Bill Boyarsky
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Garcetti's inclusive vision of LA

bill-300.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti didn’t mention Donald Trump by name in his luncheon talk. Still, he managed a subtle rebuke to the Republican presidential nominee.

Making voting as easy as shopping at Target

Awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature is legislation that could make election day really confusing for many Californians.

Two Metro lines for two different LAs

Two proposed commuter rail lines explain much about race, economic class and political clout in Los Angeles County.

A return to city hall

Absence makes the heart grow fonder as I found Tuesday when I returned to an old haunt, Los Angeles City Hall.

Ryu digs deep into controversy

In one of his first appearances before the lobbyists, lawyers, consultants and others who live by their ability to influence city hall, Councilman David Ryu didn’t make it easy for his audience.

Real estate developers: all aboard Expo

It’s enlightening to look at the Expo line as if I were a real estate developer, a class of businessperson who dominates city government.

Gutless city hall wants to bury planning reform

Mayor Eric Garcetti and several city council members have decided that the issue of a high- rise Los Angeles is too hot to handle and want to throw it into the bottomless pit that is the city hall bureaucracy.

Rosendahl's legacy: clean politics and civic discourse

As a television moderator and a city councilman, the late Bill Rosendahl was fiercely dedicated to good government and clean politics. Even more important, he was dedicated to bringing people together.

Wesson says don't blame electeds for DWP troubles

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson says neither he nor other elected officials are to blame for the troubles of the Department of Water and Power.
The recent history of Los Angeles can be told by a tour of its malls from the sprawling shopping centers designed for the car-mad post-World War II years to the present.

Alex Padilla cautious on Board of Supes expansion

Secretary of State Alex Padilla conceded that the five Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor districts are big but wouldn't say whether he favors proposals to expand the board.

A more humane homeless approach?

When I talked to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, I got the feeling that the city may be moving away from its punitive approach to homelessness and toward something more humane and practical.

Homeless, housing and Nimbys

A missing ingredient in Wednesday’s Los Angeles County town hall-style meeting on homelessness was a frank discussion of the difficulties in filling the great need for affordable housing.
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