The Los Angeles chapter of No More Jails Coalition is taking it to the streets today, telling L.A. County supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gloria Molina, Don Knabe, and Mike Antonovich that the plan for embattled Sheriff Lee Baca to build a new women's jail is a crazy way to spend mi ... More >>
By Matthew Mullins and Jill Stewart Update: The Board of Supervisors rejected the Clean Water, Clean Beaches plan today in a big upset, thanks to what many say was exceedingly poor outreach on the massive tax plan to pay for it. See next page for details. Hundreds of angry people today demanded th ... More >>
Hilda Solis, a San Gabriel Valley native who went from being a hotel housekeeper to the White House's Secretary of Labor, announced her resignation from the Obama administration cabinet position today. Solis is rumored to be eyeing a run for the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, whe ... More >>
We spend most of the year criticizing Los Angeles' ugly buildings and other unfortunate aspects of the local built environment. Here's our chance to rundown some of the thoughtful, inspiring and downright stellar projects that make us L.A. proud, and that make our burg a better place in general.
Updated at the bottom: The supervisors put off the vote (but why?). First posted at 9:07 a.m. The folks who want porn stars to start using condoms have qualified just such a proposal for the November ballot in L.A. County. But before you get to vote on it, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors gets ... More >>
Despite the efforts of plastic-bag manufacturer Hilex-Poly, a state Superior Court judge ruled last week that L.A. County's new plastic-bag ban is indeed constitutional. But the plaintiff isn't giving up so easily. "We always knew this wasn't going to get resolved at the lower court level," says le ... More >>
David MarklandLee Baca.We call him the Teflon Sheriff because despite a decade's worth of allegations that deputies sometimes allegedly beat L.A. County Jail inmates (and visitors) for no good reason, Lee Baca keeps getting reelected by you, the people. Well, that nonstick coating will be pu ... More >>
Jim McDonnell from his LAPD days.Sheriff Lee Baca has the FBI and the ACLU breathing down his neck over the alleged beatings of inmates (and even visitors) at his L.A. County jails. Now the omnipotent if not low-profile County Supervisors seem to be in a pissing contest to see who can appoin ... More >>
Legacy-obsessed L.A. politicians are covering buildings and parks with their names
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to boycott Arizona business and travel over the state's controversial immigration law. The vote was three to two on the powerful five member board, with Mark Ridley-Thomas casting the decider alongside the boycott's author, Gloria Mol ... More >>
The decider: Mark Ridley-Thomas.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take up a proposal to initiate its own travel and business boycott against Arizona, and on Friday it looked like the vote would be close: Supervisor Don Knabe said he would oppose such a measure, putt ... More >>
We noted yesterday that the county's proposed boycott of Arizona would have at least one detractor: Supervisor Mike Antonovich. He didn't disappoint observers Thursday when he issued a press release calling the idea "stupid." "As elected officials, we take an oath to uphold the federal and s ... More >>
It looks like the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider its own boycott of Arizona, following in the footsteps of Los Angeles and other cities upset over the state's controversial immigration law. The powerful, five-person body already appears to have two votes in hand: Super ... More >>
Attention Silver Lake and Echo Park hipsters: The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension is set to open Nov. 15. It goes from Little Tokyo, through Boyle Heights, to East Los Angeles. If you don't live along the Gold Line -- if you're not able to take a bus directly north or south to a Gold Line stop (w ... More >>
Gay-marriage culture battle deepens between gays, Latinos, Christians, liberals
Supervisor Mike Antonovich has rolled up his gray-flannelled trousers to wade deep into the culture wars. Specifically, according to the L.A. Daily News, he wants the crucifix put back in the County Seal, now that the steel cross has been restored to the roof of the San Gabriel Mission, following it ... More >>
Suburbanites hold the cards in approving a countywide sales-tax increase for mass transit
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Theater News: The Mark Taper Forum's $30 Million Face Lift; Galatea aims for Fringe NYC festival; Company of Angeles former president Paul Brennan dies. TAPER FACELIFT On Tuesday morning, Center Theatre Group rolled out its $30 million re-design of the Mark Taper Forum, that has been dark for t ... More >>
The "temporary" sales tax would last 30 years. It's already set Eastside against Westside
She was hailed as a black pioneer and hero. Did she sell out?
It's a fact of life for street artists that their work is going to get covered up, torn down, painted over, or if you're Man One, billed for tens of thousands of dollars by Gloria Molina to be sandlbasted off walls. Your adversaries may be fellow painters, the weather, construction workers, or mun ... More >>
Matthew Flesicher wrote a piece in the news section about the County calling an "emergency" over the properly permitted art project held in the Arroyo Seco in September. Standing on a bridge overlooking the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles rivers, Friends of the Los Angeles River fou ... More >>
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Eleven transit honchos were barred from voting due to money conflicts. So they drew straws.
“You’ve obviously not been watching your own news channel,” Bratton said acidly to the KTTV reporter. “I’ve already apologized. I don’t feel the need to answer your specific question, or apologize to you.”
Could L.A. be the next New Orleans?
Ed Reyes is angry. He wants the "zombies" in L.A.’s Planning Department out. He wants affordable-housing supporters in. And he wants his more polite colleagues on the City Council to help him pull it off.
The right lawyer could make sure that L.A. County is run openly
Over the past 50 years, the city has tried repeatedly to turn Grand Avenue into the living, breathing heart of downtown, and has failed miserably. Now, a public-private group led by Eli Broad is trying again with the emphasis on private
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Lloyd Monserratt, 1966–2003
Let voters decide health-care workers pay issue
Winners, losers and others in the Gloria Marina fiasco
Politicians provide comic relief from election madness
School board can hardly refuse money for safety study of L.A.’s most troubled campus
State might pay for safety study of L.A.’s most troubled school site
L.A.’s bungled high school project finally done in by politics and money woes
Janitors make progress on health insurance, but many still go without
Little good and some harm will result from the latest fit over sheriff’s pension
Getting the county out of the arms trade
The new equation of power politics at the school district
Supes poised to enact living-wage ordinance — but not for part-timers
What the banished I.G. could do for the beleaguered D.A.
Rivals jockey for post position as Alatorre play out hand
Eastside councilman, longtime rivals locked in family dispute