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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is the top prosecutor in the most populous state in the nation, but her counterparts in six other states, including Tennessee and Alabama were paid more last year, a state salary survey has found. The California...
L.A. NOWState Treasurer Bill Lockyer sought a legal opinion from Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to determine if some local education officials and the municipal finance firms they employ are violating state law by campaigning to get school construction bonds passed....
WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from California and eight other states on Monday publicly urged President Obama to replace Edward J. DeMarco, the controversial acting regulator for housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The state officials...
L.A. NOWNearing the three-week mark, jurors in the Bell corruption trial resumed deliberations Thursday without any indication that a verdict is close. The four-week trial of Luis Artiga, Victor Bello, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George...
L.A. NOWDeliberations resumed Wednesday in the Bell corruption trial, marking the 13th day of discussions regarding the bloated salaries of six former council members accused of inflating their pay by serving on boards and agencies that rarely met. The panel did....
It was the sort of letter designed to get attention. "Final attempt to notify," it said on the outside. Within, an official-looking "product warranty expiration notice" said that my Toyota's service contract "is expiring or has expired." It provided a...
This post has been updated. See note below for details.Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has appointed Eric Casher, an experienced trial attorney who served on a fundraising panel for President Obama, to the state Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces campaign-finance and conflict-of-interest laws....
Tags: Ethics, Finance, Political Fundraising, Elections, Values
L.A. NOWA federal magistrate has recommended the release of a prison inmate serving life without parole for a triple murder arson, ruling the man received a “fundamentally unfair” trial because of his lawyer’s “unprofessional”...
Although the next statewide election is nearly two years away, some groups are already lining up behind candidates who may face tough political battles. Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) has locked up early endorsements from President Obama and others in...
Tags: Mike Honda, Bill Lockyer, Barack Obama, Politics, Elections
SACRAMENTO -- The California Senate approved a $24-million expenditure on Thursday to speed the confiscation of guns from people who have been disqualified from owning firearms because of criminal convictions or serious mental illness. Sen. Mark Leno...
Tags: Firearms, Justice System, Mark Leno, Jim Nielsen, Government
This post has been updated, as indicated below.WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has endorsed a constitutional right to marry for gays and lesbians, urging the Supreme Court to strike down California’s voter-passed law barring same-sex marriage as well as laws in at least the seven other...
L.A. NOWCalifornia Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is urging lawmakers to fund improvements to a state database system that could help identify physicians who recklessly prescribe prescription drugs. In an interview with The Times, Harris said she wanted to use the.....
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