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  • Follow the money? It's not always so easy

    Follow the money? It's not always so easy

    During a hotly contested race this year to replace Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, three apartment rental companies that listed the same chief executive and same address in state records each contributed the maximum donation allowed to candidate Carolyn Ramsay. Such a cluster of giving...

  • Outside money aiding incumbents in L.A. City Council races

    Outside money aiding incumbents in L.A. City Council races

    Unlimited outside spending in the campaigns for seven Los Angeles City Council seats has topped $1.2 million, with the vast majority of the money going to help incumbents at City Hall. The spending has only added to the lopsided nature of the contests in Tuesday's election. On the Eastside, total...

  • Money for L.A. council District 4 candidates not all homegrown

    Money for L.A. council District 4 candidates not all homegrown

    More than a dozen candidates are stumping for votes in L.A.'s sprawling City Council District 4, an area that spans Sherman Oaks, the Hollywood Hills and Miracle Mile. But as they drum up campaign cash, their dollars don't necessarily come from those neighborhoods. A Los Angeles Times analysis...

  • High-density development on voters' radar in L.A.'s Council District 6

    High-density development on voters' radar in L.A.'s Council District 6

    Jim Stein stands before a wooded lot across from Birmingham High School and describes a 187-unit apartment complex that a builder hopes to put there. It would rise six stories and add 1,000 car trips through the area each day. And there would be just one way in and out — onto busy Victory Boulevard....

  • Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race

    Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race

    On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa's to win. A former Democratic legislator who had served in both the state Assembly and Senate, Correa was a familiar and respected figure in Santa Ana, a city big enough to easily carry the race. But when the final votes were...

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