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  • An insider or outsider as next head of L.A. Unified?

    An insider or outsider as next head of L.A. Unified?
    As a three-term Colorado governor, Roy Romer, a Democrat, had to deal with a combative Republican majority in his state Legislature. He later headed his party's fractious national committee. But nothing was as difficult, he said, as running the Los...
  • How to get more Angelenos to the ballot box

    How to get more Angelenos to the ballot box
    Los Angeles' budget for 2014-15 tops $8.1 billion, which is bigger than the budgets of about a dozen states. In the coming months, the city must grapple with some serious questions, many related to how to spend that money, such as the funding of pensions;...
  • Young philanthropist draws celebrities, the Dalai Lama -- and questions

    Young philanthropist draws celebrities, the Dalai Lama -- and questions
    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...
  • Zev Yaroslavsky looks back on 20 years as an L.A. County supervisor

    Zev Yaroslavsky looks back on 20 years as an L.A. County supervisor
    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...
  • FBI at the door is just the latest bad news for L.A. school district

    FBI at the door is just the latest bad news for L.A. school district
    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...
  • Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat

    Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat
    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...
  • A journalist's recipe for fixing L.A.

    A journalist's recipe for fixing L.A.
    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...
  • Sriracha, a water bond and other things for which we're thankful

    Sriracha, a water bond and other things for which we're thankful
    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...
  • Activist Paulina Gonzalez puts pressure on banks to help the poor

    Activist Paulina Gonzalez puts pressure on banks to help the poor
    The gig: Former union organizer and community activist Paulina Gonzalez, 41, became executive director this year of the California Reinvestment Coalition, an advocate for better financial services and affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods....
  • A push to increase L.A. voter turnout

    A push to increase L.A. voter turnout
    L.A.'s political leaders hit the jackpot six years ago, persuading voters to approve three tax increases on the same election ballot — one for schools, another for colleges and a third to expand the county's transportation network. The...
  • In Colorado, gubernatorial candidates court Latinos, talk leadership

    In Colorado, gubernatorial candidates court Latinos, talk leadership
    At a quaint tamale shop on this city's north side, Democratic brass on Sunday gathered in support of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who this week faces one of the toughest election battles of his decadelong political career. As the smells of handmade tamales...