David Zahniser

David Zahniser covers Los Angeles City Hall for the City-County bureau. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2007 and previously wrote on local government for the Claremont Courier, Pasadena Star-News, the Daily Breeze, the L.A. Weekly and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a graduate of Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles.

Recent Articles

  • Garcetti takes oath for second term as L.A. mayor

    Garcetti takes oath for second term as L.A. mayor

    Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in for his second and final term Saturday night, in a ceremony that cast Los Angeles as a resurgent metropolis building new museums, bridges and rail lines — but also confronting a crisis of affordability in housing. Standing outside City Hall, Garcetti highlighted...

  • AIDS nonprofit reaches deal over contested Hollywood office high-rise

    AIDS nonprofit reaches deal over contested Hollywood office high-rise

    The nonprofit group that pushed unsuccessfully this year for a crackdown on Los Angeles “mega-developments” has reached a settlement in its legal fight over a planned Hollywood office complex. AIDS Healthcare Foundation agreed to drop its lawsuit after the developer, Hudson Pacific Properties,...

  • DWP contract could spark costly demands from other city unions

    DWP contract could spark costly demands from other city unions

    Four years ago, Los Angeles’ elected officials wrested major financial concessions from the Department of Water and Power’s biggest and most powerful employee union, persuading those workers to go three years without raises. City budget officials billed the agreement as a road map for negotiations...

  • The DWP's biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021

    The DWP's biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who campaigned four years ago as someone who would stand up for Department of Water and Power ratepayers, is pushing a proposal to give six raises within five years to more than 9,000 workers at the utility. The salary agreement, backed Tuesday by Garcetti’s appointees...

  • When it comes to Southern California's heat wave, the worst is yet to come

    When it comes to Southern California's heat wave, the worst is yet to come

    Firefighters labored in scorching heat Sunday against five separate brush fires across Southern California as forecasters warned of more triple-digit temperatures in inland communities. The punishing heat wave broke records on Sunday in Lancaster, Palmdale and Sandberg, which saw highs of 108,...

  • L.A. council panel backs plan for a new city holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day

    L.A. council panel backs plan for a new city holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day

    The fight over what to do with Columbus Day in Los Angeles is heading for a showdown at the City Council — one that has already exposed lingering wounds over race, oppression and national identity. The council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee unanimously...

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