The Jury Talks Back

12/27/2008

Story Ideas for the LA Times

Filed under: California Politics — Kevin M @ 6:33 pm
  • The California budget crisis:
    • How bad is it?
    • Where is the money going?
    • Why did we have a deficit even during the boom years?
    • Are public pensions really the problem people say they are?
    • What, besides raising taxes or closing libraries, can be done?
    • Should we repeal Prop 13, raise income taxes, lay off 30,000 state & local workers?  What?
    • Can the state go bankrupt?  What would that mean?
    • Who’s to blame?
    • You would think that they could fill the paper for weeks with this.  (Just “who’s to blame” alone…)
  • L.A. Government:
    • How’s Mayor Whatshisname doing?
    • The city council?
    • How deep is the local deficit, how high the pensions, etc?
    • Are they dealing with business, or spending their time remodeling offices, pandering to their base and denouncing Burma?
    • Should we re-elect any of them?
  • Traffic:
    • How bad is it?
    • How has it changed over the last 20-30 years?
    • What opportunities have been missed?
    • What has gone right?
    • How is Obama’s public works stimulus going to play out here (have we even made up a list of projects?)?
    • Is there a master plan for rail or is it all just hodgepodge notions and community negotiations?
    • What will it be like in 20 years if, as expected, nothing is done?
    • Whose fault is it?
  • Will we EVER get a pro football team?

There’s more where that came from.  See the comments, too.

26 Comments

  1. Will we EVER get a pro football team?

    So, what’s USC?
    Chopped liver?

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/27/2008 @ 7:53 pm

  2. How about we tell the courts to reverse their ruling on Prop 98 so we can deny services to illegal aliens? That would save some money.

    Comment by luagha — 12/27/2008 @ 9:53 pm

  3. Sorry, it was prop 187.

    Comment by luagha — 12/27/2008 @ 10:04 pm

  4. So, what’s USC?
    Chopped liver?

    I don’t recall USC players drawing salaries, which would be an NCAA violation.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/28/2008 @ 12:44 am

  5. If they are drawing salaries, the LA Times should assign their crack sports staff to cover it.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/28/2008 @ 12:45 am

  6. Comment by Paul (creator of “Staunch Brayer”) — 12/28/2008 @ 12:44 am
    You need to follow the ins and outs of SC’s football program more closely, and the various NCAA probes.

    But, it is an old joke in LA sports circles, even when the Rams and Raiders were here, that why would we need a Pro-football team, we have the Trojans!

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/28/2008 @ 8:29 am

  7. You need to follow the ins and outs of SC’s football program more closely, and the various NCAA probes.

    Reggie Bush wasn’t the entire squad, and considering the NCAA’ microscope trained on the program, I doubt anyone on the current team is receiving favors from boosters.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/28/2008 @ 10:56 am

  8. Comment by Paul (creator of “Staunch Brayer”) — 12/28/2008 @ 10:56 am

    Boy, you are bound and determined to deny some of us our little fantasy, aren’t you?

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/28/2008 @ 2:30 pm

  9. maybe the times could do a series of articles on new careers for former newspaper employees, so they can be ready for the paper’s closing……

    Comment by redc1c4 — 12/28/2008 @ 2:38 pm

  10. Boy, you are bound and determined to deny some of us our little fantasy, aren’t you?

    Actually, I’ve long thought it ridiculous that the second-biggest TV market in the US doesn’t have a team in the biggest sports league in the US.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/28/2008 @ 3:38 pm

  11. series of articles on new careers for former newspaper employees

    Or “where are they now?” pieces.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 12/28/2008 @ 5:30 pm

  12. Comment by Paul (creator of “Staunch Brayer”) — 12/28/2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Well, that condition could be corrected as long as one of those team owners was willing to spend his own money for a stadium.
    The taxpayers of the Greater Los Angeles area, whenever they are asked, absolutely refuse to subsidize some billionaire just so he can stroke his ego by having a pro-football team in Los Angeles.
    But, there is a plus side: NO BLACKOUTS!
    We get four NFL games (IIRC) every Sunday: alternating two/one on Fox/CBS, plus the evening game on NBC.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/28/2008 @ 7:02 pm

  13. AD, weren’t there some battles between each city in the LA area over the location of any future football stadium, even though all stadium referendums have been rejected?

