| Oct 24, 2012
| 8:31 AM
California’s plan to build a $68-billion bullet train divided the Legislature this summer, so it is no surprise that it became a hot-button election issue. And nowhere is that split more on show than in the 5th Senate District contest in the San...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 11:16 AM
Campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee will have to wait a little longer to learn her fate for stealing more than $7 million in political funds from at least 50 clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Durkee, who pleaded guilty in March to five counts of...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 11:30 AM
California lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposed five-year, $500-million extension of the state’s film tax credit, despite opposition from teachers and others to giving Hollywood so much financial help when the state is cutting...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:27 AM
With the state Legislature on summer recess, a bipartisan delegation of 10 Assembly members is in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with federal officials on issues including healthcare reform, veterans’ disability benefits and immigration....
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:58 AM
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich knows what Republicans in the state Assembly are feeling right now, staring at the prospect of a session where Democrats have a two-thirds majority.
Antonovich was Assembly Republican whip during the...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Federal prosecutors have recommended that former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee be sentenced to 97 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud involving the theft of more than $7 million in political funds from 50 clients,...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 12:52 PM
Politicians who had their campaign accounts plundered by former Burbank-based campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee may not get much in restitution, but a civil action has freed up $2.5 million in funds frozen in bank accounts during the federal investigation....
| Nov 28, 2012
| 7:44 AM
Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee agreed Tuesday with a recommendation by federal prosecutors that she be sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing $7 million from as many as 50 political clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
| Jan 16, 2013
| 9:45 AM
A vote on delegates to the Democratic State Convention has led to some acrimony, with the head of the Burbank teachers union accusing Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silverlake) of using heavy-handed tactics to win.
A slate of candidates endorsed by Gatto...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 12:14 PM
Motorists without passengers would be able to use the car pool lanes on the Ventura (134) Freeway during non-peak hours under legislation introduced to address the growing gridlock on state freeways.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) said his AB...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 11:12 AM
Lone motorists would be able to use car-pool lanes during off-peak hours on some of Los Angeles County’s most congested freeways under legislation approved by the state Assembly.
The measure would allow single-occupant vehicles to use high-...