| Jun 24, 2010
Unable to obtain insurance, Maywood announced this week it would lay off nearly all its employees, disband its Police Department and entrust all municipal operations to the neighboring city of Bell.
But Bell may have problems of its own. The Los...
| Jul 15, 2010
Bell, one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County, pays its top officials some of the highest salaries in the nation, including nearly $800,000 annually for its city manager, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
In addition to the $787,637...
| Aug 1, 2010
The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold.
They moved between nylon tents and cardboard lean-tos in the Toy District, where junkies had stripped the streetlights and left whole blocks in...
| Jan 6, 2011
Jean Benson Wilkinson, who became one of the first Los Angeles public school teachers to be fired for refusing to cooperate with McCarthy-era investigators, died Dec. 28 in Berkeley. She was 96.
FOR THE RECORD: Jean Wilkinson: In the...
| Mar 10, 2011
Sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, home-grown bonus. In certain circles of Altadena, though, that peach is a gateway fruit.
One tree becomes three, which becomes an orchard. The quest for organic fertilizer leads to a flock...
| Aug 26, 2011
The burly construction workers ignore the lanky man as he dips beneath steel beams, plods through muddy puddles and inches his way past the spinning barrel of a cement mixer. In his neat jeans, button-down shirt and leather brogues, he clearly is not...
| Mar 27, 2008
Today, Leonard and Thornberg debate the extent to which the government should facilitate loan modifications to prevent foreclosures. Previously, they discussed the public's reluctance to support federal assistance for troubled borrowers and regulating...
| Oct 16, 2009
| 4:34 AM
Full text of president's remarks and his Q&A with local citizens....
| Oct 26, 2009
| 4:33 PM
A national housing nonprofit has launched an education campaign in Southern California to combat fraud targeting homeowners in peril of foreclosure. Loan modification scams are on the rise, charging troubled homeowners thousands of dollars up front for...
| Apr 12, 2009
Picture this: You're shopping for a larger home, dropping by open houses on a weekend. Each house you visit has an easy-to-understand disclosure about something that's typically unknown today -- its energy-guzzling costs per year.
| Apr 17, 2009
Charlene David walked through her ghost town last week, past empty driveways, rusting playgrounds, abandoned basketball courts, the overgrown community garden, the management office that closed months ago.
This is what remains of Ujima Village, a...