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Alex Padilla cautious on Board of Supes expansion

bill-300.jpg 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.

Yaroslavsky says there's no quick fix for homeless

“No one should expect the problem to be solved overnight,” cautioned former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky when I asked him about the latest and most promising aid proposal.

LA CAO Santana and the complexities of homelessness

“Homelessness is a problem that involves thousands of people and requires a massive response but at the end of the day it’s really about one person at a time,“ said Miguel Santana, Los Angeles’ city administrative officer.

Krekorian, bike lanes and street vendors

The negatives and positives of a changing Los Angeles were on display Monday when the chairman of the city council’s budget and finance committee spoke to lawyers, lobbyists, union leaders and other city hall aficionados.

Beutner's praise of journalism pros sounds good

The best part of Austin Beutner’s talk at Columbia was his praise for experienced journalists and his appreciation of the skill their trade requires to cover complex institutions such as Los Angeles city hall.

Garcetti's homeless challenge

After months embracing some of the most punitive anti-homeless laws in the country, Los Angeles city hall has unexpectedly shown a measure of compassion.

Patt Morrison's Beutner farewell

Of all the comments prompted by the firing of Austin Beutner as publisher of the Los Angeles Times, the most meaningful came from the paper’s thoughtful and talented Patt Morrison.

An excellent Tom Bradley documentary

The excellent new documentary, “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race,” tells the terrible story of race relations in Los Angeles.

Wrong-headed supes and the homeless

The wrong-headed decision by the five Los Angeles County supervisors to consolidate power in their own hands comes at the worst possible time, just as the county is facing a homeless crisis of epic proportions.

African American political currents in LA

From Los Angeles city hall to the county building up the hill, African American political activists are thinking about the mayor's race and the future of black representation on the board of supervisors.

LA's no drama water boss

Marcie Edwards, Los Angeles' water boss, gives an audience no sense of the calamitous nature of the drought. But maybe that’s as it should be.
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