| Jan 19, 2015
| 6:00 AM
Los Angeles leaders are hoping to use a new tax-sharing law to help finance ambitious plans to transform the city's namesake river into a ribbon of recreational areas and vibrant new developments.
As of Jan. 1, local officials have the authority to...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 9:21 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's ambitious plan to require thousands of earthquake-vulnerable buildings to be retrofitted was welcomed Wednesday by the City Council, which began the process of drafting an ordinance.
Many council members expressed...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 8:51 PM
Over the last two decades, Los Angeles City Hall showed little interest in proposals that would force property owners to strengthen the thousands of buildings in the city vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.
But Mayor Eric Garcetti's new...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 7:20 PM
Three days before Los Angeles lawmakers voted on a proposal to ban genetically modified crops, the world's largest biotechnology trade group hired three top City Hall lobbyists to stop it.
The matter had sailed through a meeting weeks before with only...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When Angelenos phone the city to complain about illegal construction, trash piling up next door or other building nuisances, some parts of town have gotten a faster reaction from building inspectors than have others, a Times analysis of city data shows....
| Dec 2, 2014
| 9:38 PM
A committee of Los Angeles lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward legalizing street vending, vetting a basic framework for how sellers who ply their trade on sidewalks or in parks could get city permits.
But the plan is far from a done deal, as fierce...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:45 PM
Following up on last week's U.S.-China climate change agreement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he would invite leaders of Chinese and American cities to a summit in Los Angeles next year to kick-start efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in both...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Can changing when Los Angeles votes reverse a long-term decline in turnout?
Los Angeles lawmakers Friday are set to consider letting voters decide whether city elections should be moved to even-numbered years.
The City Council has asked its lawyers to...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:38 PM
A newly proposed Los Angeles city ordinance would require residents to secure handguns when they aren’t being used, either by storing them in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who proposed...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
On a quiet Sunday morning in East L.A. a few weeks back, the campaign between Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and County Supervisor Gloria Molina provided its first truly awkward moment.
Huizar, who is seeking a third term in the March 3 council...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 9:20 PM
Like the four mayors before him, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will embark this weekend on a trade mission to China, South Korea and Japan, with an 80-member delegation of local officials and business leaders.
The mayor says the goal of the 12-day...