| Jan 18, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Maybe Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Los Angeles mayor, has edged toward a run for the newly open U.S. Senate seat in 2016 for all the reasons he offered last weekend: that Californians are struggling to make ends meet and that the "needs of the people"...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 10:18 PM
FBI agents are asking questions about an environmental bill carried by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) in 2013 after The Times reported on controversy surrounding the measure, a source familiar with the inquiry said Tuesday.
| Sep 3, 2014
| 6:35 PM
When the 6.0 earthquake struck Napa County last month, a computer at a university lab here raced to warn agencies across the Bay Area.
BART received an alert ordering trains to stop. San Francisco 911 operators had eight seconds to brace for an...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is coasting to a historic fourth term with record-high approval ratings, and the ballot measures that he has made the centerpiece of his reelection bid — a water bond and a rainy-day fund — are also supported by a...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday fulfilled a promise by signing a measure that will phase out single-use plastic bags from checkout stands at California supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies.
California is the first state in the...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 1:52 PM
In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills.
De Leon, who took over leadership of the Senate in...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 5:46 PM
La Caņada voters bucked the statewide trend to vote Democrat and instead largely backed GOP candidates in the Nov. 4 General Election, according to results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office.
La Caņadans also turned out more...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 7:13 PM
After weeks of vote tallying, political neophyte Patty Lopez has unseated incumbent Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, a fellow Democrat, in an upset that has sent shock waves beyond their San Fernando Valley district.
Lopez, a relative unknown, was...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 6:55 PM
The record-low voter turnout in California's June primary has added urgency to the contest for the state's top elections post.
The two candidates — Republican Pete Peterson, the director of a public policy think tank, and Democratic state Sen....
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:01 PM
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Southern California on Friday to help Democrats in tight races as the campaign season headed into the final weekend before Tuesday's election.
Biden was scheduled to attend a private event for the Democratic...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Democrats in California have signed up tens of thousands of new voters in recent months, but a big question in Tuesday's election is whether enough of them will cast ballots to stave off erosion of the party's dominance in the state.
The new voters,...