| Nov 30, 2013
| 7:08 PM
SACRAMENTO — The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat.
One of the three candidates in the contest — all...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Judging from the emails, many readers think that eliminating special elections to fill vacant legislative seats and simply allowing the governor to choose replacements would be dangerously un-American.
"Oh, sure," has been the...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Two L.A. City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:55 AM
Two L.A. City Council members are calling for the city to explore bond measures to help property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major earthquake.
The proposal by Tom LaBonge and Mitch Englander asks city staff...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The city of Los Angeles sent a request Thursday formally asking a UC Berkeley engineering professor for a list of concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.
A team of researchers, led by Jack Moehle, have a database of...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:41 PM
Ending days of mixed messages, the city of Los Angeles sent a request Thursday formally asking a UC Berkeley engineering professor for a list of concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.
The professor, Jack Moehle,...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 6:51 PM
A sharply divided Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday failed to muster the votes needed to file an appeal challenging California’s rules for ride-sharing services, capping months of debate about the city’s role in regulating the new taxi...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:14 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing a tangle of unforeseen political and legal challenges as he grapples with what action the city should take to identify and reinforce hundreds of old concrete buildings that may be at risk of collapse in a major...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks submitted separate motions Tuesday calling on the city to review and conduct reports on the earthquake safety of the city’s older concrete buildings.
The motions follow a Times report on concrete...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In a rare but perhaps fleeting triumph of clear-headed thinking at Los Angeles City Hall, high-level officials have rescinded a citation issued to a South L.A. family for the crime of planting squash in their frontyard.
On the evening of my Wednesday...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 3:24 PM
A high-level staffer to Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks has alleged that an aide to Council President Herb Wesson dismissed a plan for redrawing political boundaries by saying it would put “too many Mexicans” into Wesson’s...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The lawyer for a group of Los Angeles residents looking to undo year-old boundaries for 15 City Council districts filed a complaint Wednesday accusing two top elected officials — including newly inaugurated Mayor Eric Garcetti — of violating...