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Zev Yaroslavsky

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  • Zev Yaroslavsky looks back on 20 years as an L.A. County supervisor

    Not many politicians have pop-star first-name recognition, but for four decades, there has been only one "Zev" in Los Angeles. Zev Yaroslavsky, elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1975 and this week departing elected office for good, is leaving the chair he occupied for 20 years, half his political life, on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In his 40 years in politics, he has morphed from a standard-issue liberal firebrand into a self-assured contrarian policy wonk disinclined to open the county checkbook too often. He's seen enough of governance to have some ideas about what works and what doesn't, and he's saying so here.
  • Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.

    Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.
    In the aftermath of last week's elections, most commentary naturally focused on the changing balance in the U.S. Senate. But the effect of that shift on the lives of most people is likely to be negligible: A body where a minority of Republicans could...

    LACMA redesign avoids tar pits, creates challenges

    Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the...

    Lawmakers frustrated by lack of progress on veterans home

    Lawmakers frustrated by lack of progress on veterans home
    When Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva read here last Sunday that it could take two more years to build a kitchen in the half-empty West Los Angeles Veterans Home, she called outgoing Assembly Speaker John PĂ©rez at home. "Let's see what we can do to...

    Gloria Molina: L.A.'s 'first Latina'

    Gloria Molina's life has been one of contradictions: the famous feminist politician from East L.A., the career policymaker/politician who still feels like an outsider. She can claim many "firsts," a lot of admirers and a lot of political foes. The first...