In the Los Angeles City Controller race, frontrunners Dennis Zine, Cary Brazeman, and Ron Galperin are duking it out. Zine raised more money than his two rivals -- $811,000 to Galperin's $362,000 and Brazeman's $215,000 -- but Galperin got a Los Angeles Times endorsement.
As of now, Zine leads with ... More >>
L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine may wish sidewalks had gotten fixed anywhere other than his own street a few years ago -- after all, there are 5,000 miles of broken sidewalks in Los Angeles from which to choose. Instead, Zine yesterday handed his rival City Controller candidates Cary Brazeman and R ... More >>
If you judge strictly by fundraising, you'd have to say that Councilman Dennis Zine is the man to beat in the race to be the next L.A. city controller.But Ron Galperin, an attorney and onetime council candidate, is mounting a serious challenge. Though he has less than half the money that Zine does, ... More >>
This week, L.A. Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings dropped some disconcerting news: His previous assessment that the LAFD had been meeting the national standard for emergency response times was maybe not so accurate.
In fact, he said, firefighters are only arriving to the scene within 5 minutes a ... More >>
It was terrifying enough when L.A. Fire Department Chief Brian L. Cummings recently admitted to lying about his department's emergency response times to L.A. City Hall, leading to more dangerous cuts for LAFD.
But the worst possible thing he could do, now that taxpayers have learned that their fire ... More >>
Although Firegate just erupted in the public square this week, local firefighters have been watching the downward spiral of their Los Angeles City Fire Department with every whack to its budget.
An anonymous blog called LAFDDeployment.com was created in summer 2011. It encouraged firefighters to...
Smack dab in the middle of an election season, the L.A. City Ethics Commission decided yesterday afternoon to raise the cap on campaign contributions that municipal candidates can collect from their sponsors.
In other words: L.A.'s election system just got a little less Democratic, a lot more bough ... More >>
L.A. City Controller candidate Cary Brazeman, ladies and gentlemen -- kickin' off the campaign season with a bang!
While current City Controller Wendy Greuel plays catchup with KCET and irons her zillion bad suits, a fresh-faced citywatcher who hopes to move into her office come 2013 hasn't wasted ... More >>
Ah, but how quickly Los Angeles city officials forget the pact they made with the fed-up peoples of Occupy L.A.!
At a City Ethics Commission meeting today, a proposal to more than double the campaign-contribution limits for City Councilmembers and other elected officials was almost passed by the fo ... More >>
AEGAn artist's rendering of Farmers Field.LA Neighbors United, the group founded by City Controller hopeful Cary Brazeman, suggests in a letter to top city officials this week that alternatives to the downtown NFL stadium proposal have not at all been taken seriously.
The group wonders aloud ... More >>
Cary Brazeman: Vote for this 'fro, bro.And now the student becomes the teacher.
Maybe. Neighborhood development watchdog Cary Brazeman, a real pain in the ass for City Hall, tells us he filed to run for City Controller.
That doesn't mean he won't still be a thorn in the side of the City Cou ... More >>
Chris McCorkleDensity in downtown L.A.Critics of over-development in L.A. are up in arms about a California law, which just needs the governor's signature to be finalized, that they argue would weaken the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and allow cities to use years- and decades-o ... More >>
An artist's vision of Farmer's Field.A city ad-hoc committee that met mostly behind closed doors voted 4-0 this week to green light a deal to build a new, $1.5 billion NFL stadium (with some Convention Center redevelopment thrown in) downtown next to LA Live and Staples Center.
The owner of ... More >>
Go, tax revenue.Are you ready for some ... tax revenue.
Yeah, we're talkin' Monday night tax revenue, Sunday afternoon tax revenue, tax revenue all year 'round.
That according to Anschutz Entertainment Group, the people who run Staples Center and who want to install an NFL stadium atop cit ... More >>
ILLUSTRATION BY MATT MAHURINThis could be you -- if you don't haul your ass out of bed tomorrow morning for the land-use party at City HallIt's tough to talk about the L.A. City Council's sneaky new series of six to nine Zoning Code changes without tearing up from boredom.
Each one is propos ... More >>
In this week's cover story, "Community Watchdog Cary Brazeman Fights Villaraigosa's Crusade to Allow Development Everywhere: L.A.'s postwar zoning code on the chopping block," writer Steven Leigh Morris interviews Cary Brazeman, the former CB Richard Ellis exec turned community activist whose uninco ... More >>
Daily NewsCary Brazeman's ad argues changes to L.A. law would allow bigger buildings in many communities.Big buildings and high-rises could be built with little approval if a series of changes to city law take effect. At least that's according to a former real estate executive who's been taki ... More >>
Is it just me or is it getting hotter in here with the City Attorney's race on fire? Wednesday evening, candidates Jack Weiss and Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich squared off once more in candidate-forum mode, at the Westside Jewish Community Center. According to the L.A. Times, the Earth Day event, sponsore ... More >>