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  • California's fiscal troubles are far from resolved

    California's fiscal troubles are far from resolved
    Last week, Proposition 30 sailed to victory, and $6-billion worth of nasty budget cuts were avoided. Problem solved? Guess again, Goldilocks. K-12 schools and community colleges, in particular, won a temporary reprieve, but they're still wobbly...
  • Wanted: A mayor worthy of L.A.

    Wanted: A mayor worthy of L.A.
    Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects. Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking. It is perhaps that third one that made...
  • Giving kids a view to a better future

    Giving kids a view to a better future
    Bosko Magana, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Dolores Mission School in Boyle Heights, began noticing about a year ago that her world was getting a little fuzzy around the edges. But eyeglasses didn't fit into the family budget. Joanna Hernandez, 13,...
  • For Zev Yaroslavsky, a familiar end to a familiar saga

    For Zev Yaroslavsky, a familiar end to a familiar saga
    It was more than 20 years ago that I covered my first meeting of the Los Angeles City Council. As I headed to the chambers, a colleague advised me to take special note of two members: Richard Alatorre, he said, understood city politics better than anyone,...
  • Newton: Endorsement games

    Newton: Endorsement games
    Over the past few weeks, the race for mayor of Los Angeles has been less a contest of ideas and leadership than it's been an endorsement roulette, with Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti trotting out their latest pledges of support as...
  • Newton: Left-right tension under Greuel's tent

    Newton: Left-right tension under Greuel's tent
    Controller Wendy Greuel pulled off a surprising coup last week when she secured the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor despite an acknowledgment by many labor leaders that they feel closer philosophically to her opponent, Councilman...
  • Newton: Jan Perry's path to power

    Newton: Jan Perry's path to power
    An essential element of a successful political campaign, whether for U.S. president or mayor of Los Angeles, is that it identifies a path to victory. Candidates have to differentiate themselves from competitors and appeal to constituencies sympathetic...
  • Newton: Which mayoral team will it be?

    Newton: Which mayoral team will it be?
    The job of mayor requires a governing philosophy in order to guide the city and its policies. But it also requires administrative competence, the ability to manage effectively. It is the mayor's job to smartly choose the managers and commissioners who run...
  • Newton: The city that could be

    Newton: The city that could be
    Over the last couple of weeks, I've spent considerable time with the leading candidates for mayor, asking them about their approach to governance, watching them campaign and trying to get a feel for what distinguishes each from the others. Specifically,...
  • L.A.'s mayoral race just got more complicated

    L.A.'s mayoral race just got more complicated
    With the first round of the Los Angeles mayoral election still more than four months away, the race has taken shape in recent weeks, largely because of two developments that have scrambled the handicapping of the contest. First, it became clear that...
  • Newton: Getting L.A. growing again

    Newton: Getting L.A. growing again
    There is no more consistent refrain among elected officials and candidates these days than that they will do everything they can to create jobs. It's a worthy goal given the sluggish state of the economy, and it's particularly crucial in California, which...