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Meet Kamala Harris' 27-Year-Old Political Director

Daniel Lopez was 22 when he decided to run a slate to take control of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats. The board was full of lobbyists and professionals, many of them in their mid-30s, who rarely endorsed candidates in close races out of fear of ruffling feathers. “A lot......
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L.A. Urged to Give the Expo Train Priority Over Cars

Last week, we wrote about how the Expo Line — which opens to Santa Monica on May 20 — offers a sluggish ride through downtown L.A. because it stops for cross traffic. Following that story, a transit activist posted a petition on Change.org urging the L..A. Department of Transportation to......
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Here's Why the DWP Is Such a Stagnant, Bloated Mess

If you claim that the L.A. Department of Water and Power is a bloated, bureaucratic mess, you won't get much of an argument. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, and Councilman Felipe Fuentes have all said they want to make the department more "nimble" and "efficient" — and all......
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Should Misbehaving Cops Be Shielded From Public Scrutiny?

Mark Arner didn't know what he was getting into. A veteran reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was working the police beat when an editor told him to check out a case at the county Civil Service Commission. "It wasn't something I covered normally," he says. "We stumbled across......
A train waits for cars to pass on Adams Boulevard.; Credit: Photo by Gene Maddaus

The New Train to the Beach Faces a Bottleneck Downtown

The Expo Line will open all the way to Santa Monica on May 20, connecting downtown to the beach for the first time since the 1950s. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the ride will take 46 minutes — though maybe more like 48 minutes under real-world conditions. They argue that......
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Why Are People So Mad at Felipe Fuentes?

Last year, Dave DePinto joined a group of homeowners in a meeting at City Hall with their councilman, Felipe Fuentes. The California High-Speed Rail Authority was proposing an above-ground viaduct through Big Tujunga Wash, and DePinto and the others wanted him to oppose it. With a map spread out on......
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Prison-Bound Paul Tanaka Is Out as Mayor of Gardena

Paul Tanaka, once the heir apparent to Sheriff Leroy Baca, was convicted today of two felony charges for conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into jail abuse. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison. Though the conviction brings to a close the corruption scandals that plagued the last......
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The Porter Ranch Gas Leak Means Everybody Has to Use Less Power

Californians love conserving things. Like water. Who doesn't love a brown lawn and a nice, refreshing 5-minute shower. Well, get ready to conserve power this summer. The state warned today that due to the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak, Southern California could be facing blackouts on 14 days this summer......
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One Angry Bus Driver Tries to Put the Brakes on DWP Rate Hikes

Like most cities, Los Angeles is overwhelmingly Democratic. The mayor, controller and city attorney are Democrats. Of the 15 members of the City Council, all but one is a Democrat. That does not mean that city politics are free from conflict, it just means that the conflicts are not primarily......