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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,...
  • Newton: Decision time in the L.A. mayor's race

    Newton: Decision time in the L.A. mayor's race
    The candidates for mayor of Los Angeles have been at it for more than a year, some much longer than that. Together, they have spent nearly $15 million. They've participated in so many debates that they can now address just about any topic — from...
  • Newton: Paths to victory -- or defeat -- in the L.A. mayor's race

    Newton: Paths to victory -- or defeat -- in the L.A. mayor's race
    Governing requires vision, competence and administrative know-how. But none of that matters if a candidate never gets the chance to govern. Do the four leading contenders in the race for Los Angeles mayor have plausible strategies for getting themselves...
  • Newton: Schools and City Hall

    Newton: Schools and City Hall
    To the cynically tuned ear, two remarks by Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti in recent days seem to suggest the perils of a mayoral candidacy dependent, at least in some measure, on support from United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents...
  • Newton: Courting the Valley

    Newton: Courting the Valley
    It was just over a decade ago that the San Fernando Valley tried to break away from Los Angeles and become its own city, one roughly the size of Philadelphia. The effort was a fairly resounding flop. The city as a whole rejected secession by a two-...
  • Newton: Greuel's hot hand

    Newton: Greuel's hot hand
    It's still very, very early in the campaign to become the next mayor of Los Angeles, but right now, it's City Controller Wendy Greuel who's playing the hot hand. The only independent poll shows her in a tie with City Council President Eric Garcetti and...
  • 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...