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Friday, June 24, 2005

Renew LA - One dump at a time

Councilman Smith unveiled his 200 page plan for dealing with the city's waste management problem on the eve of the Council's vote to extend the contract at Sunshine Canyon.

While the plan admits defeat regarding Sunshine Canyon, as they are permitted and will continue to accept trash, even if not from LA, the ideas are promising.

The major points include:
  1. Expanding recycling programs
  2. Development of seven waste conversion plants, one in each region of the city, which will convert waste into energy
  3. Paying tax incentives for businesses using trash in manufacturing
The expected outrage will obviously come from NIMBY's, but shockingly there are also environmental groups concerned about the byproducts.

The test will be this. Do any of our elected officials have the guts to make this a reality. No one wants a dump in their backyard. We understand that. But we have to do something before we bury ourselves in it. I applaud the effort. Let's hope he can get the council behind it as well.

Only time will tell.

Reports in the Daily News, LA Times and Daily Breeze


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

You have to put a topic thread on this, the sh%^t has just hit the fan.

Schools fail on dropout rates

Skewed reporting of statistics hurting students across U.S., says report

By Naush Boghossian, Staff Writer


June 24, 2005 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Architecture School Loses Bid to Buy Its Home
After a protracted legal battle, the Southern California Institute of Architecture lost its bid Tuesday to buy the Santa Fe freight depot that houses the school, the Los Angeles Times reported. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Helen I. Bendix rejected SCI-Arc's contention that it had an agreement to buy the nearly century-old building that it leases for classrooms and offices. The ruling clears the way for developer Richard Meruelo to buy the building and the 2.5-acre property on Santa Fe Avenue just west of the Los Angeles River. SCI-Arc has a long-term lease on the 1907 depot, and the school wants to work with Meruelo on plans for the site. The decision was a big win for the developer, who has seen his profile in L.A. rise in recent months after becoming the largest individual contributor in the mayor's race.


June 24, 2005 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles media,
news and sense of place

The "independent expenditures" scam


June 24, 2005 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Breaking news? The LA Observed post was from May 3rd!

June 24, 2005 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

no one onthis coucnil other than Smith has the nuts to force this through when it comes to finding locations. They'll all back down like the spineless wimps they are. This "200 page report" is just going to get recycled. Excuse the pun

June 24, 2005 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reminding people of corruption is never old.

June 24, 2005 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It has been almost sixty years since the recall of Frank Shaw, and it is still possible to disagree over whether his administration was corrupt, or as corrupt as charged. Most people who are familiar with the facts, however, probably believe that this was the most corrupt administration in the city's history. Both points of view are represented in the References below.

Prior to his election as mayor in 1933,Shaw had previously been chairman of the board of supervisors of the county. When John Anson Ford took over as chairman, he began an investigation into the rumored corruption in the food services division at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. He appointed Clifford Clinton (founder of the Clifton Cafeterias) to head the investigation. The investigation quickly led to Shaw when he was supervisor.

Soon things began to happen to Clinton: police spying, numerous code violations in his cafeterias, and finally the dynamiting of the car of his investigator.

Undaunted by the harassment, Clinton was then named to the grand jury by Judge Fletcher Bowren to obtain concrete results. He found little or no coperation with the other members of the jury, yet issued a report saying he had found evidence of 1800 bookies, 600 brothels, and 200 gambling dens -- all protected by payoffs to the city administration, and especially His Honor.

Although hotly denied by Shaw, the evidence of corruption seemed overwhelming to the shocked citizens of L.A. They proceded to recall Shaw, and replaced him with the reform candidate who had named Clinton to the grand jury: Fletcher Bowren. Shaw was the first mayor of Los Angeles to be recalled, and probably the first of a major city in the entire country.

June 24, 2005 9:17 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

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June 24, 2005 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam

Is this true?

El Sereno Neighborhood Council Faces Decertification This Week
Local Neighborhood Council Defies LA City Attorney Office and Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment

The General Manager of the Department of
Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) and the Los Angeles
City Attorney advised the El Sereno Neighborhood
Council that the action to oust its elected President
was illegal. The El Sereno Neighborhood Council has
continued to ignore the legal direction given by the
City Attorney and its board’s by-laws.

If decertified, the El Sereno LA-32
Neighborhood Council will make history by being the first Neighborhood council in the City of Los Angeles to be decertified.


June 24, 2005 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Alvin Parra oust this man illegally, Is this the same as anarchy?

June 24, 2005 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, the El Sereno Neighborhood Council is made up of Antonio lovers who did everything illegally. Why should that surprise anyone!! I'm glad their butts are getting canned.

June 24, 2005 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whoever posted the El Sereno decertficaton can you post the website? Can't get into the document with your posting.

June 24, 2005 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno decertficaton

June 24, 2005 4:42 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

I have my record and am proud of it! Who does Hahn think he is trying to knock me off!

If you want to read about old corruption, look no further than me.

As for the dolt posting other stories, try to stay current. Even after returning from the grave I can focus on today's stories, not ones from April and May

June 24, 2005 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Smith is full of shit with his so called plan. Just an excuse to let his buddies at BFI (who donated to his campaign and he in turn hired their lobbyists nephew) to continue to screw the valley for a few more years.

June 26, 2005 12:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Smith's plan is nothing new except to Los Angeles. I could have put that document together. But i give the man full credit for pushing this forward. LA needs this kind of "outside the box" thinking even though other cities and countries have been putting these practices in place. Let's see how the Council feels about it. Either way we're stuck with Sunshine for the next four years.

June 26, 2005 12:39 PM  

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