Now, City Hall is taking its war against the public to a new level by steamrolling through a phony phone tax while hiking water and power rates and imposing a gang tax without a gang strategy. City Hall is out of control with its lust for more and more of your money to put into the pockets of the unions, contractors and developers who keep our politicians in office. The politicians’ answer to every problem is another fee, another tax, another rate hike. But the problems never get fixed. Traffic gets worse. Gangs grow more numerous. The infrastructure is falling apart. There’s something fundamentally wrong with how the city is being run – and has been run for a long time. And it seems the only way for people to get attention is to sue City Hall. L.A.’s firefighters found they couldn’t stop the hazing and harassment on the job, but they could sue the pants off the city and walk away millionaires. WHERE are all the public-interest lawyers? They ought to be clamoring for a piece of the great L.A. rip-off in which 4 million Angelenos have been victims of City Hall. It’s clear now that City Hall politicians have no intention of listening to the people and serving them. All the politicians understand are lawsuits. That’s why they pay off millions of dollars every year to employees who are victims of mistreatment in the workplace and citizens who are mistreated by the city on the streets. For decades, the political class of Los Angeles has been squandering the city’s wealth on deals that benefit special interests, build monuments to their own grandiose egos and give away the public treasury to city unions and an enormous bureaucracy. Evidence of this pattern of deceit has mounted for years, from the outrageous lies told to water down term limits and get taxes passed, to the false claims that the politicians were actually fixing traffic congestion, getting rid of street gangs, paving streets and sidewalks and standing up for the business community and the creation of good jobs. This is a city that has surrendered the Police Department to federal control and now is about to be forced into a federal court consent decree over the Fire Department. It’s a clear-cut case: City Hall is using deception to bilk the public. Isn’t that as contrary to the public’s interest as target advertising to hook young kids on nicotine? Go on, sue City Hall. If the public doesn’t, someone else surely will.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 33. Jordon Ibe (right wing) – With Adam Lallana struggling for form, teenage star Ibe may get the chance to shine against the Hammers 12 12 12 12 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 Liverpool are now within touching distance of the top four, so can Jurgen Klopp’s men continue their climb up the table and kick off 2016 with three points against West Ham on Saturday?The Reds have recovered from their mid-season blip, although somewhat unconvincingly with two 1-0 wins courtesy of back-to-back Christian Benteke strikes.But will their forward be boosted by the return of England striker Daniel Sturridge as the Reds travel to Upton Park on the hunt for a third consecutive Premier League win?Sturridge hasn’t featured since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of December, when he suffered a fresh injury blow.Reports this week have suggested the frontman could make a return to the team for the West Ham clash, after revealing on social media this week he is ‘good to go’ after making a return to training.However, is appears Jurgen Klopp is still cautious over Sturridge’s long-term fitness, with confirmation the frontman has NOT travelled with the team to London.Captain Jordan Henderson is also out of the game after limping out of the victory over Sunderland with a foot injury, while the likes of Divock Origi [hamstring], midfielder James Milner [calf] and defender Martin Skrtel are also on the sidelines.So, with Sturridge sidelined, who will Klopp pick to face Slaven Bilic’s men? Click the right arrow for talkSPORT’s predicted XI… 21. Lucas (holding midfield) – Supposing captain Henderson is ruled out, the Brazilian is likely to deputise 12 12 12 23. Emre Can (holding midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 10. Philippe Coutinho (left wing) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 9. Christian Benteke (striker) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham