| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:26 PM
One of the perks of the Los Angeles mayor’s job is the chance to take credit for the openings of big public buildings — the higher the profile, the better.
So in the waning days of his mayoralty, Antonio Villaraigosa staged a lavish...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Lillian Disney lived 101/2 years after instigating the creation of Walt Disney Concert Hall in her husband's honor by donating $50 million, but she never got to see it rise from its foundation, alone attend a performance.
"A concert hall that would...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Since joining the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, Steve Soboroff has been making calls to some of the city's deepest pockets, asking them to pony up the $1 million he says he needs to jump-start an ambitious project: outfitting LAPD officers...
| Apr 2, 2013
Julian Burke, a corporate turnaround expert who brought a steady hand and political savvy to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when it was teetering financially and facing federal scrutiny for poor bus service across Los Angeles County, died...
| 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...
| Nov 15, 2012
Wilbur K. Woo, a banker and produce merchant who first immigrated to Los Angeles in 1921, when he was 5, and decades later became an influential leader of the city's Chinese American community, has died. He was 96.
Woo, who also worked to strengthen...
| May 27, 2013
Although it was drowned out by the mayor's race, Los Angeles quietly marked a historic moment this month: On May 15, after 12 years of policing the city under the eye of a federal judge, the Los Angeles Police Department at last was allowed to return to...
| 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...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 10:02 AM
L.A. unions expected to disrupt pension measure workers...
| Jan 28, 2013
Over the last couple of weeks, I've spent considerable time with the leading candidates for mayor, asking them about their approach to governance, watching them campaign and trying to get a feel for what distinguishes each from the others.
| May 20, 2013
As the campaign for mayor of Los Angeles has played out over the last two years, the complaints I've heard most often are that none of the candidates has reached for big ideas, that the field has lacked big personalities and that the two finalists are...