Eric Smidt must be L.A.'s least-written-about, super-rich, self-made guy pouring money into Democratic races in the U.S., and now he's given $50,000 to the Coalition for School Reform to elect Kate Anderson and Antonio Sanchez to the powerful LAUSD Board of Education, and to re-elect incumbent Monic ... More >>
Read L.A Weekly feature article about inner-city success story Emanuel Pleitez. Los Angeles mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez is now getting into the thick of a brewing scandal involving rival Eric Garcetti, who L.A. Weekly reported owned stock in Clear Channel Communications while at the same time ... More >>
Candidates for the office of Los Angeles mayor are getting nearly half of their money (42 percent) from out of town and nearly one-fifth of it (18 percent) from ritzy Westside neighborhoods, according to a California Common Cause report released today. If you think that special interests control na ... More >>
Every time plans for a new L.A.-area Walmart leak to the public -- recent targets include Burbank, Chinatown and Altadena -- we see a familiar wave of outrage and picket signs and union pressers. But Wal-Mart knows what it can and can't do. A company this savvy isn't going to waste time trying to o ... More >>
Like most news bloggers, we probably spend too much time on Twitter. Tips arrive in real time -- quicker than on news television, or over the wire -- and Twitpics open us up to a world of witnesses. In effect, we might also talk about it too much. (Online celebrity rags are guiltiest of all: ... More >>
Full disclosure: We have a huge crush on Ron Kaye.L.A. Clean Sweep may have started small and controversial, but after a rowdy few months of almost mainstream redevelopment scandal and municipal mud-slinging, the out-with-the-old "political action committee" has seen a few of its candidates b ... More >>
Incumbent's rival in Los Angeles Council District 8 was forced from an investing board for gift-seeking
Now I see the light.Thanks to Antonio Villaraigosa's practice of ignoring anti-corruption laws, angling for $50,000 to $100,000 in freebies, then failing to tell the City Ethics Commission, the Fair Political Practices Commission has just enacted a strict rule forcing California politicians ... More >>
Fox 11 NewsThe Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Tuesday considered recommendations that would tighten the kind of loophole that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has used to accept valuable tickets to sporting and entertainment events. Under rules proposed by the commission's director of policy and ... More >>
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