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Shanghai is No. 1 in the world’s largest metro economies

Shanghai is No. 1 in the world’s largest metro economies

LOS ANGELES ,CA–Shanghai, China, was at the top of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies last year, while Athens, Greece, came in dead last at number 200, according to the Brookings Institution. Brookings, which released its [...]

Los Angeles seeing red (ink) in $72 million budget deficit

Los Angeles seeing red (ink) in $72 million budget deficit

LOS ANGELES —  Less than six months into its fiscal year, Los Angeles is facing a $72 million budget deficit, according to a report released by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, budget advisor to Mayor Antonio [...]

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett keeping his city lean and livable

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett keeping his city lean and livable

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who was born and raised in Oklahoma City.  Cornett earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.  He then began a successful [...]

Top 10 cities where commuting will drive you crazy

Top 10 cities where commuting will drive you crazy

LOS ANGELES — Think that you’re just imagining that your drive to or from work is getting worse?  You’re not, according to the fourth annual National Traffic Scorecard recently released by INRIX. A leading provider of [...]

Wal-Mart announces plans to open two additional stores in Washington, D.C. making a total of six new outlets in the District

Wal-Mart announces plans to open two additional stores in Washington, D.C. making a total of six new outlets in the District

Washington, D.C. – In somewhat of a surprise move, retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans November 16 to build two more stores in Washington.    The additional outlets come on top of the already announced four stores Wal-Mart [...]

Russian rocket, Republican presidential candidates debates and, and the third one, I can’t.  Sorry.  Oops.

Russian rocket, Republican presidential candidates debates and, and the third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.

LOS ANGELES ( MAYORS & CITIES ) — It’s bad out there.  But there actually is some fun to be had.  Really. We’re less than a year out from the 2012 election and President Obama faces [...]

Hope in the air for L.A. County residents to avoid choppy nights trying to sleep

Hope in the air for L.A. County residents to avoid choppy nights trying to sleep

LOS ANGELES ( MAYORS & CITIES ) — Whump.  Whump.  Whump.  It sounds like you’re scouring the jungles searching for Viet Cong as U.S. combat helicopters swoop over you drowning out all noise but the roar [...]

NYC Mayor outlines his ideas in DC to get the Super Committee moving

NYC Mayor outlines his ideas in DC to get the Super Committee moving

WASHINGTON,DC — In a lengthy address Tuesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spelled out his vision of how Washington’s so-called “Super Committee” could balance the federal budget to spur economic growth.  Bloomberg’s November 8 remarks [...]

Are major banks having withdrawal pains from Saturday’s Bank Transfer Day?

Are major banks having withdrawal pains from Saturday’s Bank Transfer Day?

LOS  ANGELES — Last Friday, Mayors & Cities Magazine wrote an article on what was to be the next day’s culmination of moving vast sums of money by consumers from major banks to credit unions and [...]

Chicago receives $6 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Chicago receives $6 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies

LOS  ANGELES — Chicago has just received a $6 million, three-year grant from New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropy program.  The grant, which will be augmented by raising an additional $3 million in private [...]

Republicans again unite to stymie Obama’s jobs plan but at what cost to the GOP and, more importantly, the country

Republicans again unite to stymie Obama’s jobs plan but at what cost to the GOP and, more importantly, the country

LOS ANGELES — Watching Congress for the past couple of years, I feel as though I’m trapped at some defunct drive-in movie theater watching a horrible zombie film (are there any others) that instead of the [...]

New Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman sets up shop

New Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman sets up shop

LAS VEGAS — Carolyn G.  Goodman was sworn in as Las Vegas mayor July 6, 2011 with her husband, and previous Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman administering the oath of office.   It was the only known instance [...]

Top 10 States with highest debt per capita and what it means to cities

Top 10 States with highest debt per capita and what it means to cities

LOS  ANGELES –The on-going federal stalemates over cutting deficits and trying to raise revenues are taking their toll on the states, many of which are facing their own dire financial straits.  The days of surplus state [...]

Forget about hurting big business, first casualties of L.A.’s “Occupy” movement are the little guys

Forget about hurting big business, first casualties of L.A.’s “Occupy” movement are the little guys

LOS  ANGELES — In an irony that eclipses most, the Occupy L.A. protestors have successfully stymied a weekly farmers market that is held on City Hall grounds and has been for years.  Vendors truck in fresh [...]

Los Angeles City Council Passes a Resolution in Support of “Occupy LA” Demonstrators

Los Angeles City Council Passes a Resolution in Support of “Occupy LA” Demonstrators

LOS ANGELES ( Charles Fredeen ) The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution on October 12 supporting the First Amendment rights of demonstrators camped outside City Hall for the Occupy LA movement.  As the protest [...]

Bring our troops home to save our cities

Bring our troops home to save our cities

BY CHARLES FREDEEN — Crunch, shake and jerk with thoughts of whiplash in the back of your mind.  That’s what American drivers encounter daily on our streets. High-speed trains that are anything but high-speed.  Train stations [...]

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