It's been more than a year since the Los Angeles Times dropped its Sacramento blog, which was also its only blog aimed at state or local politics. California Politics carries the title line "the Los Angeles Times on politics and government in the Golden State," but in practice most of the items (at least today) are written by Anthony York, editor of the independent Capitol Weekly. The weekly, published in print on Thursdays, bills itself as "the newspaper of California government and politics." It has an advisory board of Democrats and Republicans, including former governor Pete Wilson. The publishers are Malibu Times co-owners and publishers Arnold and Karen York. (Yes, related.)
Vibrant arena: There are more good blogs and websites than ever reporting and commenting on Los Angeles and state politics, topics that are intimately related and overlapping. (The mayor and five members of the City Council used to be state lawmakers, others hope to be, and Janice Hahn is running for statewide office.) I've got links to dozens of politics sites, interest groups and media outlets at the Politics page, with more being added every week. The page is in fledgling mode so far — got suggestions for links or other content you'd like to see there? Drop me a line.