Wendy Greuel: The four steps to fix L.A.'s budget problems

A common refrain at City Hall is that city government must act more like a business, spending taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively. I couldn't agree more. In fact, the 4 million Angelenos are essentially shareholders in city government and are entitled to know its financial condition and how it…

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April 6 2010 LOS ANGELES - Mayor Villaraigosa issued the following statement on the City's fiscal health. "Today we are facing the consequences of the City’s failure to enact the necessary rate increases with Fitch Ratings, a major credit rating agency, withdrawing the DWP's AA- bond rating, thereby costing theratepayers…

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War Declared: People vs. DWP -- No Rate Hikes Without Total Transparency, Clear Plans, IBEW Givebacks

From http://ronkayela.com/2010/03/war-declared-people-vs-dwp-no.htmlIf ever there was something to go to war about in the shocking mismanagement of city affairs, it's the Department of Water & Power. It's time to put the public in charge of this renegade agency, the nation's largest municipally-owned utility.For a century, the DWP has…

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City is projected to generate $141.3 million less in 2010-11 than it did in 09-10 March 2, 2010(Los Angeles) – With the City of Los Angeles facing a $212 million budget deficit, the City’s chief accountant, City Controller WendyGreuel, today, released the economic forecast for the City of Los Angeles…

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LA City Council Members: Livin' Large?

Big Bucks The Los Angeles City Council is wrestling with a budget deficit that's more than $200 million now and expected to more than triple in the next two years. As they look at laying off workers, cutting back hours at libraries, and even selling off parks and other city…

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Job Training Opportunities

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES STIMULUS FUNDED JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AS CITY NEARS $600 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS (Job-seekers can get more information by calling 311 or visiting www.wib.lacity.org.) As part of the Mayor’s plan to put Angelenos back to work, grants totaling $7 million will be used to train 2,000…

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And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES THE ELIMINATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT 56 general fund positions will be eliminated, saving the City $3.2 million LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today continued his commitment to balancing the City’s budget and announced the elimination of theEnvironmental Affairs Department (EAD) and the…

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L.A. controller asks City Council to give up property sale proceeds

L.A. controller asks City Council to give up property sale proceedsGreuel says the money should be used to help rebuild the city's budget reserves. But Councilman Bernard Parks says it is an important funding source for community projects. With Los Angeles facing a $212-million shortfall, City Controller Wendy Greuel called on City Council members Wednesday to give up their district's…

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Charmette Bonpua, 44, chief of staff to Councilman Herb Wesson, dies

From the LA Times Charmette Bonpua, chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, died in Las Vegas Sunday morning a week after suffering an aneurysm on a family trip. Bonpua, 44, was remembered as a trusted aide and skilled government insider who worked to inspire youths to…

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L.A. Medical-Pot Shops Peddle to LAUSD Pupils

L.A. Medical-Pot Shops Peddle to LAUSD Pupils     As kids flood weed outlets, Ramon Cortines admits there's no plan Illustration by Fred Noland Los Angeles City Hall is thrashingaround as the City Council and mayor belatedly try to control a pot-shop explosion they ignited, which has spawned dozens of freewheeling weed emporiums near public schools. The Los Angeles school…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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