| Jul 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Celebrating the demise of California's Proposition 8 is one thing. But many of even the most fervent supporters of same-sex marriage have problems with the way it ended — tossed back to lower courts by the U.S. Supreme Court because the parties...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 9:07 AM
When lawyers for the city of Los Angeles took Deutsche Bank to court two years ago, they decried the world’s-fourth largest bank as among the city’s worst slumlords and sought hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties and restitution.
| Jun 30, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn’t that mean he’s mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:07 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and members of the Legislature are getting pay raises. The little-known California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to permit 5% salary increases for all statewide elected officials, the 80 members of the Assembly and...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Given half a chance — any rationale at all — governments invariably will try to restrict the citizenry's access to public information. Especially if it might shine the light on official stupidity or misbehavior.
| 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 26, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't like to use the word "vindication," he told a crowd of reporters Wednesday. It's the kind of term that can get an elected official in trouble.
However -- and this is a great big however -- he sure was smiling Wednesday in...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:49 PM
State officials in Oregon are temporarily restricting the use of more than a dozen pesticide products following the deaths of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees in the Portland area this month.
The measure, effective immediately, will last for 180 days...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 1:05 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A state panel on Wednesday approved a 5% pay raise for Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and other state elected officials, restoring the salary level they received before it was cut during last year’s budget problems.
| May 8, 2013
When President Obama told students in Mexico that without the support of U.S. Latinos he would not be president, he wasn't talking about the GOP's Ruben Barrales. But Barrales gets the message. He is the son of immigrants, and San Mateo County's first...
| Apr 1, 2013
Imagine if Los Angeles, with a population that is roughly half Latino, had just one or even no Latinos in elected office. There would be protests and political recriminations in every election cycle. There would be lawsuits and threats of lawsuits. The...