by $2.00. This effort follows on the heels of the defeat of Prop 29, which would have raised tobacco taxes, that narrowly lost in | Read More »
Elliott Broidy: Rock Star!
After commending him for making it possible for authorities to bring to justice those “who tried to rip off the system,” New York state judge Lewis Bart Stone sentenced Los Angeles philanthropist Elliott Broidy to the “minimum” allowed by New State law. In responding to the fact that the prosecution did not support the defense’s motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor but rather | Read More »
The Curse of the Super Bowl
In the wake of the scandal involving players and coaches of the New Orleans Saints being suspended for all or a portion of the upcoming season, superstitious fans of the National Football League find the timing of these events to be destined. Based on the disastrous seasons of the two most recent teams whose metropolitan areas hosted the Super Bowl, one might conclude that a | Read More »
, Drew Brees
, los angeles
, New Orleans
, Palo Alto
, san diego
, San Francisco
, Super Bowl
, tampa bay
Maintaining Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: How Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) Missed the Mark on (SNAP)
Let it never be said that State Senator Alan Lowenthal is a slouch. He’s got political posturing, scare tactics and the rhetoric of dependency down to a science. It’s obvious, however, that he’s more interested in making the poor and the taxpayer alike victims of government waste than he is in solving real problems. In an April 24th press release, Lowenthal attacked the House Committee | Read More »
More Hypocritical Liberals…
On April 27th, 2010 the City Council of the City of Los Angeles passed a resolution strongly condemning Arizona’s SB 1070, a bill which made illegal aliens guilty of a state crime and authorized local law enforcement agencies the ability to enforce immigration laws. In total, 13 councilmembers voted “yea” in favor of passing the resolution which called for the economic boycott of the state | Read More »
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget model predicts the U.S. budget will be unsustainable within twenty-six years. In other words, it is impossible for the American economy to continue past 2037. House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said President Barack Obama’s budget strategy is to “do nothing, punt, duck, kick the can down the road” while the debt remains on track to eventually | Read More »
, Bill Moyer
, campaign contributions
, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
, Economic Collapse
, government employees
, Health Care
, jim leach
, los angeles
, national endowment for the arts
, National Public Radio
, New York
, obama for america
, Path to Prosperity
, Paul Ryan
, Pew Research
, planned parenthood
, political donations
, Rocco Landesman
, sesame street
, Shaughn Adeleye
, Social Security
, tax dollars
, tea party
, United States
, yosi sergant
News of the day having nothing to do with ‘you know what’.
Here’s a few news items you may have missed. — — — — — Ohio School Cafeterias — Boll Weevils In Noodles And Mold On Strawberries. The items were served anyway. Oh don’t worry though, the noodles were washed and the mold was scraped away. No, this isn’t a joke. Two articles from The Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times. New Boston Schools notified parents Friday that | Read More »
L.A. Sports Stadium Project More Important Than Libraries, Police, Firemen?
The 2010 elections are now history. If there was any lesson from this Republican tidal wave that swept across the country it is that the vast majority of Americans are furious at the overspending and flawed leadership of our politicians. Voters are no longer so easily fooled by claims that wild spending sprees are beneficial. California was spared the GOP tidal wave but California voters | Read More »
The Coming Staples Mausoleum/Stadium
Even as supporters claim they won’t need subsidies, it is more likely that L.A. is about to plunge itself forever into debt with a new stadium, the Staples Center. A look at just about any other convention center, or stadium in the country easily shows that these projects seldom pay for themselves as builders insist that they will do. Yet, every time you turn around | Read More »
Liberal Policies turn Venice Beach, Ca. into a cesspool-literally
It’s not just the economic downturn to blame for the hundreds of homeless people living in RVs for days at a time on the streets or parking lots in Venice Beach; the area has become a magnet for the homeless because the people in the area feel compassion for the “downtrodden” and people who through bad life choices or bad luck found themselves with nothing | Read More »
Boycott DC, not AZ
So the Los Angeles City Council has voted to boycott Arizona over its new immigration law. This nauseating display of moral vanity comes on the same day the Pew Research Center reports on a new poll showing that the American people support the law by a commanding 59%-32%. Heck, Pew found that Democrats are split, with 46% opposed and 45% in support. So we have the City of | Read More »
Does California REALLY want to boycott Arizona?
With the Phoenix (yes, in Arizona) Suns about to host the Los Angeles Lakers in Phoenix (yes, in Arizona) for game 1, the City of Los Angeles officially weighs in with a 13-1 vote approving yet another boycott of Arizona by a California city. What is really funny here is LA’s Mayor Antonio (Viva La Raza) Villaraigosa has already said he thinks a boycott of | Read More »
Can bankrupt California & Los Angeles survive?
How are California & Los Angeles going to survive? From Wednesday’s New York Times: Analysis of California Pensions Finds Half-Trillion-Dollar Gap By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH Published: April 6, 2010 An independent analysis of California’s three big pension funds has found a hidden shortfall of more than half a trillion dollars, several times the amount reported by the funds and more than six times the value | Read More »