Scott Ochoa had never met Brian D'Arcy, the head of the powerful electrical workers' union, when D'Arcy called him up in a rage last year. Ochoa, the Glendale city manager, was trying to work out an agreement on behalf of Glendale Water & Power, the city utility. D'Arcy didn't like how the negot ... More >>
The last televised mayoral debate is tonight on KCAL, which means one more opportunity to point out that the candidates agree with each other on everything. That's been one of the recurring themes of the race: Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are fundamentally the same.The problem with that is not tha ... More >>
In his campaign for L.A. mayor, Councilman Eric Garcetti has made a lot of hay out of his opponent's labor allies. Brian D'Arcy, the head of the DWP union, has raised $2.7 million to support Controller Wendy Greuel and run attack ads against Garcetti."This is a record for a mayor's race," Garcetti s ... More >>
Wendy Greuel entered the UCLA Faculty Center last week to Alicia Keys' soaring anthem "Girl On Fire." But after two years of campaigning for mayor, and a disappointing second-place finish in the March 5 primary, Greuel was still trying to light a spark. In her speech, she vowed she would break ... More >>
L.A. Council President Herb Wesson today officially unveiled a new "L.A. 2020" Commission tasked with wading through L.A.'s finances and developing some recommendations to keep the city out of bankruptcy court.Though the commission's chair, Mickey Kantor, has said repeatedly that the commission will ... More >>
Councilman Tom LaBonge was the honoree at last night's 16th Annual Los Angeles Political Roast at the Beverly Hilton. And while there were plenty of jokes about his fondness for pumpkin bread, all eyes were on mayoral rivals Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti to see if they would get in any nasty digs a ... More >>
In the wake of the failure of a half-cent sales tax increase, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson has recruited Mickey Kantor, the former U.S. Commerce Secretary, to head up a commission to examine L.A.'s troubled finances.Kantor is putting together a group of business and labor leaders to study ... More >>
Update below, 5:15 p.m. Full rundown of Garcetti and Greuel's remarks behind closed doors at the Fed today. Greuel: "I'm gonna stand with labor, not stand up to labor." Controller Wendy Greuel got a major lift this morning, as the political committee of the L.A. County Federation of Labor voted ... More >>
Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel appear headed to a mayoral runoff in May, after taking the top two spots in Tuesday's primary election.With about 42% of precincts reporting, Garcetti had 34% of the vote to Greuel's 29%. The third place contender, Councilwoman Jan Perry, trailed ... More >>
In the closing weekend of the L.A. mayoral primary, new allegations are surfacing about a dinner that Controller Wendy Greuel shared recently with one of the co-chairs of the independent group supporting her campaign.Independent committees are barred from coordinating their efforts with candidates. ... More >>
The DWP needs some oversight for its oversight.Remember that feel-good ballot measure you voted on last spring, having to do with your electricity/water bill and government oversight and transparency and all that jazz?
Or didn't vote on, but should have?
Well, sort of feel-bad news on that ... More >>
AEG CEO Tim Leiweke: He's got downtown Los Angeles in his hands*Well, technically just in downtown Los Angeles, but that's where all the big players make all their big decisions anyway, right? Just ask a pissed-off Daily News outsider in the Valley.
Jon Regardie at the LA Downtown News knows ... More >>
Bernard Parks: Not going to take it anymoreUpdate: 4:30 p.m. Parks' opponent, Forescee Hogan-Rowles, calls Parks' slavery analogy "a racist tactic." More below.The gloves are coming off in the 8th Council District. Councilman Bernard Parks unleashed a righteous vent on Twitter on Sunday, apparent ... More >>
Brian D'ArcyCouncilwoman Jan Perry called out the leader of IBEW Local 18 today, saying that a union-backed campaign against Bernard Parks is nothing more than a "massive, ridiculous tantrum."Two union groups have so far spent $192,000 $207,000* to defeat Parks in the city election on March 8. Th ... More >>
PHOTO BY TED SOQUIThe mayor is in Chicago today -- a fitting host for his Chicago politicsUpdated after the jump: Will there be enough council strength to override the mayor's veto next Wednesday? Originally posted on Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Given the amount of time and talk devoted to the Los ... More >>
A&ERudy Martinez at his day jobExclusive: Fiery response from Camp Huizar after the jump! Originally posted at 11:30 a.m.
To be an L.A. City Councilmember last Tuesday, voting on the creation of an Office of Public Accountability for the Department of Water and Power, was a lose-lose situati ... More >>
Could that be the DWP in Garcetti's ear?Yes, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is as bad as you've heard.
1) Its overpaid suits proposed unwarranted 28-percent rate hikes on residents last spring while guarding a $73.5 million surplus like territorial dogs. 2) They only show up t ... More >>
Ron Kaye LADWP union head Brian D'Arcy will stop at nothing to keep the public department a royal familyUpdated after the jump with new details on today's debate. Of all the frenzied March ballot decisions going down at City Hall today, before the Wednesday deadline -- outlined in the Weekly's "R ... More >>
KCETVal Zavala.Amid the shameless-but-failed attempt to raise L.A.'s electricity rates by as much as 28 percent, a limping city budget that has caused layoffs, a reduction of police on the streets, and one less day of public library access, most Department of Water and Power employees are enj ... More >>