Tag: Los Angeles

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shutterstock_396473320My latest contribution over at PJ Media concerns the circus atmosphere that sometimes prevails at the Los Angeles police commission’s weekly meetings. The local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, most of whom are unburdened by employment or other responsibilities, have been making regular appearances at these meetings, taking advantage of the public comment portion to harangue the commissioners and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

As I explain in the piece, the police commission is composed of five members appointed by the mayor, who selects them not for their expertise on law enforcement matters, of which they have none, but rather for their ability to satisfy an unwritten but steadfastly observed “diversity” formula. “But this diversity,” I write, “as is most often the case when the term is used today, does not extend to a diversity of thought or political opinion, only of race, sex, and sexual orientation. As it’s currently composed, the police commission is uniformly liberal, albeit with some members leaning farther to the left than others.” Thus on the commission can be found two white men (one of whom is gay), a black man, an Asian woman, and a Hispanic woman.

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Threats like the one sent to our two largest school districts yesterday should be handled by mayors in consultation with the police and the FBI. In other words, it’s a job for professionals, not school superintendents more equipped to crack down on peanuts and Star Wars t-shirts. More

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So I stole most of that head line, but this is an interesting article. There’s enough background in the article so you won’t have to search the internet for the back story of LA’s theatre union woes. More

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I’m a transplant. I moved to Los Angeles in November of 1987 at the age of 27, from my home town of Annapolis, MD. My first trip to L.A. was ten years prior as a naïve teenager and Los Angeles was a mind blower. That was around 1977. More

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Los Angeles, California is using 4 inch UV plastic balls to help fight off bacteria in the water reservoirs. This either mandated or sponsored by the EPA–go figure. More

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1973900_ME_garcetti_wage_GMKWhen I think about California, I think the best thing is to paraphrase historian Richard Cobb’s famous quip about France: “Wonderful state, California… pity about the Californians.”

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Municipal Star Chamber (a.k.a. City Council) voted 14-to-1 to follow Seattle over a fiscal cliff and increase the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour (given that California law does not allow workers earning tips to be paid less than the minimum wage, that means waitstaff would earn fifteen dollars plus tips.) The city’s non-Mexican, anti-American Mexican-American mayor Eric Garcetti has been fervently pushing for Los Angeles to commit economic seppuku since taking office, and he has gotten his way. One can only assume the one holdout vote simply wanted a more reasonable living wage of $100/hour.

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shutterstock_151870730On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times told of a report from the City Administrative Officer titled “Homelessness and the City of Los Angeles.” Among the revelations in the report is that 15 different city agencies and departments spend more than $100 million each year on providing services to the homeless. “In July 2014,” the report says, “the Mayor pledged to end veteran homelessness by December 2015 and chronic homelessness in Los Angeles by December 2016.” As with any report from any government bureaucracy, this one says these goals will be achieved through the spending of even more money to be extracted from the taxpayer.

The report also contained recommendations, including this: “Treatment of the homeless with dignity, and clarity on their rights.”

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It seems that every time I write something for Ricochet, my thoughts are bent towards the job market, the economy, or Labor and Union issues. I’m afraid that this time is no different. I’ve written before about how my conservative principles are often at conflict with the labor market that I work in. This is […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Winning Back America by Ignoring the Parts You Hate

 

Remember a few years back when the media was stocking up on smelling salts over Sarah Palin’s reference to small towns as “the real America?” Truth be told, I was never warm to that formulation. As a matter of crass politics, a winner never disowns huge segments of the electorate. I also disagreed with the idea on principle. I think a lot of us at Ricochet know what Palin was trying to say: that there are parts of the country where earnest patriotism is regarded as gauche. I’m all for attacking that attitude when it specifically arises, but applying it as an undifferentiated slight does a disservice to a big chunk of the country.

Still, if the media’s outrage had to do with the content rather than the speaker, they’d be taking to their fainting couches over the latest column from (West Virginia native!) Michael Tomasky, whose new piece at the Daily Beast drops the mask about how leftists really feel about the South; namely, that it is populated by untermenschen. After referring to the region as a “reactionary, prejudice-infested place” (the evidence for which comes from Louisiana’s rejection of Mary Landrieu in last weekend’s Senate runoff), Tomasky lets fly with an olympian expectoration:

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Randy Weivoda and I are both planning meetups for the weekend of Oct. 4-5. His is in Duluth, mine is in LA. Rob Long is threatening to plan one soon in D.C., and there will also be one on Nov. 8 in Ft. Lauderdale with Barkha Herman. So now that we’ve got most of the […]

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The last time we got together with Ricochetti near LA we had a blast, and since I will find myself in LA on business, I am offering up for consideration Oct. 4 or 5 for a local meetup in or near LA. Ideas and suggestions are welcome, and I can be reached at [email protected] More

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Oops. I accidentally disappeared the entire post when I switched out jpegs of Roman’s wonderful painting of Obama playing doctor with the healthcare system. (National Review cover, July 20, 2009). Our favorite all-American, Russian born artist just celebrated his birthday on May 17. His delightful bio is HERE, and for anyone interested, he has published […]

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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 […]

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