| Feb 6, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel laid out an expensive plan Tuesday to expand the ranks of the Los Angeles police and fire departments by about 20% over seven years — a goal her critics dismissed as virtually impossible given the city's current...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects.
Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking.
It is perhaps that third one that made...
| Nov 11, 2012
L.A. pension reforms: An article in the Nov. 9 LATExtra section about Los Angeles mayoral candidate and Councilwoman Jan Perry's plan to reform the city's pension system referred to a plan by former Mayor Richard Riordan to cut retirement costs by...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 1:05 AM
From the City Council that declared war on trans-fats and fast-food restaurants comes the latest way to make residents feel, well, guilty about what they eat.
The Los Angeles council, in a 14-0 vote on Nov. 9, adopted a resolution urging residents to...
| Sep 30, 2012
Les Butts of Woodland Hills was walking his dog earlier this month, which can be a dangerous activity in a city with nearly 5,000 miles of ruptured sidewalk. Butts, a musical instrument salesman, hit a patch of uneven pavement and took a tumble, falling...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 9:35 PM
A plan to strip a promised park from land once used by the South Central Farm took a step forward Monday when a Los Angeles City Council committee voted 4 to 0 to send the proposal to the full council.......
| Jan 23, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council has a new president, Herb Wesson. But does a new president change anything?
The council president is just one vote of 15 on that notoriously difficult to manage body. In that sense, he's not much different from his...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 9:34 PM
Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson could become the first African-American president of the elected governing body in its 161-year history. Council President Eric Garcetti, who is running for mayor, plans to introduce a motion on Friday nominating...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 4:34 PM
The L.A. City Council took more steps to chip away at the city's business tax, voting to exempt mutual fund firms. The council also asked for an ordinance to be drafted that would extend the three-year tax break offered to new businesses after it...
| Nov 21, 2011
Los Angeles will not elect a new mayor for another 17 months — the nation will consider President Obama's future first — but the race for City Hall is already underway. Most of the likely candidates are raising money and building support,...
| Feb 20, 2012
Downtown Los Angeles today is divided between two City Council districts, with Jose Huizar representing one part of the city center and Jan Perry representing the other. Despite maneuverings and tweaks, when a city commission and the council finish...
| Dec 19, 2011
Fresh on the heels of Los Angeles County's contentious, divisive and nakedly political supervisorial redistricting debate, the City Council is embarking on its process. Early signs are that it will be contentious, divisive and nakedly political. The...