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Metro's Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley. Patch file photo.
Richard Miller July 17, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Yes, please do that. I stopped taking the Orange Line and went back to driving instead because theRead More buses are always full, there is never anywhere to sit.
A $63 parking ticket in Los Angeles. Patch file photo.
Marsia July 17, 2014 at 08:17 am
about 2 years ago I got a ticket for having my front tire an inch or so on the blue line of theRead More handicapped space next to me. mind you, I had my own handicapped placard hanging in my window. I caught the parking officer and he said "sorry, I didn't see it. Since I started I have to finish. Just make a copy of your placard and mail it in, the ticket will be removed." Liar. When I did all that I was rejected. But I could drive downtown (I live in the Valley) during rush hour at 10am to the only office that handles reviews to sit all day until it's my turn to be rejected by a clerk, to fight the ticket. So I paid the ticket. Great scam. Taught me to demand a supervisor on the spot next time.
Rick Jackson July 17, 2014 at 08:21 am
I am glad someone had the time and money to challenge these agreements between the government andRead More private companies. I believe these agreements give these private companies more authority than We The People give to our Government Officials.
James C. Walker July 18, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Most parking and traffic law enforcement is about $$$$ and many cities do not care at all whetherRead More their ticketing, enforcement, and collection methods are either fair or legal. James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.
SA July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
Typical Democrat wanting to spend money like Brown’s crazy train. What is an early warningRead More system.. “brace for shock” ? What we need is an early warning system that warns us before a Democrat / Liberal opens his month.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 06:54 am
Just another extension of socialist Obama...
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
Wow! Talk about Brown-Obama-Democrat Cronyism. Not only can the system be built and installed forRead More less than $500/node, it already has. I helped with one of the nodes with-in the past four years. The system (requiring less than 25 sq.ft. (donated) can be set up similar to a Home WiFi Security Cam with FTP access. Really it can be automatically monitored and maintained for free through a cooperating University. This is merely a $16 million a year hornswoggle going into the crony's pocket. Its dirtier than greedy profit. All that, lying cheating and stealing on top of it. Republicans in office don't deserve to be there because they do not study and know about the communities they represent or what they have already (and recently) funded. They are not doing their jobs in a two party system. Having formerly worked for the DNC the only thing good I can say about democrats is they at least learn their constituencies well enough to manipulate them.
SA July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
To Robin: You left out all the men getting tanked at the Farmer’s Market and beating the crapRead More out of their wives … What is up with y’all wanting to kill somebody’s ability to grow a business? Y’all are commies …
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 03:51 pm
It would just be nice if our California Do Nothing Congress would put their time and efforts intoRead More helping our State with real problems instead of making their constituency feel like they are making a difference with alcohol and marijuana leniency laws. This is not real Government in action.
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 04:22 pm
p.s. Most of our Federal, State and Local Government Parks do not allow alcohol and that is whereRead More many Farmers Markets are located. How is this going to work out?
A sidewalk that needs to be repaired in Los Angeles. Patch file photo.
Diana K Cass July 3, 2014 at 06:52 pm
I hope this will happen Today, I tripped over a sidewalk panel that was a little upraised by rootsRead More - went to emergency, and fortunately,no broken bones. But, I sure as anything have pain. I was one of the fortunate ones, 2 kindly men stopped their trucks, waited with me until I felt somewhat better (one of them gave me his water). A neighbor happened by and escorted me back to my home. I could go on and on - but, yes, let's get these sidewalks repaired.
Don July 3, 2014 at 08:23 pm
File a claim against the City. There are ADA issues as well that they don't adhere too as a resultRead More of City Services blowing their budgets without accountability
Mary A July 4, 2014 at 01:23 pm
"as well as a trust fund where the city could sock away money dedicated for sidewalkRead More repairs." Oh yeah, sure, I think we've been down this path before, does anyone in their right mind trust the City to manage a "Trust Fund" for the benefit of residents and tax payers? This is why our infrastructure, parks, you name it, is the mess it is. City Service funds were raided to pay for lucrative salary/benefit increases for City Union workers and their bo$$es, and all forms of other fiscal mismanagement, at the expense of services the City is mandated to provide. And this has been going on for decades. Streets have not been re-paved for 50-60 years, same with side walk repairs, weed and garbage infested streets, sewers and parkway. By some act of God, I think, some of the lunar cratered streets in No. SF Valley are finally being repaved after over a 1/2 century of neglect. But it's a drop in the bucket compared to an acceptable standard.
