| Oct 3, 2013
Under the Los Angeles city charter, the mayor has no formal power over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But this has not stopped mayors — including Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa — from using the bully pulpit and the power of...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:07 AM
As the nation entered Day 2 of a federal government shutdown, national parks in California were clearing out the last of their visitors, with the gates locking behind them.
The National Park Service operates 26 parks and other landmarks in California...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:57 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told at least five of the city's department heads that he has decided to keep them as high-level managers, part of his months-long effort to build a new administration.
Garcetti, who is going through a review of...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Government agencies have shut down because Congress has failed to pass the necessary money bills, known as appropriations, needed to keep them open. What’s the impact?
Q: Will mail delivery and post offices keep operating as usual?
A: Yes. The...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 7:40 PM
SAN DIEGO — There was a banner above Saturday's sneak-peak celebration for the city's new nine-story, ultramodern downtown central library: "The Story Begins. Discover Your Next Chapter."
That next chapter begins in full Monday when the $184.9-...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 6:52 PM
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance.
After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 4:50 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.
Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 11:04 AM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed veteran Hollywood executive Tom Sherak to be his senior film advisor.
Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will lead Garcetti’s efforts to support the...
| Sep 24, 2013
With summer officially over, the Los Angeles officials who were elected in May lose their newbie status; their remaining organizational work should be attended to without further delay. In the case of Mayor Eric Garcetti, that includes the appointment...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Two Los Angeles City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:00 PM
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Clad in a black Stetson and Tony Lama lizard-skin boots, Mayor Vince Francia adjusted the holster on his right leg. His six-shooter was loaded with blanks.
At least 300 spectators milled around the dusty gravel parking lot of...