| May 8, 2012
| 4:35 PM
When I met with him a few weeks ago, I asked Los Angeles mayoral candidate Austin Beutner if he really wanted to sacrifice time with his wife and four kids -– aged between 15 and 9 -– to devote full......
| Nov 9, 2012
| 12:43 PM
Times reporter Ron Lin will join city editor Shelby Grad at 2 p.m. to discuss the passage of Measure B, which will require condoms to be used during porn filming. The porn industry said it plans to challenge the constitutionality......
| May 28, 2012
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...
| Jan 16, 2012
I can't say for sure whether Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will run for mayor in 2013. I don't even know with certainty whether he's already made up his mind and is just stringing the rest of us along. What I can tell you without any...
| Aug 27, 2012
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,...
| Nov 12, 2012
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...
| Jul 9, 2012
Los Angeles city and county governments are full of officials who profess to be candid but who are, in fact, evasive or even deceptive. City Councilwoman Jan Perry is not one of them. She is refreshingly open, even blunt. She's affable, but she takes...
| Oct 22, 2012
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...
| Mar 26, 2012
Eric Garcetti is one of the city's more likable public officials. He's smart, dapper, quietly confident, attentive to detail, seasoned enough to be taken seriously by power brokers but boyish enough to tend his Twitter feed. He's quite liberal but also...
| Apr 9, 2012
If the Los Angeles mayoral election were held tomorrow, three candidates would be elbowing for the lead: City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. That comes from a new poll, conducted by the Center...
| Feb 6, 2012
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors oversees a vast operation: It incarcerates thousands of inmates; it cares for children whose parents have abused or neglected them; it runs hospitals, clinics, beaches, harbors, parks and a welfare system. So...