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WHOA: Former Opponents Considering Unusual Partnership

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 08.04.2013 | Los Angeles

Even with this aspect of their political life over, the five Los Angeles City Council members leaving office on June 30 say they expect to remain invo...

Did Someone Call For Party Patrol?

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 12.31.2012 | Los Angeles

With more than 2,100 parties a year in his district, Councilman Richard Alarcon on Tuesday won City Council approval to divert $46,000 to the Los Ange...

Kathleen Miles

A Few Surprises In CA & LA Election Results | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.06.2012 | Los Angeles

The biggest news in California's presidential primary election Tuesday? That an initiative to impose a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes appears to have l...

Has Los Angeles' Responsible Banking Initiative Been "Improved"?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 01.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

It is unwise for a city like L.A. to focus on a narrow band of criteria when it comes to identifying which banking and financial institutions to do business with. The City needs to see bank responsibility as a holistic picture.

Are Advocates Against Responsible Banking Being Responsible?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 01.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

Richard Alarcon's now long hampered quest to bring Responsible Banking to the city of Los Angeles asks questions important to all communities in this country.

L.A. Waffles on Responsible Banking

Dennis Santiago | Posted 12.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

The City of Los Angeles talks a great game about the "love in at the park" of its version of the Occupy movement. But clearly the old guard apparatus isn't yielding ground as fast as the rhetoric.

It's a Tremor, Not a Quake. Yet.

Tom Hayden | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The Occupy Wall Street movement is barely born and the mainstream media is already in the delivery room... The newborn movement needs breathing space.

This Year In Weird News: Voodoo, Highway Concerts & Toilet Flushes

Curbed LA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

For our second to last installment of the 2010 Curbed Awards, we consider the year's strangest events, kookiest characters, and plain biggest assholes...

Getting to Yes: Making Responsible Banking Work for Los Angeles, California and the Rest of "Main Street" America

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

The U.S. is a big country and D.C. isn't the only place exploring ways to find economic recovery formulae. Across the country, cities and states are beginning to chart independent paths to creating their own "islands of recovery".

Moving the Economy Forward: Can the City of Los Angeles Pass Its Responsible Banking Ordinance?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

Richard Alarcon and his colleagues on the L.A. City Council drafted an ordinance calling for the city to favor financial contracts with banks that demonstrate "responsible banking practices" benefiting the economy and people of L.A.

Move Your Money: Bank Regulators Hold Hearings in Los Angeles

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

These hearings that could improve the Community Reinvestment Act, the 1977 law designed to ensure banks remain connected to communities. Regulators decided it may be time to update how this law is enforced.

Move Your Money: What Is a Bank Reponsible For?

Tom Sgouros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sgouros

I propose that we put our money in institutions with a good record of local lending, and who treat their customers well by not charging outrageous fees or usurious credit card interest rates.

Suitability, Innovation and Meaningful Regulatory Reform

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dennis Santiago

Why isn't one of the pillars of emerging financial regulatory reform the institution of a "Black Swan" test that examines new financial product innovation and subjects it to some form of systemic risk consequence test?

Los Angeles Pushes for Responsible Banking

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

The City Council of Los Angeles voted 12-0 today to require banks doing business with the City to report on the details of their local reinvestment in the community.

La-La Land Gets Feisty

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Santiago

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon is hopping mad about the way his city and his people are being treated by the banking and finance industry and he's building a template for how to respond to it.