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Alan Mittelstaedt

What Happened at the Botanica

News editor 1999-2006 State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez was on the phone on this October day in 2006, and he wasn’t happy. He knew we were about to publish a...

Oh, That Chickenshit MTA

No one on the governing board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had the courage to tell it like it is to the warring factions that showed up Thursday to push their pet transit projects. The message to the people who want to extend the Gold Line to mars, via Ontario......

Antonio’s 2010 Dance

I’d never tell Mayor V the real reason I jump at the chance to ride the rails with him. I want to be there when the Big One brings the Red Line to a halt, stranding the mayor and me hundreds of feet underground for days. Under those conditions, I’ll......

Taser 'Em All

THE IRANIAN-AMERICAN PUNK who provoked — yes, provoked — the taser attack at UCLA should be expelled for momentarily distracting the entire world from more meaningful thoughts. Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a.k.a. Mad Mr. T-14 for short, is a U.S. citizen — so we can only boot him out of school. But......

Rocky, Did You Bump Your Head?

SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA WONDER if L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo forgot to wear his helmet during his days playing safety on Harvard’s football team. Sure, like any halfway decent lawyer, he can probably write a plausible brief arguing that hospitals are breaking some law, somehow, when they drive recently discharged......

Rage Against…

NOW THAT PHIL ANGELIDES has finally been shoved off the bus, it’s time to jump-start the 2010 gubernatorial race, starring L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We sure hope Mayor V. isn’t banking on a quick turnaround of L.A.’s abysmal public schools in the campaign cycle to propel him to the governor’s......

Voters’ Guide

L.A. City Measures: PROPOSITION H: The campaign for Proposition H is about housing — as in, $1 billion worth of affordable-housing initiatives planned for the next 10 years. The home-building industry signed onto the housing bond last year as a way to keep the City Council from approving a plan......

Ron Burkle and the Stern Sting

HEY, RON “PARTY-BOY BILLIONAIRE” Burkle, Democratic fat cat who flies President Clinton around in your own Boeing 757, you oughta write a book. We don’t care what the fired New York Post Page Six columnist Jared Stern says about you or the videotaped shakedown that went down in your Manhattan......

Gross Political Negligence

MAYBE GEORGE WELLER should have been an L.A. County supervisor. The befuddled 86-year-old, who is as qualified to be behind the wheel as subway-derailer Henry Waxman would be running L.A.’s transit programs, was convicted last week of gross negligence and felony manslaughter after he hit the gas instead of the......

The Passion of Lee Baca

EARTH TO MEL GIBSON: If you are serious about seeking full redemption for the anti-Jew, I-own-Malibu tirade that you spewed out when L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee arrested you for drunken driving on July 28, call the Sheriff to the Stars, a.k.a. Lee Baca. Tell him to call off......