| Nov 8, 2013
| 6:37 PM
The Los Angeles City Council Friday unanimously confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to keep Raymond Chan as temporary head of the city’s Department of Building and Safety for six more months.
Chan is one of more than 30 department heads...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:06 PM
Willie Brown, the legendary Assembly speaker and former San Francisco mayor, says he has never voted for a ballot initiative.
"Not one," he asserts emphatically without hesitation.
"I've always, without question, been opposed to the initiative...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:46 PM
SACRAMENTO — Ann Ravel will start her new job in Washington on Monday with the kind of celebrity status rare for a career government lawyer.
As California's top political watchdog, she launched a landmark investigation into secretive nonprofit...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday appointed two major supporters of his opponent in this year's mayoral election, former City Controller Wendy Greuel, to serve on the influential Planning Commission.
Garcetti chose former Police Commission...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:04 PM
SACRAMENTO -- California's top campaign finance watchdog announced Thursday a collaboration among multiple states to share information on enforcing disclosure rules.
The 10-state effort, which also includes New York City officials, was a goal of Ann...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:32 PM
WASHINGTON -- Around this time last year, President Obama was entering the final stretch of his reelection campaign and repeating a key rationale for a second term: Keeping him in the White House would chasten Republicans and end the dysfunction in...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Jimmy Kimmel got some yucks from his audience the other night when he sent faux pollsters out to ask ordinary Americans which they preferred: “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act. Of course, they’re one and the same, but that didn&...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Ann Ravel, California’s top campaign finance watchdog, is heading to the Federal Election Commission after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday.
Ravel, a Democrat, was approved alongside Republican Lee Goodman.
The Federal Election...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Jeff Denham is not one of the Republican members of Congress most seriously threatened in 2014. The Modesto-area representative isn’t even the most threatened Republican in California.
But a liberal group working on behalf of President Obama and...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:35 PM
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As if it wasn't bad enough to lose twice on election day, two secretive nonprofits that supported 2012's Proposition 32 and opposed Proposition 30 each agreed Thursday to pay $500,000 in civil...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.
Increasingly, the money...