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Wade Larsen June 29, 2014 at 05:10 am
The city council is right to crack down on donation bins. Indeed, reports across the country sayRead More some of the boxes cause blight and public right-of-way issues. Another worry is over out-of-town nonprofit and for-profit clothes collectors causing donations to dwindle at local charities. And some complain that non-local companies are getting a free ride ― paying no local taxes or fees ― even while little or none of the proceeds from their collections benefit the local populace. ////(paragraph break)//// Meanwhile, Planet Aid ― with the yellow bins ― seems to be trying to stand out from the competition by promoting itself as a law-abiding, “good-guy” clothes collector that welcomes regulation. The company might even try to show the city council “sample legislation” from other towns, which are likely the most watered-down and weak bin laws they could find. //////// The council-members should resist attempts by Planet Aid or others to play it like a Stradivarius violin and work out a strong bin ordinance. Ideally, the council should consider a permit fee per bin that is not only adequate to reimburse the city for staff time required during the application process and for regular inspections, but also take into account the real possibility of blight complaints and, most disconcerting, the likelihood of bins being placed without permits in open defiance of city regulations. //////// The council should also be aware that some bins are owned by for-profit companies, such as the green and white containers labeled “USAgain.” Thus, the wording of any bin ordinance should reflect this reality. On the other hand, it would be good if some kind of exemption could be made for local charities, as long as their bins were kept tidy. //////// Sadly, Planet Aid may be yet another “charity” that, upon closer inspection, isn’t so charitable after all. Planet Aid has faced a storm of media criticism for disturbing reasons. For starters, the Chicago-based CharityWatch gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs. //////// Google search: CharityWatch Debunks Planet Aid's Recycling Program //////// (Continued in my 2nd comment)
Zookeeper91326 June 29, 2014 at 11:58 am
Lobbying "A coalition of smaller charities in California have complained about Goodwill'sRead More support for legislation encouraging greater regulation of donation boxes,[34] calling the efforts an “attempt to corner the clothing donation market and make more money.”[35] Local Goodwills have argued that donation boxes divert money from the community and contribute to blight, and have pushed for state legislation that requires owners of a donation box to clearly display information about whether it was a for-profit or nonprofit organization.[34]" WiKi
E Sherwood June 30, 2014 at 07:06 am
You have to drive for blocks to see even one bin, and it's not in the way of business, and seldom isRead More the lid ajar. We have VERY serious crime issues, unemployment, and many parts of the valley now resemble Tijuana. This topic is a total waste of time and tax payer money.
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Charles Murray June 28, 2014 at 07:00 am
"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions" is about as comical as "manually adjusting theRead More tides". But I have to admit that it serves to provide job security for the politicians, and it creates the ruse under which to extort money from businesses. Keep it up, CA, and see where we wind up in the long run... Fires & floods will be moot, when there is no business and no tax base here anymore.
Tom Thumb June 28, 2014 at 07:52 am
Plans are afoot to herd 2/3rds of world population into cities by 2050. Then to cut globalRead More greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. Maybe they can get these young Central American arrivals to participate in the bike sharing programs. Of course with "humanity" huddled in to cities, there will be lots of open space for the 1%, and their gov't lackeys, to enjoy the great outdoors. Should be a blast. www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/09/25/planning-financing-low-carbon-cities
Richard Jonson June 28, 2014 at 09:30 am
Comrade Koretz should shut his fat face. We need leaders in LA, not this communist trash.
An M1 Garand 8-round clip, M14 20-round magazine, AR-15/M16 20- and 30-round magazines. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Alex White June 28, 2014 at 11:13 am
@RJ...yeah, fleecing the public with their over-inflated salaries and astronomical perks appears toRead More be their "real work." I thought banning the sale of ammunition was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought registering handguns was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought a 10 day waiting period was going to curb all that violent activity. I thought requiring gun locks was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought criminalizing "improper storage" of firearms at a personal residence was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought undergoing Criminal Background Checks was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought enacting tougher "use a firearm go to prison" laws was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought criminalizing the ownership or banning the ownership of certain "scary looking" guns was going to curb all that violent activity? I thought enacting Gang Injunctions were going to curb all that violent activity? I thought hiring more police was going to curb all that activity? What happened? Two more mediocre Political Rubes have gained a little power and have acquired a minor political voice. They feel compelled to use that power and voice-- and use it often--no matter how ineffective their methodologies are because not only do they like to hear themselves talk-- as any egomaniac politician does-- but they also understand that when it comes to apathetic and uninformed people they can maintain their well-compensated status as an LA Political Rube without much "real work."
Bill Wentz June 28, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Bradley Slim June 28, 2014 at 05:16 pm
lol , like anybody is going to turn them in. Just another way to make criminals out of law abidingRead More folk.
Marilyn Monroe. Courtesy of Wesleyan University.
