| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:19 PM
Eggplant gardens, at least for now, are officially protected in Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told me Tuesday that he has instructed city staff to "cool their jets" after learning from this column about two citizens who'd been ordered to remove...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 8:14 AM
SAN DIEGO -- The campaign to recall Mayor Bob Filner amid accusations of sexual harassment begins gathering signatures Sunday.
Under city law, the recall group has 39 days to gather more than 101,000 signatures of registered voters to force a recall...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would probably be doing the city a favor if he resigned. More than a dozen women have publicly accused him of sexual harassment, and his behavior since the allegations first surfaced hasn't exactly inspired confidence. After his...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:09 PM
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled the funding plan for California’s bullet train failed to comply with state law but stopped short of immediately disrupting appropriations.
In a closely watched case, Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled that...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 7:52 PM
Mayor Eric Garcetti continued his shake-up of city government Thursday, replacing four of five members on the civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Fire Department, an agency he has identified as needing significant reform.
One of the departing...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 4:43 PM
SAN DIEGO — After six weeks of scandal and demands for his ouster, Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign just eight months into his first term as part of a proposed mediation deal reached with city officials over his sexual harassment lawsuit,...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The City Council of Richmond, Calif., rejected a challenge to the city's proposal to seize and write down troubled mortgages, instead voting 4 to 3 to invite other local governments to join its radical approach to slowing a wave of foreclosures. ...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:53 AM
SAN DIEGO — Mayor Bob Filner, in his first response to the recall movement aimed at ousting him from office, said this: "Now is not the time to go backwards."
Through his attorneys, Filner issued a statement late Monday to the recall committee set...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Mayor Eric Garcetti put his mark on the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, announcing plans to shake up the civilian panel that oversees the force with four new members.
The most notable name on Garcetti's list of nominees was real estate...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Richmond is taking action on its housing crisis, but is the California city going too far in its mission to save homeowners from underwater mortgages?
On Tuesday, Richmond sent notices to holders of underwater mortgages asking them to sell their loans...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
America's failure to solve the continuing mortgage crisis is the most serious lapse in the aftermath of the 2008 subprime meltdown. Several decades of increased homeownership rates in working-class and minority communities have been wiped out. Most...