The Real State of the City of Los Angeles

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his 4,500 word State of the City on Monday afternoon to a large gathering at Cal State Northridge.  He opened by saying that our City has turned the corner, “leaving the Recession in the rearview mirror.” He then focused on his many “Back to Basics” initiatives and programs that are helping […]

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LA to Time Warner Cable: Release Those Dodger Fan Hostages Now

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

The wizards from Time Warner Cable were the smartest guys in all of Southern California when they agreed to pay the Los Angeles Dodgers $8.35 billion over the next 25 years to distribute its regional sports network, SportsNet LA, outbidding Fox Sports by a rumored $2 billion. This deal was predicated on a revenue model […]

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Not Enough Info for Voters to Move LA City Election

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

The Herb Wesson led LA City Council voted to place Charter Amendment 1 on the ballot.  If approved by the voters on March 3, City elections, which are currently held in May of odd numbered years, would be consolidated with State and Federal elections that are held in November of even numbered years, beginning in […]

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L.A. DWP’s $40 Million Fiasco

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

The trust and confidence of the ratepayers and voters in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City Council has dipped to new lows. Jack Dolan of the Los Angeles Times revealed that IBEW Union Boss d’Arcy has denied Controller Ron Galperin and City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana “unfettered access” to the […]

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Free Ontario International Airport

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

The Cities of Los Angeles and Ontario are butting heads in court over Ontario’s effort to purchase the under-performing Ontario International Airport at a reasonable price. Ontario International is situated on 1,700 acres in the heart of the distribution hub of Southern California, 50 miles east of LAX on the 10 Freeway and several miles […]

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Why is LA’s City Council Ignoring the Recommendations of the LA 2020 Commission?

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

Nine months ago, on April 9, 2014, all twelve members of the LA 2020 Commission endorsed a series of actionable recommendations designed to “enhance transparency and accountability in City Hall, put the City on a path of fiscal stability, and renew job creation in Los Angeles.” These measures were also viewed as an excellent starting […]

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New Pension Numbers: A Banner Year, but LA Still Billions in the Hole

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

While the City’s two pension funds experienced excellent returns on their investment portfolios for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, it still has a huge unfunded pension liability that will continue to devour a disproportionate share of the City’s budget, crowding out basic services such as the repair of our streets and sidewalks. Last […]

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LA on the Hook for Humungous $10 billion Infrastructure Repair Bill

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

The City of Los Angeles is on the hook for an estimated $10 billion to repair its fractured infrastructure.  This includes not only the City’s 6,500 miles of streets and 10,750 miles of sidewalks, but its curbs and corner access ramps, its more than 400 parks, its urban forest, its street lights, its fleet of […]

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L.A. Pensions: Pay Now or Pay Much More Later

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

As part of Mayor Garcetti’s agenda for fiscal responsibility, the Board of Administration of the Los Angeles Employees Retirement System (“LACERS”) took the long term view when it approved lowering the investment rate assumption to 7.5% from 7.75%, overcoming the objections of the self-serving Coalition of LA City Unions.  This action will require our cash […]

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Will The Los Angeles Times Be the City’s Watchdog?

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

With lots of fanfare, The Los Angeles Times is relaunching the California section with an increased emphasis on local and statewide news with “in-depth coverage of key government institutions.”  This would include the City of Los Angeles, the County, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Sacramento, and other governmental institutions such as the City’s three […]

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