FROM Mike Feuer
Understanding the $10 million legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants Los Angeles takes on Donald Trump. The city has earmarked $10 million to defend undocumented immigrants from deportation. How will that work?
Artist evictions The Ghost Ship fire in Oakland has launched a nationwide wave of evictions for artists who either live or work in un-permitted warehouse spaces. DnA visits Big Art Factory, where about 70 artists have been told to leave after city inspectors visited the site. LA city officials say they're balancing the need for affordable spaces with the safety of residents. Are developers leveraging the fire to clear the way for high-end developments?
Property Crackdown Today Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced he was suing a mid-city hotel owner. Feuer says the place is a magnet for drugs and crime and that he wants it cleaned up. He also wants the motel owner to live there until the job gets done. What’s more, Feuer is using this strategy all over the city. We talk to him and ask whether he is seeing any results.
L.A. Foreclosures The great recession may be over, but we’re still dealing with its aftermath. This week, the Los Angeles city council approved a plan that would make it easier for the city to seize foreclosed homes that are dilapidated. These are bank-owned homes. The mayor still needs to approve the plan, but it would be City Attorney Mike Feuer’s job to execute it.
Wells Fargo Bank Sued by L.A. California-based Wells Fargo Bank with its folksy stage-coach logo is being accused of highway robbery. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of employing shady, high-pressure sales tactics - such as opening bogus bank accounts - to juice its sales. What are the details of the allegations, and what is Wells Fargo's overall track record when it comes to customer shadiness?
Prohibiting People Living in Their Cars Last year a federal appeals court struck down an LA ordinance prohibiting people from living in their vehicles. In their ruling, judges described the law as “an invitation to discriminate against the poor.” Now the city attorney, Mike Feuer, has written two amended versions of the ordinance for consideration by the city council. How are these new drafts different, and what will it mean for the thousands of people living in cars and RVs on LA’s streets.
Water Funds Fight Some 40 million dollars of rate payer money has been squirreled away in two mysterious funds controlled by the Department of Water and Power’s union. The head of that union, Brian D’Arcy, has refused to disclose how the money is being spent. So now City Attorney Mike Feuer has sued to get a court-appointed receiver to take over the funds.
LA City Attorney on Foreclosure Suit Many parts of Los Angeles are still feeling the effects of the mortgage crisis. In some neighborhoods, empty, foreclosed houses have become magnets for trash and crime. And L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer says the big banks are to blame. His lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo alleges that the banks engaged in predatory and racist lending practices that hurt L.A. borrowers, and ultimately the city’s finances.
LA City Attorney to Begin Shuttering Pot Dispensaries City Attorney Mike Feuer has announced a crackdown on 38 pot shops in the City of Los Angeles, and they could be the first of many. Hundreds reportedly operate now, and in May voters enacted a ban, except for those that applied for licenses before 2007. Feuer has issued a list of 134 he says qualify for the exemption.
LA's New City Attorney It's been 12 years since Mike Feuer was a Los Angeles City Councilman. In the meantime, he spent three terms in the State Assembly. Now he's back at City Hall, having defeated incumbent Carmen Trutanich in this year's election. He's been on our program many times, and we welcome him back as Los Angeles City Attorney.
Three Candidates for LA City Attorney The Los Angeles City Attorney defends the city against civil lawsuits and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses. He or she provides legal counsel to the mayor, the city council and departments and drafts all new laws and ordinances. We're joined by three candidates in the studio: incumbent Carmen Trutanich , Mike Feuer , who was termed out of the state assembly last year, and private attorney Greg Smith . A fourth candidate, Noel Weiss , is on the ballot, but has not raised money and doesn't appear to be campaigning. One former attorney, Burt Pines, has said it's an office with broad powers so, "it just depends on what you want to do."
Trying to Fill Another Huge State Budget gap It’s budget season again in Sacramento, with a June 30th deadline that hasn’t been met for the past 20 years. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed spending plan calls for massive program cuts and no new taxes—a formula for another extended standoff.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.