| Jan 13, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Overall crime in Los Angeles dropped for the 11th straight year in 2013, with many categories seeing the lowest per capita rates in decades, city officials said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that final...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:10 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed that elected state officials last year accepted more than $200,000 in gifts, California Common Cause on Thursday proposed to overhaul the laws to reduce the ability of special interests to seek favor by providing expensive meals,...
| Dec 26, 2013
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
After learning that elected officials in the state of California collected more than $200,000 in gifts during 2012 -- which doesn't include the $6.7 million in donations solicited by officials on behalf of their favorite charities and causes -- the group...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:56 PM
SACRAMENTO — A lawsuit filed Christmas Eve alleges that a prominent California lobbying firm sought influence by directing illegal contributions to dozens of politicians — including nearly a third of the Legislature.
The suit charges that...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:00 AM
MADRID — With Spanish schools slashing their budgets for music and art, piano teacher Laura Nadal saw her income dwindling. So she hit the streets of her native Madrid, playing an electric keyboard and singing for extra cash.
On weekends, Nadal,...
| Dec 29, 2013
The Detroit bankruptcy court judge's ruling that employee pensions are "on the table" for potential reductions has spurred yet another round of acrimonious debate between those on the right who blame public-sector pensions for virtually all of government'...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 8:20 AM
SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed demanding the city eradicate the "foul, noxious and sickening odors" left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove.
The stink offends the patrons of some of La Jolla's best known...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:52 PM
When Robert Rizzo pleaded no contest to corruption charges last month, many of the trappings of his former life as Bell's highly paid city manager were gone: the house near the ocean in Huntington Beach, the horse farm outside Seattle, the stable of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:39 PM
The Moreno Valley city councilman leaned back in his chair, his hands resting on his head as he took in the sight of stacks of bills — $2.3 million worth — piled on the table in front of him.
On that January day, Marcelo Co looked relaxed as...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 10:54 AM
A recall effort in bankrupt San Bernardino ousted a number of elected officials Tuesday, including a longtime city councilwoman who, despite facing the music in her own district, managed to be the top vote-getter in the citywide race to be mayor,...