| Jan 25, 2015
| 7:14 PM
SACRAMENTO — Antonio Villaraigosa's resume definitely qualifies him to be a U.S. senator and suggests the potential of a pretty effective one.
Big city mayor. State legislative leader. Player in the national political arena.
Plus: iron will,...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 3:45 PM
A day after billionaire Tom Steyer announced he would not seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the field of potential contenders shrank further as state Treasurer John Chiang decided that he, too, would stay out of the race.
Chiang, a Democrat who...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 8:26 PM
One of Antonio Villaraigosa’s most formidable potential rivals for U.S. Senate has opted not to run, but the former Los Angeles mayor shied from the subject Thursday night in Washington.
"I have an important announcement to make," he joked before...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 1:22 PM
With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
For now, Harris is the lone major...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 3:00 PM
Barbara Boxer may have no plans to endorse any of the potential candidates clamoring to replace her in the Senate, but that isn’t stopping them from lining up at her door.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopped into an eco-friendly...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Sean Lourdes had a meeting, and why not here, at one of the most lavish estates in Los Angeles — a 48,000-square-foot palace on the slopes of Bel-Air?
When his guest arrived in the mansion's circular driveway, the young philanthropist retreated...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 6:23 PM
Not many politicians have pop-star first-name recognition, but for four decades, there has been only one "Zev" in Los Angeles. Zev Yaroslavsky, elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1975 and this week departing elected office for good, is leaving the...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 12:00 PM
With three weeks left in December, I'm hesitant to jump the gun and suggest that we've seen the last of this year's troubles for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
As you might have heard, there was a knock at the door of district headquarters...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Last year's race to fill the seat of departing Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas was a grab-the-popcorn kind of show: two established public officials — and onetime allies — dueling to represent some of the most impoverished parts of...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Efforts to improve local government and the services it provides have come and gone over the 22 years I have covered Los Angeles for this newspaper. Some have been successful: The Christopher Commission reset the accountability systems at the LAPD, and...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 4:43 PM
The nature of this page — of all editorial pages, really — is that much space is devoted to criticism, to identifying and illuminating the flaws of legislation or legislators, candidates or ideas. By way of respite, we like to devote our...