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The ten-point Garcetti lead over Greuel that only the USC-LAT poll found last month has shrunk a bit. But it's better for Garcetti than the dead heat that the last major poll in the race found.
Here's another explanation for the improving fiscal outlook: Property is gaining in value. This is good news for local governments, as well as for homeowners who are seeing the value of their properties creep back up after several down years
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And some after pictures of a really really bad before.
Government is needed a lot more in bad times than in good times. With the economy getting better, albeit slowly, that reliance is not only starting to recede, but it's being replaced by more money coming in.
That's still up from 1991 when it was just 57, according to a Gallup survey, and much of the increase came after the recession. Those still in the workforce expect to retire well past 61.
Mayoral votes could take weeks to count despite low turnout. (Only in LA...) Why Angelenos don't vote. Villaraigosa versus the ads. Greuel's job at DreamWorks gave her a Rolodex. Some Garcetti endorsements. Plus the LAPD consent decree, subway noise and Disney Hall, and David Beckham's retirement is a big story in Europe. Kings win 4-3.
April's unemployment rate was 9 percent, down from 9.4 percent the previous month and the lowest level since late 2008.
Ricky Jay could conjure a taxi in the rain in the middle of a cornfield. A documentary film about the renowned illusionist doesn't explain how, and, really, would you want it any other way?
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Blue and gold at the end of the earth.
A little taste of Scranton (and Dunder Mifflin) on Saticoy Street.
Native Intelligence: Valley girls
"This film...is about our cultural history," director Martha Coolidge told a crowd at LACMA to see "Valley Girl," 30 years after its release. More
Native IntelligenceIf his message isn't clear, if his manner isn't inviting, if he is nothing more than a whack job, at least give him props for perseverance. An encounter at the Santa Monica courthouse. Ellen Alperstein
Koch brothers protest
About 200 people came out for a downtown Los Angeles rally against the conservative Koch brothers possibly buying the Los Angeles Times. Iris Schneider photo; see bigger.
Hollywood ParkIconic race track will close after 75 years. Read more
A. Quincy JonesThe first major museum retrospective of Jones' work comes later this month to the Hammer Museum. Read more
Streetscape: Palm weedMexican fan palms are the ultimate weeds of Los Angeles. This one was spotted growing beside the Herald Examiner building on 11th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Bigger
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Not everyone loves LA
A less-than-fond farewell to Los Angeles spotted in Paso Robles. Steve Harvey's Only in LA column.
Trains and bridgesNight photo along the Los Angeles River by Kevin McCollister. Bigger at East of West LA.
QuinceaneraTwin Argentine girls ride in a 1972 Ford Fairlane "limousine" while celebrating their 15th birthdays. Photo by Myriam Meloni. Sony World Photography Awards.
June MountainEastern Sierra ski area to reopen next season. Story
Alternate routeThe Ballona Creek bike path was wide open during the April 21 Ciclavia, as a few savvy riders discovered. Photo: Joel Sappell.