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Memo to Greuel: Make that $999,990 in equipment missing.

You probably reacted as I did when you heard that the city of LA can’t account for a million dollars in equipment.

You probably said to yourself, “They aren’t getting my stapler.”

It’s an old LA tradition that dates back to the 1950s. To buy votes, politicians gave out staplers. Mine -- a Swingline 94-02 that ALWAYS works -- came from City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, and it came in exchange for my not speaking out against a zoning change she was seeking.

If City Controller Wendy Greuel wants it back, she’s going to have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

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