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Steve Lopez: Garcetti too often is 'weaselly'

garcetti-wakeland-doting-gary.jpg The narrative of Mayor Eric Garcetti as an overly cautious waffler continues to take hold.

Boston drops out of Olympics running, so LA may be in

olympics-sussman.jpg As LA-based 3 Wire Sports urged last month, Boston is no longer an obstacle to Los Angeles getting the 2024 Summer Games.

Monday news and notes: July 27

KeyPeele.jpg Times editors give another letter grade. CBS2/KCAL promotes Amber Lee. Key and Peele to end their Comedy Central show. More politics and media notes.

Thursday news and notes: Superheroes and more

Mathews-super-obama-600x400.jpg Biden was in town. Ex-LA Times reporter takes a job in City Hall. Fernando Valenzuela becomes a citizen. And California's hangup on superheroes. Plus more.

Supes vote to raise LA County minimum wage to $15 too

hall-of-admin-sign.jpg The action brings the county in line with Los Angeles City Hall. Over to you Long Beach, Glendale and Santa Clarita.

Letter grades for electeds begin with Galperin

galperin-grade-grab.jpg The LA Times editorial board wants Controller Ron Galperin to think bigger and be noisier.

Wrong-headed supes and the homeless

bill-300.jpg 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.

Can LA County solve America's voting problem?

ballots-received-laco.jpg Los Angeles is getting credit for trying to fix the technology side of the old-fashioned and embarrassing way that the U.S. conducts elections.

Ex-reporter named Mayor Garcetti's press secretary

connia-llanos-fb.jpg Connie Llanos, formerly of the Daily News, works now for Councilman Curren Price and was a spokesperson for Wendy Greuel in the 2013 mayoral campaign.

News and notes: Ridley-Thomas not running for mayor

Ridley-Thomas and more politics notes, DeAndre Jordan stays with Clippers, new hosts at NPR's All Things Considered and more.

African American political currents in LA

bill-300.jpg 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 Supes take back the power they gave up in 2007

Thumbnail image for county-org-chart-1939.jpg Chief executive office is weakened and now if you run the hospitals or mental health services, you again have to report to an elected politician.

Serious crime in Los Angeles very much on the rise

lapd-car-left.jpg New LA Times analysis shows the downward trend in LA crime stats is over and that crime is up in all major categories except homicide.

Trump golf course here loses big PGA tournament too

trump-national-640.jpg The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is looking for another home, while conservative opinionist Jonah Goldberg calls out Trump for damaging the Republican Party.

Tuesday news and notes: Cosby, Trump, #USWNT

mike-kelley-buses.jpg Bill Cosby's old admission. Donald Trump coming to LA? Record audience for soccer as U.S. champions come to LA Live. Plus much more politics and media.

Report: Roll Call editor to take over LA Times politics

Christina-Bellantoni-softball.jpg Dylan Byers of Politico reports the hiring of Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni to be Assistant Managing Editor for Politics -- a title that does not currently exist.

Pilar Marrero returning to journalism from Solis' staff

pilar-marrero-fb-profile.jpg Marrero left La Opinión in December after 24 years to work for new LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis. She's going to back to work on election coverage.

Book notes: Deal for a book on Jerry Brown, more LA authors

jim-newton-lat.jpg Jim Newton will write the next book on Jerry Brown "and the creation of modern California." Plus Diana Wagman, Holly Madison, William Mulholland, Josh Kun and more.

LA's no drama water boss

bill-300.jpg 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.
Thumbnail image for homeless-pico-closer.jpg On the eve of his second anniversary in office, the mayor faces a test on the homeless issue. He changed his tune last night on Warren Olney's show.
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