When Antonio Villaraigosa became the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in modern times, he did it with record-breaking turnout from the Latino community. And since then, Latino voter registration has surged from 22% to about 29% of the city electorate.But without a major Latino candidate on the ball ... More >>
With a new poll for the Los Angeles mayoral race in his back pocket, underdog candidate Emanuel Pleitez (pronounced "play-tez," in case you were wondering) has come out swinging, telling rivals Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel that the Latino vote is "not for sale."
Pleitez, whose mother is Mexican a ... More >>
For the L.A. Weekly story "Will Betsy Butler's Sex Pervert Vote Kill Her Political Career?" we talked with longtime political analyst Jamie Regalado, who thought state Assemblywoman Betsy Butler had another major problem on her hands: The gay vote may go to rival Richard Bloom in the contentious Ass ... More >>
Vernon City SealIn the small city of Vernon, resignations come in threes. Mayor Hilario Gonzales announced he was stepping down two weeks ago. Michael Montgomery, the napping city attorney, also cleaned out his desk.Today, we have the resignation of the biggest fish of them all: Eric Fresch, a la ... More >>
Photo by Anne FishbeinThe L.A. River cuts through the City of VernonThe City of Vernon (pop. 112) is in a fight to the death with Speaker John Perez, who is trying to end the city's long history of corruption by ending the city.But while the status quo is indefensible, shutting down the city woul ... More >>
Craig who?Councilwoman Janice Hahn finished first in Tuesday's Congressional primary. But her real victory had to do with who finished second.Craig Huey, a Republican who was unknown before the campaign, was edging Secretary of State Debra Bowen for second by 206 votes in unofficial returns. If t ... More >>
Matt Lauer: Why can't political campaigns be as soft and fluffy as the fourth hour of the "Today Show"?At today's Women's Conference down in Long Beach, Matt Lauer asked Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman to take down their negative ads. Why? Because negative ads are mean, and they make the Statue of Li ... More >>