| Jul 26, 2013
| 4:07 PM
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has reluctantly approved a Kaiser Permanente rate hike for more than 45,000 public employees and their families, after aggressively pressing the nonprofit healthcare coverage provider for months to justify the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications.
In a 7-0 vote, the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 7:13 PM
SAN DIEGO - The city attorney's office may seek a restraining order to bar Mayor Bob Filner from City Hall because his presence allegedly creates a hostile working environment for women.
"It is a possibility as a last resort," Michael Giorgino,...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Ordinarily, I don't spend more than an hour or so at a time in Los Angeles City Hall. I get in and out of there, quick as a burglar, to avoid having my judgment impaired.
I thought longingly about that approach on Friday, when I attended a windy...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:20 AM
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Amid the news coverage of Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing, Michael thought he heard something about public-sector workers there not paying Social Security taxes.
What's up with that? Aren't all...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 2:30 PM
For Sunday’s mayoral inaugural, city workers removed (thank goodness) the big sign at the top of City Hall’s grand Spring Street ceremonial granite steps. Perhaps you know the sign. It says, “CITY EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE ONLY. PUBLIC...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:39 PM
Two men could face life in prison if convicted of embezzling more than $822,000 from the city of Buena Park during their time as city employees, the Orange County district attorney’s office said Tuesday.
Rudolph P. Juarez, 56, of Anaheim, who...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 3:50 PM
Two state employees have been arrested and charged with accepting bribes from a contractor accused of defrauding the state, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Tuesday.
Michael Mathison, owner of Veteran Toners Services, allegedly supplied inflated...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:03 PM
If I were a government employee in California, I'd cringe anytime I heard the name Bruce Malkenhorst.
Malkenhorst worked for the tiny city of Vernon for 29 years, culminating with his tenure as city manager. He somehow persuaded his employer to pay...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new offer of a 4.5% pay raise to the largest state employee union could affect the decision of a citizens panel that meets Wednesday to decide whether to give salary increases to the governor and legislators.
It could be a...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Officials who oversee the healthcare plans of San Francisco public employees and their families excoriated Kaiser executives Thursday for failing to adequately explain a proposed rate increase, but ultimately voted to back it as...