| Apr 1, 2013
Imagine if Los Angeles, with a population that is roughly half Latino, had just one or even no Latinos in elected office. There would be protests and political recriminations in every election cycle. There would be lawsuits and threats of lawsuits. The...
| Oct 8, 2012
In this city election cycle, most of the attention so far has been devoted to the big event: the early maneuvering in the mayor's race, as the field takes shape and the leading contenders attempt to define themselves. While that's going on, though, the...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 8:45 PM
Billionaire shopping mall developer Rick Caruso is staying out of the Los Angeles mayoral race, he said in a statement released Thursday.
“As a lifelong Angeleno, I have dedicated my career to supporting Los Angeles through world-class...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 1:47 PM
Employees of Keller Williams Realty offices in Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge are enlisting in an effort to send donations to military personnel serving our country abroad.
The public is asked to bring donations such as personal-care items...
| Nov 7, 2012
Frances Hashimoto, one of Little Tokyo's most influential business leaders who fought to preserve the neighborhood's Japanese cultural traditions and who invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream, died of lung cancer Sunday at her...
| Nov 11, 2012
L.A. pension reforms: An article in the Nov. 9 LATExtra section about Los Angeles mayoral candidate and Councilwoman Jan Perry's plan to reform the city's pension system referred to a plan by former Mayor Richard Riordan to cut retirement costs by...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 11:28 AM
Top Los Angeles Fire Department officials on Friday admitted to The Times that for years the agency put out data that made it appear that firefighters were arriving at the scene of emergencies faster than they actually were.
The statistics snafu comes as...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects.
Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking.
It is perhaps that third one that made...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel laid out an expensive plan Tuesday to expand the ranks of the Los Angeles police and fire departments by about 20% over seven years — a goal her critics dismissed as virtually impossible given the city's current...
| Feb 17, 2013
Los Angeles is an underachieving city led in recent decades by a succession of underachieving mayors — people who came in with big dreams or big talk but soon got bored with the day-to-day task of steering a municipality. Voters don't get to conduct...
| Feb 25, 2013
Hello. I’m Times Political Writer Seema Mehta and here’s your L.A. City Election update.
The nation’s eyes were fixed this weekend on the Oscar race unfolding in Hollywood. But with just days to go before the citywide March 5 election,...