The county updated its vote tally this afternoon, and it confirmed what we already knew: Carmen Trutanich crashed and burned on Tuesday night. With 59,000 extra ballots counted, Trutanich's margin of defeat is unchanged. He's still in third by 8,000 votes, and only 117,000 votes remain to be counted ... More >>
It's going to be a lot tougher for L.A. politicians to wage their war on pot shops when dispensary workers belong to the same unions that City Hall is in bed with.
United Food and Commercial Workers -- and UFCW Local 770, in particular -- has decided to take medical-marijuana dispensary workers und ... More >>
And we don't blame them.
The base premise is ridiculous enough: Selling pot under any circumstances is illegal under federal law, yet California allows thousands of pot shops to sell it anyway, so long as it's officially for medical purposes.
So, because the L.A. City Council obviously didn't want ... More >>
Update: "Obama Administration Wages War on California's Medical-Marijuana Industry: Here Are the SoCal Targets."
The line between legal and illegal weed-dealing in California has been notoriously murky the last couple years.
State and federal courts are now trying to clear up the confusion -- but ... More >>
Yo! Venice!Suspected poop-mobile gets a tow in Venice.The campaign to rid Venice of folks who live their RVs was kicked up a notch this week as another case of sewage dumping by an RV dweller was reported on the same day that anti-"mobile homeless" activists were pressing the city to crack do ... More >>
Updated, with information from the office of the city attorney. More problems with L.A.'s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance. After years of wrangling and foot-dragging, the city finally passed an ordinance to regulate the shops, with the expectation that it would shut down 400 of about 5 ... More >>
Now that Mayor Villaraigosa has selected Michael LoGrande to become director of planning, we've asked activists from around the city to give LoGrande advice: How should he approach the job?
First up, Marcia Hanscom, Playa del Rey environmentalist.
It is the day of reckoning for a vast majority of medical marijuana dispensaries that will be out of compliance with a new city law that takes effect Monday. More than 400 of the 583 pot shops in the city are expected to be outlawed by the ordinance, which only allows the 130 or so surviving ... More >>
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday struck down another attempt to block an L.A. city ordinance that will essentially shut down most of the medical marijuana dispensaries in town. The closures are set to begin -- mostly voluntarily -- Monday.
Judge James C. Chalfant stated that the ... More >>
Kevin ScanlonJane Usher is helping the City Attorney smoke out illegal pot shops.A judge this week denied an emergency legal attempt to stop the city from shutting down four medical marijuana dispensaries, but more lawsuits against Los Angeles appear to be on the way, a City Attorney's office ... More >>
Trutanich.Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has absolutely gone off on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa over the city leader's proposed budget cuts to Trutanich's office for the fiscal year starting in July. Trutanich says he's been targeted for an 18 percent cut worth about $1 ... More >>
Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee, has waived a public hearing for L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's draft ordinance on medical marijuana dispensary regulations. Smith hopes the matter will be heard before the full city council in early Nov ... More >>
The Los Angeles Planning Department will most likely vote Thursday on whether to back a sign ordinance that will prohibit giant-sized supergraphics and brightly-lit digital billboards from the city's sweeping landscape but allow them in 21 potential sign districts around the city.
Fighting the ch ... More >>