LA WATCHDOG--The First Financial Status Report prepared by the City Administrative Officer (“CAO”) estimated that the City’s revenue gap for this fiscal year would be in the range of $400 million to $600 million, up from the previous estimate of $200 million to $400 million.
Angelenos: Would You Vote to Increase Our Sales Tax to 12%?
LA WATCHDOG--Would you vote to increase our sales tax by 2½% to 12%?
David Ryu, Grace Yoo for LA City Council
LA WATCHDOG--An elected official’s experience may work in his or her favor as is the case for the incumbent David Ryu in Council District Four.
2020 Decision: CityWatch Voter’s Guide
LA WATCHDOG—(Political Perspective: Center Right) My primary focus is on the twelve statewide ballot measures as well as the two measures for the County (Measure J) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (Measure RR).
City Hall: Corruption and Bad News Just Keep on Coming!
LA WATCHDOG--The City of Los Angeles cannot stay out of the news unless it is engaged in a cover up.
Vote ‘No’ on Affirmative Action Proposition 16. Here’s Why
LA WATCHDOG--If approved by the voters, Proposition 16 would repeal Proposition 209, a constitutional amendment that was approved by 55% of the voters in 1996. Proposition 209 stated:
Mayor’s Plan for LA Out of Touch with Reality!
LA WATCHDOG-On Friday, September 18, Mayor Eric Garcetti released his Budget Policy and Goals for Fiscal Year 2021-22 to the General Managers of All City Departments (except Water and Power, Harbor, Airports, and the two pension plans).
Will LA’s Budget Deficit Break the $400 Million Mark?
LA WATCHDOG--In his recent Update on the Status of City Finances, the City Administrative Officer estimated that “2020-21 revenue could fall short of budget by $200 million to $400 million.”
Here’s Why Proposition 14, the $5.5 Billion Stem Cell Bond, is a Bad Idea
LA WATCHDOG--Authorizes $5.5 billion state bonds for: stem cell and other medical research, including training; research facility construction; administrative costs.
LA City Council Fiddles While LA Hemorrhages
LA WATCHDOG--On Wednesday, the City Council approved a Declaration of Fiscal Emergency without any discussion.
Mayor and the City Council Complicit in Pay-to-Play Corruption
LA WATCHDOG--On Tuesday, Federal prosecutors dropped the dime on Morrie Goldman, a long time City Hall lobbyist, charging him with one count of “conspiring to commit bribery and honest services mail fraud.”
Election Corruption Demands Real Consequences
LA WATCHDOG--The courts have ruled “use of the public treasury to mount an election campaign which attempts to influence the resolution of issues which our Constitution leaves to the ‘free election’ of the people … presents a serious threat to the integrity of the electoral process.”
Cheap Talk About Corruption will not Likely Result in Real Reform
LA WATCHDOG--When the FBI raided the home and offices of Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar on November 7, 2018, the “shocked” City Council sprang into action to address long needed campaign finance reform.
Lack of Transparency Earns a NO Vote on Proposition 15, the Split Roll
LA WATCHDOG-As part of their call for Radical Transparency into the budget and financial affairs of the City of Los Angeles, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates called open and transparent labor negotiations and that any new labor agreement not result in deficits.
The Usual Something-for-Nothing: LAUSD Proposes $7 Billion Bond Measure, but No Reform
LA WATCHDOG--Just what we need. Another controversial measure on the already crowded November ballot that has twelve statewide propositions, many of which are very high profile, and one measure from the County to cut the Sheriff’s budget.
LA’s Most Corrupt City Council: No Reforms Despite Jose Huizar Indictment
LA WATCHDOG--On Thursday, a federal grand jury threw the book on Councilman Jose Huizar, returning a 34-count indictment on “charges that he lead a criminal enterprise where he used his powerful position at City Hall to enrich himself and his close associates, and unlawfully gave favorable treatment to developers who financed and facilitated bribes and other illicit financial benefits.”
Garcetti in the Crosshairs
LA WATCHDOG--Matthew Garza, a 23 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who served on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Security Detail for over six years, has filed a complaint in Superior Court against the City of Los Angeles in which he alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
Another Rush to the Ballot: Reimagining LA County
LA WATCHDOG--On Tuesday, July 21, the County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion, Reimaging LA County,
Prop 15, the Split Roll, Is a Job Killer
LA WATCHDOG--Proposition 15 is an attempt by the state’s public sector unions (along with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) to establish the Split Roll.
What a $12 Billion Tax Increase Means to Angelenos: Vote NO on Prop 15!
LA WATCHDOG--Californians are the highest taxed people in the country.
Do NOT Reward Bad Behavior: Why You Should Vote NO on Prop 15
LA WATCHDOG--Mayor Eric Garcetti and numerous members of the Los Angeles City Council want us to approve the Split Roll by voting yes on Proposition 15.