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City Council president doesn't pay his bills on time

herb-wesson320.jpg Herb Wesson has received five default notices for being late with mortgage payments.

Councilman Felipe Fuentes to resign, become lobbyist

felipe-fuentes.jpg The councilman from the northeast Valley stayed less than one term.

Villaraigosa marries in weekend ceremony in Mexico

villaraigosa-govea.jpg Villaraigosa was married to Patricia Govea at a hotel in San Miguel de Allende.

Feds throw more charges at ex-Sheriff Baca

baca-retires.jpg After grand jury indictment, the former lawman could get 20 years but probably wouldn't.

Valley candidate is in, then he's out of runoff

joe-shammas-certif.jpg The Secretary of State gave Joe Shammas a certificate saying he finished second to Rep. Tony Cardenas. Then he took it away.

Ex-sheriff Baca rolls the dice on a trial

bacas-team-wla.jpg LA County's disgraced former sheriff withdraws his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about jail abuse.

The state of our overheated minds on the environment

warpedsun.jpg Californians are crazy about the environment, even, and often especially, in LA. And we're not afraid to go our own way.

DNC: Garcetti and Villaraigosa to speak

antonio-villar-2016-mic.jpg Villaraigosa talked down speculation that he might end the week as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

LA Times staff told to keep political opinions off social media

latimes-twitter-logo.jpg "Don’t use your social media feed to pan or praise candidates, parties or their positions," a memo from the managing editor reminds reporters.

Judge says ex-Sheriff Baca deserves more time in jail

baca-retires.jpg Six months for his crimes is not enough, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson rules.

Donald Trump piñatas in DTLA

trump-pinatas-dtla.jpg Donald Trump piñatas are a staple at shops in the Los Angeles piñata district these days.

Two Metro lines for two different LAs

bill-300.jpg Two proposed commuter rail lines explain much about race, economic class and political clout in Los Angeles County.

Politico's Mike Allen puts down his Playbook

playbook-grab.jpg After 3,304 morning newsletters since 2007, he's off to start a new media company with partners from Politico.

30-story tower planned at foot of Baldwin Hills raises a fuss

lacienga-jefferson-renderin.jpg This is the kind of completely new development turn for Los Angeles that should get a thorough debate in the political arena but that rarely does.

5 Dallas police officers killed, 11 in all shot by snipers*

dallas-officer.jpg Shooters apparently firing semi-automatic weapons hit at least 11 police officers in Dallas tonight at an otherwise calm protest over police shootings of unarmed suspects in other cities.

Runoff races for Board of Supervisors now decided

supes5-final-primary.jpg It's Kathryn Barger and Darrell Park in the 5th district.

Mag profile: Garcetti 'remains fundamentally unknowable'

Garcetti-la-mag.jpg People see what he backs as a politician, but they don’t see what he’s willing to fight for, says Los Angeles Magazine.

A return to city hall

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

Steve Barr says he's in for run against Garcetti

steve-barr-campaignweb-grab.jpg The Green Dot charter schools founder says he's in "to disrupt the political establishment and turn our city around."

Garcetti as veep prospect doesn't get traction

garcetti-veep-grab.jpg There's nothing going on, but the trick is to make it look like there is for a few days.
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