| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:47 AM
A coalition of city labor unions and community activists say big banks preyed on Los Angeles and other municipalities, locking them into interest rate swap deals that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars after the economic crash.
So, how do...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:53 PM
When Los Angeles rewrote its City Charter in the '90s, the City Council was dealt a political trump card intended to keep decisions by a wide array of citizen commissions in check.
Using authority granted them to review and overturn decisions made by...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Three members of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for state lawmakers to back tighter state regulation of ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber, arguing that existing rules leave passengers using the firms' smartphone apps vulnerable and...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:54 PM
Three members of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for state lawmakers to back tighter state regulation of ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft and Uber, arguing that existing rules leave passengers using the firms' smartphone apps vulnerable...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:48 PM
Two Los Angeles lawmakers on Tuesday abandoned the effort to put a half-cent sales tax hike for street and sidewalk repairs on the November ballot, saying more discussion would "only serve to strengthen" the proposal.
Councilmen Joe Buscaino and...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:44 PM
Los Angeles could soon create a new system of police-issued citations for minor "quality of life" annoyances that typically would be resolved with a warning.
The pilot program, called Administrative Citation Enforcement, gives the LAPD and the...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 9:59 PM
An unusual alliance of landlords and tenants wants Los Angeles to ease the way for bootlegged apartments to become legal.
Each year, the city housing department discovers 600 to 700 such apartments, units created without city approval.
| Aug 12, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Los Angeles could become the nation's biggest city seeking to jettison financial deals crafted on the eve of the Great Recession that union and community activists contend are draining funds from city services.
The City Council will vote Wednesday on...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 8:20 PM
One of the two water lines that burst under Sunset Boulevard last week was so badly worn that "with a little effort, we could almost scrape the corrosion away and kind of rub a hole through the pipe," a top Los Angeles Department of Water and Power...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 7:29 PM
When about 20 million gallons of water deluged parts of the UCLA campus Tuesday after a water main break in Westwood, readers took it as a cue to flood The Times with letters describing how the accident is a symptom of a larger civic ill.
| Aug 4, 2014
| 1:57 PM
In the aftermath of the Sunset Boulevard rupture that focused renewed attention on the aging pipes underlying Los Angeles streets, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that the city had already been "aggressively" focusing on infrastructure on his watch.