    No blackouts: very true. How would you like to be in New York or in the Baltimore – Washington DC area, where people hardly see any games other than the local teams?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/28/2008 @ 8:08 pm

  14. I don’t even want to fly over the NY, Bal/DC areas.
    PPV was invented for people too stupid to move from the east-coast ghetto.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/28/2008 @ 8:27 pm

  15. “…weren’t there some battles between each city in the LA area over the location of any future football stadium, even though all stadium referendums have been rejected?…”

    The only battles are between the politicians who want to get the free tickets and the obligatory hospitality suite, and the taxpayers of their respective cities who refuse to pay for the ego massage of billionairs.
    Every time this issue comes up, the taxpayers either shout it down in council meetings, or vote it down at the polls.
    It is now a non-starter.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/28/2008 @ 8:30 pm

  16. I think the comments have answered my questions about the important issues. Football.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 12/29/2008 @ 12:43 am

  17. 1, USC is screwed this year after that stupid loss in Oregon.

    Signed a USC Dad

    Comment by PCD — 12/29/2008 @ 1:01 pm

  18. When the Rams left Anaheim, I tried to educate the populace on Football team ownership, but they didn’t want to listen as to why the Green Bay Packers will never move.

    Comment by PCD — 12/29/2008 @ 1:03 pm

  19. Boo-hoo-hoo on your football team. When Big Blue (NFL Oilers) left town to become the Titans, Houston wanted a new team. The NFL wanted only one new team, and they wanted it in LA (correction, Cleveland got the Browns Lite, plus another team: reservation LA). Houston delivered a viable package showing solid support. LA delivered a lukewarm response. Twice the NFL extended the time frame desperately trying to give LA enough time to put together a package.

    If I recall correctly, there was even an attempt to have another team move here, which the NFL nixed. (Good thing, for the irony of stealing a team because ours was stolen would be too rich…) LA did not care. The NFL was forced, and that is an accurate description, to admit that Houston was more ready, more willing, and more able to support a new team.

    You guys will have to wait for Seattle or San Diego to collapse, then steal their team. Just, please, don’t give them a new stadium to seal the deal. We did it, and that monument of city-pride-trumping-the-budget sickens me every time.

    Comment by Chris — 12/29/2008 @ 1:35 pm

  20. Comment by Chris — 12/29/2008 @ 1:35 pm

    Some of us would welcome (back) the Chargers with open arms as long lost cousins, but not with any stadium deal that they would like, which would be the reason they might leave San Diego eventually.

    The hemming-and-hawing re L.A. v Houston was strictly related to the taxpayers being unwilling to pop for a stadium, and the NFL being unwilling to play in either Memorial Coliseum, or the Rose Bowl.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/29/2008 @ 2:03 pm

  21. Good thing, for the irony of stealing a team because ours was stolen would be too rich…

    Can you say Baltimore?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/29/2008 @ 4:43 pm

  22. Some of us would welcome (back) the Chargers with open arms as long lost cousins, but not with any stadium deal that they would like, which would be the reason they might leave San Diego eventually.

    You guys wouldn’t take Al Davis back? :)

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") — 12/29/2008 @ 4:46 pm

  23. Comment by Paul (creator of “Staunch Brayer”) — 12/29/2008 @ 4:46 pm
    Personally, only if I could bury him in one of those pits in Irwindale – he would have his own personal stadium to perform in.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/29/2008 @ 7:53 pm

  24. AD, I could never understand the NFL’s problem with either the Coliseum or the Rose Bowl other than USC and UCLA play there and they are old.

    Comment by PCD — 12/30/2008 @ 5:56 am

  25. Comment by PCD — 12/30/2008 @ 5:56 am
    No Luxury Boxes.

    Comment by Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) — 12/30/2008 @ 12:48 pm

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