By Richard Risemberg February, 2003–Recently, Los Angeles suffered another outbreak of stadiumitis (medical name is subsidy entitlement delusional disorder). It’s a disease that causes rich people to run around City Hall screeching repeatedly that if they are only given money, tax breaks, and infrastructure improvements in exchange for building a private, for-profit stadium, the city […]

Play It Again. . . .

While New York City has been pretty boldly moving ahead in making the Big Apple safer and more convivial, with bike lanes, traffic calming, transit enhancements, and such grand successes as the liberation of Times Square from death squads of manic drivers, here on the Left Coast, Los Angeles has moved with only the greatest […]

By Corey Matsumoto [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Earth Day

(Originally posted in May, 2001, but still all too relevant)¬†Earth Day came and went as modestly as a ninety-year-old virgin last week, but before it shuffled back into obscurity, I was tabbed to give an Earth Day speech at a local prep school. Before my turn came to talk, the science teacher announced the winners […]