| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:22 PM
One day not long ago I was sitting in the audience at a Los Angeles City Council meeting when Tom LaBonge approached me.
I'd been hammering city officials for the long-running budget mess, and about how, thanks in part to exorbitant labor contracts, the...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:31 PM
A man suspected of gunning down eight city officials in Mexico more than 10 years ago has been arrested in Sacramento.
Genaro Olaguez, 53, was arrested without incident after he was found living with family along Grove Street in Sacramento, although...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 8:51 PM
Two months ago, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission called for new and stringent limits on gifts to the city's politicians, saying such niceties can undermine the public's confidence in government when they come from people doing business at City Hall....
| Oct 26, 2013
| 2:57 PM
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale.
A resident saw the animal about 11 p.m. Thursday moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, Glendale Police Sgt....
| Oct 24, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson offered a full-throated endorsement of Councilman Jose Huizar this week, just three months after he ordered the creation of a panel to review sexual harassment allegations against him.
"Mr. Huizar is like...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:46 PM
The final chapter in the long-running Bell corruption scandal opened Wednesday with former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia taking center stage in a downtown L.A. courtroom where jurors must weigh whether she helped orchestrate the widespread graft...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 9:49 AM
LONDON --Jury selection began Monday in the phone hacking trial of two former top editors of Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and six other people, all accused in a scandal that reached into the top echelons of Britain's government...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Angela Spaccia was so obsessed with making money and making sure that her paychecks were deposited promptly that it became a running joke among City Hall workers in the small, working-class town of Bell.
Staffers joked that Spaccia was “sleeping...
| Oct 29, 2013
Re "L.A. set to raise limit on gifts to officials," Oct. 26
Supporting the City Council's call to raise by $50 the limit on gifts from those who have a financial stake in a decision at City Hall, Council President Herb Wesson says he does not believe...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson on Friday abandoned a plan to boost the size of gifts that lawmakers can accept from companies seeking city contracts, opting to leave the amount unchanged.
The council had instructed City Atty. Mike...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Angela Spaccia, the former second in command in scandal-plagued Bell, was found guilty on 11 out of 13 criminal charges in the 2010 municipal corruption case.
After eight days of deliberations, jurors convicted Spaccia of multiple counts of...