Column | Apr 1, 2013
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Column | May 2, 2009If I were writing her business card, it would read, "Kicking butt in sensible shoes since 1993." Laura Chick has enemies. I am not one of them. The woman who's leaving Los Angeles City Hall after two terms on the City Council and two as city controller is stepping up to the appointed job of inspector general of California's $48-billion share of federal stimulus money. Editorial writers have praised her as an eagle eye in a green eyeshade, a grandma turned pit bull. A Toronto newspaper column said Canada needs its own Laura Chick. From her City Hall office, where her unsparing audits have left few stones unturned or uncast, she's just moving into her new quarters near the state Capitol. There, she's arranged "Morgan shelves" for pictures of her 6-year-old granddaughter and, arriving soon, her voodoo doll collection.
Story | Sep 9, 2009
Miriam Pawel details how the United Farm Workers switched from backing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to increase Central Valley water supplies to opposing it. Backed by the Change to Win union coalition, Pawel writes, the UFW established a $1...
Story | Oct 2, 2009
The lawsuit between the Los Angeles city controller???s office and the city attorney???s office took a new twist today when the City Council ordered Controller Wendy Greuel to sever ties with her private counsel, Fred Woocher. Woocher was hired by...
Story | Oct 7, 2009
A judge on Tuesday gave Los Angeles??? warring city attorney and city controller another month to resolve a legal dispute over limits to the city controller???s auditing powers. At the same time, the judge expressed confusion over the Los Angeles...