| Feb 4, 2014
New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common. Each city suffers from income polarization, a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector. Each is heavily Democratic and is home to an effective labor-liberal political alliance. Each elected a...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:24 AM
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings will retire from his position as head of the city Fire Department, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti and a department spokesman.
Cummings had struggled to restore confidence in his management of the 3,500-employee...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:57 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told at least five of the city's department heads that he has decided to keep them as high-level managers, part of his months-long effort to build a new administration.
Garcetti, who is going through a review of...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 4:11 PM
California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has added his name to a growing list of endorsements of state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who is running for Congress.
"Ted's smarts, skills, tenacity and record make him the best choice for...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mired in a series of controversies over employee perks, rate hikes and customer service problems, lost its general manager Thursday as Ron Nichols announced he is stepping down.
Nichols becomes the latest...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 6:25 PM
More than a week after Rep. Henry A. Waxman touched off a political earthquake with his retirement announcement, aftershocks are rippling across his Westside-South Bay district.
State Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance and former L.A. Controller Wendy Greuel,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Mayor Eric Garcetti is getting to wield a pretty big broom, with vacancies everywhere from the DWP chief to choosing a new head of cultural affairs and the three city animal commissioners he just replaced.
There is one post that was not going to be...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Nancy Sutley, the top White House environmental advisor, is a fan of Wallace and Gromit, the claymation movie stars. Wallace, a tinkerer, habitually gets in trouble with his elaborate inventions, and Gromit, his silent but hyper-...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 9:10 PM
The two schools are a two-minute drive apart in similarly low-income, largely immigrant neighborhoods. But to hear students tell it, the two places might as well be different planets.
Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, located on the edge of...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Los Angeles lawmakers plan to introduce an ordinance Tuesday that would require the operators of big hotels to pay workers $15.37 an hour, one of the highest minimum-wage rates targeting private employers anywhere in the U.S.
The initiative by City...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 6:58 PM
In a groundbreaking trial over teacher job protections, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was the early star witness — for both sides.
The case, Vergara vs. California, challenges a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and...