| Jan 3, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Under the glitzy chandeliers of the Beverly Hills Hilton, hundreds of civic leaders and union members sipped wine, mugged for photos with television stars and chanted "Sí, se puede!" with a beaming row of hotel workers.
It was another triumphant night...
| 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 10, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Even if you hate the idea of genetically modified food, you would gain nothing from a Los Angeles City Council proposal to ban the growing of such crops here. That's because no one grows them in L.A. and as near as anyone knows, no one has any plan to...
| 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...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 10:03 PM
Los Angeles lawmakers reversed course late Monday on a proposed ban on the growth of genetically modified crops that had previously faced nearly zero resistance within City Hall.
The proposal would ban selling and planting genetically modified crop...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 8:27 PM
A Los Angeles city pension agency voted Tuesday to rein in its long-range earnings forecast, putting in place changes that could throw the city's budget $50 million deeper into the hole next year.
The City Employees' Retirement System board responded to...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 12:00 PM
This has been such a busy year for members of the Los Angeles City Council, you have to wonder if their coffee is spiked with Red Bull.
OK, they may have dropped the ball on a few small things, including broken streets, mansionization and slow emergency...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 8:15 PM
As Los Angeles labor unions lock horns with City Hall managers over their next employment contract, they are taking aim at deals the city made with Wall Street banks.
The Coalition of L.A. City Unions and its allies have repeatedly urged city leaders 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 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...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that Los Angeles could reap thousands of jobs from its commitment to cutting energy consumption by 15% across the city.
If L.A. meets that goal -- which Garcetti and Department of Water and Power officials declared the...