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DWP Union Boss Taps a Loophole to Hide $40 Million

An odd legal loophole soon will play a central role in the municipal pissing contest over two mysterious L.A. Department of Water and Power "training institutes" that have secretly spent $40 million in public money. Veteran union boss Brian D'Arcy is hoping that exploiting a bit of ambiguous language...…
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News, Is the State of California Plotting the Ballona Wetlands' Demise?

Is the State of California Plotting the Ballona Wetlands' Demise?

Late last month, as L.A. residents got ready for the holidays, 40 impassioned environmentalists and Westside residents donned lime green T-shirts declaring their cause at a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: "Don't Bulldoze Ballona." They took turns beseeching the five supervisors to not allow the County...…
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Will the FBI Corruption Probe of Ron Calderon End up Exposing His L.A. Pals?

Last summer, two men sat at Dal Rae, a swank throwback to 1950s dining elegance in Pico Rivera, having a high-level movie-biz meeting far from Hollywood gossips, except that one of them was surreptitiously taping the entire thing. The conversation turned from films to politics — specifically, to the tax...…
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News, Features How a Brother and Sister Took L.A.'s Russian Immigrant Community on a Wild Ride

How a Brother and Sister Took L.A.'s Russian Immigrant Community on a Wild Ride

On a quiet, sycamore-lined street in Reseda in the sprawling San Fernando Valley, Shura Rafaelov, a 65-year-old immigrant from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, runs a small day care in her home. Rafaelov's house bustles with the pleasant clamor of a dozen children of Russian heritage, from infants rocking…
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