| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:32 AM
Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl, whose election drive was buoyed by significant backing from public employee unions, took a slim lead Tuesday over former Santa Monica City Council member Bobby Shriver in a pivotal race for an open seat on the Los...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:23 PM
Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial election.
Today, in response, I'll explain why I favor...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 4:09 PM
A final report from the Broward County Office of the Inspector General, released Friday, says Deerfield Beach Mayor Jean Robb violated state and city ethics laws by abusing her position.
The inspector general can't mete out a penalty, and will refer...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Nearly a decade ago, Los Angeles embarked on an ambitious campaign to plant more trees across the city. Now city officials find themselves struggling to maintain the urban forest along its parkways and medians.
To save money during the recession, the...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 4:48 PM
A federal bankruptcy judge dealt a serious blow to California's public employee pension systems by ruling Wednesday that payments for future worker retirements can be reduced when a city declares bankruptcy -- just like its other debts.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A decade ago, many of California's public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers' retirements.
All that has changed, according to a far-reaching package of data from the state controller. Taxpayers are now on the hook for billions of...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 9:26 AM
Some Virginia legislators are starting to think about ethical issues that erupted when former state Sen. Phil Puckett resigned and Del. Terry Kilgore confirmed he had discussed offering Puckett a lucrative post with the state tobacco commission....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Baltimore officials this week sent about 40,000 letters to city employees and retirees, telling them the city will no longer pay for prescription drugs under Medicare as of 2020.
City officials are touting the move -- which they say is made possible...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 9:36 AM
My household has received a number of political mailers from out-of-town government employee unions, each endorsing council candidates Katrina Foley and Jay Humphrey and opposing the proposed Costa Mesa charter, Measure O.
We have also received phone...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:53 AM
The reviews are in; Coconut Creek has an amazing city manager, according to city commissioners and department heads.
City commissioners recently gave Coconut Creek City Manager Mary Blasi an outstanding review by praising the improvements in the city...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 10:03 AM
The ideological differences surrounding Costa Mesa's proposed charter are as simple as most other Republican-Democrat issues, and the anti-charter comrades need to stop masking their motives and be honest: They want more unionization.
Make no mistake....