Former mayoral candidate Kevin James endorsed Eric Garcetti today, making him the latest conservative to side with the liberal councilman out of concern that Controller Wendy Greuel is too beholden to unions.James, a former conservative radio host, joins bloggers Michael Higby, of Mayor Sam, and Pau ... More >>
Updated below. After agonizing about it for much of his life, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy has decided not to run for mayor of Los Angeles.Yaroslavksy, who has been in public office since winning a City Council seat at 26, announced his decision this morning on his blog. While I have never been a supp ... More >>
Jason JonesSheryn Morris has been a librarian for 32 years. Eighteen of them at the Los Angeles Public Library system. She currently works at the reference desk at the literature and fiction section of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library in downtown.
"We really love our jobs," says Morri ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Alicia MoguelThe Benjamin Franklin Branch Library in Boyle Heights serves 16 local elementary schools -- from public to private -- but young students can't go to the busy library after school on Mondays due to deep budget cuts to the Los Angeles Public Library system.
"We no ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Carole M. KealohaAt the Mar Vista Branch Library on the west side, senior librarian Carole M. Kealoha says patrons are not happy about the steep budget cuts to the Los Angeles Public Library, where they rely on its services and resources.
"Not everyone has a computer at home, ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Maddy KerrAt L.A.'s Exposition Park Branch Library near the University of Southern California, children's librarian Maddy Kerr has seen firsthand the troubling after-effects of severely reduced operating hours at the Los Angeles Public Library system.
"People tell me that if ... More >>
Thelma HernandezThelma Hernandez says the L.A. public library system has been an essential resource for her family, all of whom regularly visit the Robertson Branch Library on L.A.'s westside.
Not only do Hernandez and her two kids take out books, DVDs, and CDs, but the young mother is impr ... More >>
Chinatown Branch Library in downtown L.A.Read the most recent L.A. Weekly news story on public library budget cuts: L.A.'s Library Measure L.
At the Chinatown Branch Library in downtown Los Angeles, manager Shan Liang says Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese immigrants who know little, if any, ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Henry GambillRead the most recent L.A. Weekly news story on the public library budget cuts: L.A.'s Library Measure L.
Aside from the dying city of Detroit, Los Angeles is the only significant U.S. municipality to close down its entire public library system two days a week due ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Jane DobijaWhen it comes to the harsh budget cuts that have shuttered L.A.'s public libraries two days a week, and reduced operating hours on other days, Jane Dobija thinks back to her time as a radio journalist covering the Polish revolution in the late 1980s.
"When people l ... More >>
Cypress Park Branch LibraryIn northeast Los Angeles at the Cypress Park Branch Library, acting senior librarian Patrick Xavier has been dealing with the daily fall out of severe budget cuts to the Los Angeles Public Library system, which has reduced his staff.
"It's a struggle to maintain a ... More >>
Ted SoquiRichard J. Riordan Central Library in downtown L.A.At the Studio City Branch Library in the San Fernando Valley, acting senior librarian Karen Pickard-Four says teens and senior citizens feel the pain of severe budget cuts at the Los Angeles Public Library system.
"For those kids w ... More >>
Richard J. Riordan Central Library in downtown L.A.Update, 2:50 p.m.: The Library Foundation of Los Angeles gave a major boost to the Measure L campaign, contributing $200,000 to get the ballot measure passed. Read more after jump.
Last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the ... More >>
Ted SoquiRichard J. Riordan Central LibraryAnother major organization has jumped on the pro-Measure L bandwagon, which seeks to boost the budget of Los Angeles public libraries by giving them a larger percentage of existing monies in the city's general fund.
There's no proposed tax increas ... More >>
Churches across California are pulling out the stops, according to a recent Associated Press report, by praying and fasting for the next 40 days for the passage of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot measure. The faithful are reportedly planning to subsist on soup and juice, and then gather ... More >>