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News, The Informer MTA Turns Aside Protests From Losing Bidders, Awards Westside Subway Contract

MTA Turns Aside Protests From Losing Bidders, Awards Westside Subway Contract

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Thursday awarded a $1.6 billion contract for the first phase of the Westside subway extension, turning aside protests from two losing bidders. By a vote of 9-3, with one member abstaining, the MTA board awarded the contract to a team led by Skanska. The Westside...…
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News, The Informer With Bad Contract, L.A. Police Union Reaps What It Sowed During Mayor's Race

With Bad Contract, L.A. Police Union Reaps What It Sowed During Mayor's Race

L.A. police officers are up in arms about their new union contract, which freezes wages for most officers for one year. The union rank-and-file rejected the deal last Friday, and on Tuesday union president Tyler Izen called the absence of a raise a "slap in the face." It should come as no...…
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News, The Informer Westside Subway Contract Has Losing Bidder Crying Foul

Westside Subway Contract Has Losing Bidder Crying Foul

After decades of planning, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is finally set to award a $1.6 billion contract for the first phase of the Westside subway extension. But it appears that nothing on this project can happen without controversy. One of the losing bidders, Dragados USA, is crying foul over the...…
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News, The Informer Contractor Wants Another $400 Million for 405 Widening Project

Contractor Wants Another $400 Million for 405 Widening Project

Now that the 405 widening project is done, it's time to settle up on the bill. The project was initially budgeted at a cool $1 billion, which rose to $1.1 billion. But now the contractor, Kiewit, says it is owed another $400 million. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Kiewit are...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Water Use Jumped Due to World Cup "Halftime Flush"

L.A. Water Use Jumped Due to World Cup "Halftime Flush"

In perhaps a sign of the growing popularity of soccer in the United States, the L.A. Department of Water and Power recorded a modest spike in water usage at halftime of Thursday's World Cup game between the U.S. and Germany. Water usage then dropped sharply during the second half. It...…
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News, The Informer MTA Predicts Less Than 1 Percent of Airport Passengers Will Take Train to LAX

MTA Predicts Less Than 1 Percent of Airport Passengers Will Take Train to LAX

The MTA board voted Thursday to build a new station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, which will eventually link to Los Angeles International Airport. The proposal was not what Mayor Eric Garcetti originally hoped for. He wanted a separate spur off the Crenshaw Line that would connect to an intermodal facility. The...…
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News, The Informer Family of Man Slain by Sheriff's Deputy Awarded $1.5 Million

Family of Man Slain by Sheriff's Deputy Awarded $1.5 Million

The family of a man slain by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy was awarded $1.5 million in a settlement Wednesday, according to the family's attorney. Arturo Cabrales, 22, was shot and killed at his South L.A. home in March 2012. According to the federal lawsuit filed by his family, Cabrales...…
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News, The Informer Eric Garcetti's Hard Line Against DWP Union Slush Fund Appears to Waver

Eric Garcetti's Hard Line Against DWP Union Slush Fund Appears to Waver

Mayor Eric Garcetti has taken a hard line against two ratepayer-funded training programs at the Department of Water and Power. Garcetti has threatened to withhold funding from the programs unless Brian D'Arcy, the head of the DWP union, agrees to reveal more information about how the money is spent. But...…
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News, The Informer How Eric Garcetti Botched the Governor's Stance on Hollywood Tax Credits

How Eric Garcetti Botched the Governor's Stance on Hollywood Tax Credits

Mayor Eric Garcetti was up in Sacramento a couple of weeks ago to lobby for one of his top legislative priorities: expanding the state's film tax credit. After a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown, he was feeling pretty confident. Garcetti told L.A. Times columnist George Skelton that Brown had been won over...…
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News, The Informer How Did Gwyneth Paltrow-Backed David Kanuth Raise $900,000 and Get Just 1,200 Votes?

How Did Gwyneth Paltrow-Backed David Kanuth Raise $900,000 and Get Just 1,200 Votes?

Of all the results from last Tuesday's election, perhaps none was more startling than the poor showing of David Kanuth, a Democrat running for the 33rd Congressional District. Kanuth raised $912,000 - a staggering sum for a first-time candidate. But he was unable to convert those dollars into votes. He...…
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News, The Informer Race to Succeed Assessor John Noguez Pits an Insider Against an Outsider

Race to Succeed Assessor John Noguez Pits an Insider Against an Outsider

The L.A. County Assessor's office has been in limbo for two years, ever since corruption charges forced Assessor John Noguez to take an extended leave of absence. On Tuesday, the office got a little closer to having stable leadership. Jeff Prang and John Morris finished at the top of a...…
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News, The Informer Neel Kashkari Wins Mud-Wrestling Contest With Tea Party Rival Tim Donnelly

Neel Kashkari Wins Mud-Wrestling Contest With Tea Party Rival Tim Donnelly

Republican Neel Kashkari came from behind to knock off Tea Party rival Tim Donnelly on Tuesday, edging into the second spot in the top-two primary in the race for California governor. Kashkari, who was backed by most of the Republican establishment and $4 million, will face long odds against incumbent...…
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News, The Informer Jim McDonnell Emerges From Sheriff's Primary With Commanding Lead

Jim McDonnell Emerges From Sheriff's Primary With Commanding Lead

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell emerged from Tuesday's election as the overwhelming favorite to be the next sheriff, finishing well out in front in a seven-candidate field. With most of the ballots counted, McDonnell held 49 percent - narrowly missing the majority needed to win outright. If the results...…
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News, The Informer Neel Kashkari Is Leading In New Poll of Governor's Race

Neel Kashkari Is Leading In New Poll of Governor's Race

Neel Kashkari has taken a narrow lead over Tea Party rival Tim Donnelly in the most recent poll of the California governor's race. Kashkari leads Donnelly by a 5-point margin, 18 percent to 13 percent, in the poll commissioned by the L.A. Times and the USC Dornsife school. If that result...…
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News, The Informer L.A. County Sheriff's Race: A Voter's Guide

L.A. County Sheriff's Race: A Voter's Guide

Never before has L.A. seen such a wide open race for sheriff. But the campaign has been a bit of a muddle. Much of the energy in recent weeks has gone into denunciations of former undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who is running for sheriff even though he is the subject of...…
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News, The Informer From the Sidelines, Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca Is Rooting for James Hellmold

From the Sidelines, Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca Is Rooting for James Hellmold

Former Sheriff Lee Baca has been out of the spotlight since January, when he resigned under a cloud of scandal. But Baca, who turned 72 this week, has been keeping a close eye on the wide-open race to succeed him. And while he has not said so publicly, Baca is...…
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News, The Informer Eric Garcetti's Data Website Draws Few Visitors; Reboot Planned

Eric Garcetti's Data Website Draws Few Visitors; Reboot Planned

Last fall, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a new data website that he promised would "revolutionize" the relationship between citizens and City Hall. The site, lamayor.org/performance, offered bar graphs on things like road repairs, response times and library usage. But since then, the site has become a virtual ghost town. It...…
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News, Features Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly Are Fighting for the Right to Lose to Governor Jerry Brown

Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly Are Fighting for the Right to Lose to Governor Jerry Brown

Like most people, Bill Bloomfield does not think Neel Kashkari will be the next governor of California. Jerry Brown, he says, is "clearly going to be re-elected." Nevertheless, Bloomfield has decided to dip into his family's wealth — he made a pile on coin-op laundry machines — to pay for...…
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News, L.A. County Assessor's Race: Who Will Replace John Noguez?

L.A. County Assessor's Race: Who Will Replace John Noguez?

Omar Haroon took a job in the L.A. County Assessor's office in October 2011 — just before all hell broke loose. Within months, the office was raided by Deputy Attorney's investigators looking into allegations that Assessor John Noguez had arranged tax breaks for his friends and supporters. The upper ranks...…
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News, The Informer Eric Garcetti's First Budget Shows That Changes Come Slowly to L.A. City Hall

Eric Garcetti's First Budget Shows That Changes Come Slowly to L.A. City Hall

Mayor Eric Garcetti's budget for next year has been called a "status quo" plan. There were some tweaks from his predecessor's last budget, including, most notably, a plan to hire 50 new officers to write parking tickets. But even incremental change is difficult at L.A. City Hall. The plan drew criticism,...…
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