Pat Maginis June 30, 2014 at 07:58 pm
Temecula Farmer. How much are you receiving in Republican subsidies for your avocadoes? Welfare forRead More Republicans, but no respect for a wonderful Lady. Pat Maginnis
Patriot July 4, 2014 at 01:28 pm
Well, the Marilyn Monroe Post Office will have good company. Go down the block and they already haveRead More the Linda Lovelace Library. The only library in Van Nuys that serves smoothies...
Steven Narbonne July 5, 2014 at 09:19 am
I'm sorry but what exactlly did she do to merit recognition on any level outside Hollyweird?
Average American June 27, 2014 at 08:50 am
Make no mistake about it, they are going to be coming for your guns eventually, just a matter ofRead More time. They will first go for the "Registry" and I think the more informed of us all know that a registry has preceeded almost every gun grab in history. How did that registry work out for the Jews in WW2?
school bus ninja June 27, 2014 at 08:51 am
None of this would have happened if women put out more. Don't be so stingy with the lovin'. JustRead More sayin.
Paul Hamilton July 10, 2014 at 07:21 pm
When you take the Guns away from honest citizens. All you will have are Armed thugs who have no fearRead More of being shot, an armed citizen is a defense against crime. I personally will fight to keep my guns.
Jim Morrison mural in Venice.
David Rivers June 25, 2014 at 09:34 am
The murals all along Chandler Blvd in NoHo need restoration. I'm surprised they're talking about theRead More Great Wall of Los Angeles in Valley Glen that was recently restored.
Karen Pleines June 25, 2014 at 04:50 pm
David, Contact the Mid Town NoHo Neighborhood Council. They organized the mural and I understandRead More there is a contract with the artists to repair the murals if damaged. Board Chair Mary Garcia is on the arts committee.
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JHouse June 26, 2014 at 10:25 am
does it look as if manufacturing is just fine here? Check this out.Read More http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/2061.31271.80.0/economy/the-death-of-american-manufacturing
glenn bernard June 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Suppose that within a mental evaluation for gun purchase, the citizen reveals a deeply held dislikeRead More and distrust of the Government. Some people would not want this person to be allowed to purchase just for this one "excuse." Suggest everybody focus on getting US corporations to return to the USA (from Asia) for all of their manufacturing. Nothing stops bullets like JOBS!
Nadja Adolf June 26, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Note that this law would NOT have stopped the Isla Vista shooting because the parents did NOT callRead More the local mental health agency as well as the police. Note that by failing to check the California gun registry - available in every patrol car - they would not have even considered issuing such an order because they didn't think there were any firearms in the area - and neither did his parents, apparently. I have a lot of questions regarding this case - and one of them is that given junior had been making violent postings for more than a week or two, why didn't the parents cut off his funds and compel him to return home and be evaluated?
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Allan June 21, 2014 at 06:18 am
Lefty Feuer never appeals any of the decisions that the lefties love. If it had to do with aRead More taxpayer, he'd be all over it. Hell, if I was living in my car, I'd be hanging out in the Palisades. Nice cool evening with the side windows opening and the radio turned to some nice cool jazz munching on some sammich from Subway. Yeah, that's what I'd be doing.
Donna Fleming June 21, 2014 at 09:04 am
Homeless people are living in all cities. They come out at dusk. Making a law that prevents themRead More from sleeping in their cars is heartless. These are Americans who have fallen on hard times. They are not criminals.
jim June 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm
This is CRAP LA.
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Chris B June 19, 2014 at 03:24 pm
good idea, but not for me since: Driving time to work is 10 minutes or less. Walking time is 35Read More minutes. Bus time (including walking to bus stop) at least 1 hour, often more. Coming home: driving time is 15 minutes (used to be 45 with freeway construction). Walking time the same (unless it's after dark and I don't want to walk through the VA). Bus time, about 1 1/2 hours. cb
Frank Estrada June 19, 2014 at 08:09 pm
How about we ditch our city officials for a day, or a week or
friendly person June 20, 2014 at 02:47 pm
I agree with Frank!!!
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Lynn Glover June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
KMA: what is your point about how old is the S of L? Do you think wise philosophy has an expirationRead More date? Let's hope the sonnet by Lazarus is just as meaningful today as then. And, it's part of what makes the USA exceptionally great in the world and time. Of course, some limitations have to be included. These are embodied in the law. The problem today is that the law is not being enforced primarily because the head of enforcement and his minions want to let in more people who, they would like to believe, are likely to vote for their kind in the future.
M. Manzano July 6, 2014 at 04:48 pm
The Democrats would cease being in control if voter ID passed. They will do everything possible toRead More prevent it.
