If redistricting humor is your cup of tea, then the L.A. Political Roast was the place to be last night. About 900 lobbyists, elected officials, and assorted City Hall hacks gathered at the Beverly Hilton to raise money for diabetes research and roast Council President Herb Wesson.At most, there ... More >>
Bill ya later.When the Los Angeles City Council is low on cash, they tend not to look to their own overfunded executive offices -- or alleged untouchables like the corrupt, bulging Housing Authority -- for the answer.
Nope: They look to their broke-ass constituents, already drowning in a dis ... More >>
NFLAre you ready for some ... waiting?This winter the downtown stadium plan was plowing ahead like Republicans at a tax-break buffet. Well, so much for the fast track. This is, as you're well aware, the most-business-friendly city in the world (we kid).
And well, L.A.'s chief legislative ana ... More >>
Los Angeles libraries, already reeling from major cuts in local funding, would lose another $1.3 million in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.The state budget slashes assistance to local libraries by $30.4 million. At today's Budget and Finance Committee hearing, Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry ... More >>
This picture tells the story of what the Los Angeles City Council is facing as it tries to pare a $492 million deficit projected to hit for the new fiscal year in July. Is the council serious? Because this chart, presented to the city in recent weeks, shows that deficits will only get worse, ... More >>
Maybe Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks was right when he called Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's budget proposal for the next fiscal year a "fantasy." Along with optimistic revenue projections, the document stated that only about 750 layoffs would be needed.
On Tuesday, the city's chief ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSCURRENT STAGE FEATURE ON THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO7 LOCAL THEATERS IN DANGER OF EVICTIONAn internal memo to the Los Angeles City Council dated April 16, and co-signed by Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry F. Miller and C ... More >>
It turns out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was more bark than bite Tuesday when he announced that he would pursue putting most city services on a three-days-a-week schedule to take a bite out of Los Angeles' deficit.
The city's chief legislative analyst, Gerry Miller, said Wednesday that the ma ... More >>
Councilman Bernard Parks says cuts to the LAPD inevitable.In the recent golden years of Chief William Bratton, the Los Angeles Police Department's budget and hiring was a political third rail, and the City Councilmostly steered clear of budget and officer reductions (and when it didn't, it go ... More >>
Sony PicturesLA Weekly obtained a series of emails that shed light on City Hall's oft-touted contention that July's Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center downtown was a $4 million boost to area businesses. The number is important because it's often cited by those who believe it was worth it ... More >>
We'd be horrible Scrooges if we ended this year without a nod to a former Weekly reporter and columnist, our friend Dave Zahniser (or Dave Z., as he's known throughout the local political and journalism world). His amazing recent scoop about the secret report on Measure B on the ballot on Marc ... More >>