| Feb 21, 2009
More than half of the Los Angeles City Council's seats are up for election on the March 3 ballot, but only in the 5th District, where Jack Weiss is leaving to run for city attorney, is the outcome in serious question. Six candidates are vying for Weiss'...
| Jun 16, 2008
It's 9 a.m. on a Thursday and Paul Waters and Kevin Voecks are paging through photos of cakes at the Vienna Bakery in Thousand Oaks.
"Would you want something like that?" Voecks asked, pausing briefly on one.
"Hmmm," Waters replied.
It's 12 days...
| Jun 18, 2008
Monday night. Less than 24 hours before the wedding.
Paul Waters was restless. Every day for the last three weeks, he was consumed with planning his marriage to Kevin Voecks. They had waited 15 years for this moment, from the time they had matching...
| Oct 11, 2009
Legislative leaders said they were making progress Sunday as they struggled to work out a water deal, but couldn't predict if they would reach agreement.
"It's hard to say how close you are until you get there," said Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth as...
| Oct 12, 2009
Although he failed to win bipartisan accord on a sweeping, multibillion-dollar plan to address the state's water problems, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday night backed down on his threat to veto hundreds of bills as punishment for legislative...
| Oct 12, 2009
| 12:42 PM
California will test requiring that drivers convicted of drunken driving install devices that block vehicles from starting if alcohol is detected on the drivers' breath.
The bill by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a Democrat from Los Angeles,is among those...
| Oct 17, 2009
California is embarking on an unprecedented civil court experiment to pay for attorneys to represent poor litigants who find themselves battling powerful adversaries in vital matters affecting their livelihoods and families.
The program is the first in...
| Nov 17, 2009
Years ago, pundits and pols began redrawing the California political map with an east-west divide, erasing the historic north-south split. Now they can partition it north-south again, at least in mapping the reignited water war.
In voting patterns and...
| Aug 17, 2009
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Against a backdrop of deep fiscal distress, several state lawmakers rewarded their employees with pay hikes during the first half of the year, an Associated Press review of legislative pay records showed.
At least 87 California...
| Mar 1, 2009
If any section of Los Angeles knows how to confound the political establishment, it's the City Council's 5th District, a string of affluent Westside neighborhoods that has been electing newcomers and outsiders for decades.
In 1953, voters picked 22-year-...