Madeleine July 6, 2014 at 05:13 pm
M. Manzano: You are so right. There is not one logical reason to be against voter ID, unless youRead More want to vote fraudulently.
Mayor Eric Garcetti. Credit: Getty Images.
jim June 18, 2014 at 05:23 pm
What is the difference of what he said as to what Donald Sterling said in PRIVATE..????????
ginny lande June 18, 2014 at 09:40 pm
Are you serious....what planet are you on
Ron O June 28, 2014 at 11:34 am
WTF? Move on.
Mayor Eric Garcetti. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo June 19, 2014 at 11:16 am
well, you're always welcome to comment here! :-)
Sean McCarthy June 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm
The Los Angeles Times is approaching irrelevance, especially when it censors comment concerningRead More comments made by elected officils. We need news outlets that will challenge the ststus quo, not run defense for them. These comments must be having an impact on City Hall. Keep it up.
ginny lande June 19, 2014 at 03:26 pm
IF and that is a BIG IF, City Hall even sees these comments
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REPBEAR June 17, 2014 at 06:59 am
And if you lose receipts just claim a Lois Learner!
Brainwashed_In_Church June 17, 2014 at 07:05 am
When I take my kids to church on Sundays, I write off my tithe as a dependent care expense.
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mOmO123 June 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Thank you Fact Checker! If any parent is willing to risk the lives of their children to diseasesRead More that are preventable then by all means go for it. But when i hear a baby barking like a seal because of whooping cough it breaks my heart.
Heather H June 16, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Again just curious, why is it those of you pro-vax, why is it that you feel the need to be so nastyRead More and rude to those with a different opinion of yours? We all feel passionate about our stance but, many of you are just blatantly rude. What happened to your "tolerance"?
fact checker June 16, 2014 at 06:57 pm
Heather you are a bit hasty in grouping all posters who question your comments together asRead More "rude" and "nasty." Do you see the irony here?
Jill Pyeatt June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am
I really really hope bases are closed. This country needs to refocus its funds elsewhere. PerhapsRead More the land where the bases are can have factories built on them to replace jobs lost.
Tom Jackson June 13, 2014 at 09:30 am
I guess keeping anything military open is stupid if you plan on becoming a third world country atRead More the mercy of one of the other big three. People don't get the far reaching ramifications of closing bases. One only needs to drive over to Norton a air a base in San Bernadino to see how a base closure affects the local community. The place has become a slum. All the local businesses that flourished with the base business are gone now. Thousands of jobs were affected. It's likedriving through TJ. The problem with supporters of base closures is they dont think outside their own little box. The closures also affect the budgeting for our National defense. Of course I understand that many of the viewers here don't believe in National defense. Perhaps if one of our buildings were leveled like in NY by a terrorist organization you would be more supportive of a base remaining operational. Clinton trimmed everything he could back in the 90's dozens if basis were closed. Even he knew when to stop. We are at the bare minimum now having just enough bases to support our needed military.
R. Ray Morford June 13, 2014 at 11:45 am
The Obummer can use the closed military bases to house all of the illegal youth crossing ourRead More borders.....at tax payer expense. We're coming closer to being a Socialist nation every day. Hillary will love that. ARE YOU A SOCIALIST OR A PATRIOT?
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Henderson Cooper June 12, 2014 at 11:35 am
The basic ideas put forth in this initiate are good and I support them. I believe that clarity inRead More city economics are what is needed. Identifying revenue and how it is used is the right goal. What is not stated in the complaint but is important to me is not identified here. That is that when the flow of traffic is getting more and more congested, it is annoying to see Traffic officers writing tickets, while intersections are blocked. In law enforcement if an officer sees a crime being committed they are duty bound to act. City Traffic Officers will spend their time writing tickets as cars clog the intersections and streets. This is the wrong priority. If a traffic officer sees that traffic is impaired they should immediately be self tasked to traffic support and forgo writing that next parking violator. Congested traffic affects workers getting to work, getting work done and getting to or caring for their families. Parking violators are an inconvenience at best. Clear those intersections. And not just after a complaint or during presumed "rush hours." There are no rush hours in the City of Los Angeles...congestion is constant from sun up to beyond sun down. Find other ways to solve the cities poor budget management. TRAFFIC OFFICER SHOULD MOVE TRAFFIC!
Sherry Barnett June 12, 2014 at 06:28 pm
Absolutely. It's about time. These parking violations are exorbitant. Totally out of hand. ParkingRead More officers are often waiting to pounce just to fill quotas. Has little to do with keeping the city streets safe and the cost of the tickets is gouging us ... The tax paying citizens. We're paying for all their hi tech wireless, invisible devices that are designed to simply rip us off as we try to get around town.
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