| Apr 9, 2012
If the Los Angeles mayoral election were held tomorrow, three candidates would be elbowing for the lead: City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. That comes from a new poll, conducted by the Center...
| May 20, 2013
As the campaign for mayor of Los Angeles has played out over the last two years, the complaints I've heard most often are that none of the candidates has reached for big ideas, that the field has lacked big personalities and that the two finalists are...
| May 13, 2013
There are good reasons for most of the city's campaign finance laws. Individual contribution limits are intended to keep a single donor from purchasing the support of a candidate. Public financing is intended to level the playing field between...
| Jan 7, 2013
Eight years ago, after former California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg was knocked out of the L.A. mayor's race in the primary, urban critic Joel Kotkin and political consultant Arnie Steinberg bravely predicted that the chances of a Jew ever being...
| Dec 31, 2012
City Councilman Dennis Zine has never struck me as a controller type. He's garrulous, outgoing, street-smart — the remnants of his first career as a Los Angeles police officer and union representative. He was a forceful personality at the Police...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature.
The elections interrupt the legislative process, he asserts, and they bleed local...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:17 PM
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans.
Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Once a year, politicians, lobbyists and other City Hall power players get together for a fancy dinner at the Beverly Hilton to make fun of each other for a good cause. The honoree at this year's Los Angeles Political Roast,......
| Apr 6, 2012
| 9:35 PM
The editorial board of the Whitter Daily News is taking heat from local activists after the newspaper posted an ''erroneous" city council campaign endorsement on-line, then substitued a corrected version overnight....
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Cornered at the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet, Kim Kardashian told reporters she’s “thinking about” running for Glendale mayor almost two weeks after a video clip surfaced in which she quipped about running for...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 4:38 PM
A coalition of law enforcement officials, civil rights organizations and taxpayer groups says it has submitted enough signatures to local election officials to qualify a November ballot initiative to change California's three-strikes law....