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Villaraigosa's day and more politics notes

gloria-molina-metro-zocalo.jpg Willie Brown urges the birthday boy not to run. The national media is on the Villaraigosa beat now. Plus Gloria Molina.

Target eyesore in Hollywood: blame Garcetti

target-hollywood-iris.jpg I understand Mayor Garcetti's desire to create more pedestrian-friendly development in Hollywood, but that's not what happened.

Tom Steyer won't run for Boxer seat

tom-steyer-twitter.jpg Billionaire environmentalist says it was a hard decision, but climate change is his key fight -- it "will define the success or failure of our generation."
villaraigosa-dnc-grab.jpg The former mayor sups with Eric Garcetti and Kamala Harris as he tests his prospects for 2016. Many links inside.

Local water use to be cut 20 percent in two years

InSapphoWeTrust 15th St Santa Monica2.jpg The water conservation battle is joined! Santa Monica has pledged to reduce citywide water use 20 percent by December 31, 2016. As you may recall, Mayor Garcetti has already set a Los Angeles goal for a 20 percent reduction by January 2017.

Doug Dowie tries to rebuild career after prison

doug-dowie-at-66-labj.jpg The former Daily News managing editor and head of Fleishman-Hillard in LA, now 66, has one client and some friends.

Kamala Harris to announce on Tuesday, reports say*

kamala-harris-paul-chinn-sfc.jpg The state attorney general will make it official, via online post, that she's running for the Barbara Boxer seat in the Senate.

Gavin Newsom takes himself out of Boxer race*

gavinnewsomusat.jpg Newsom's exit makes the path more open to Attorney General Kamala Harris, but don't forget Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa and Tom Steyer.

Elizabeth Kaltman, Hollywood PR executive, dies at 41

elizabeth-kaltman.jpg Before moving on to Hollywood, Kaltman was a press deputy to Jim Hahn and Wendy Greuel in City Hall.

Villaraigosa knows how to use the Saturday news cycle

villaraigosa-thumbing-gl.jpg The former mayor said he might run for Boxer's Senate seat and scored a lot of coverage — some even favorable.

Sen. Boxer will not run for reelection (video)

boxer-announces-grab.jpg Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not seek another term in 2016. "I want to come home."

New sheriff in town goes on media tour

sheriff-mcdonnell-doten-dn.jpg Jim McDonnell visits with Larry Mantle at KPCC, sits with Conan Nolan at KNBC and allows backstage access to photographer John McCoy of the Daily News.

Ezell Ford autopsy details wounds, Beck holds presser *

chief-beck-grab-ezellfordpresser.jpg Autopsy shows that the mentally ill black man in South LA was shot in the side, arm and back. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck met the media and took questions.

How are we doing?

edwardconde2.jpg At the beginning of 2014, we took "a sober look at the environment" in LA and California, made 10 predictions, and promised to hold ourselves accountable to you, our readers, at the end of the year. So here we go: what really happened in 2014 and what we can look forward to in 2015 and beyond.

Alma mater sees Garcetti as presidential material

garcetti-biden.jpg A glowing puff piece in the Columbia magazine declares Eric Garcetti the "very model of the modern mayor." He blogs, he tweets, he has a mountain bike and he speaks Spanish.

David Garth, NY consultant who helped elect Tom Bradley, was 84

david-garth-bradley.jpg Garth, a small, pugnacious political consultant, always said that in a campaign Bugs Bunny beats Daffy Duck -- the smooth unruffled character beats the berserk fool.

City Hall wants LA taxis to become more like Uber

united-taxi-sfv-lao.jpg The New Yorker takes a serious look at the future of Los Angeles taxicabs through the eyes of Eric Spiegelman, the president of Mayor Garcetti's taxi commission, and a believer that taxis can move into the app era.

A rally for the 'California 12'

hanlines-iris.jpg Outside City Hall, friends and family of California inmates identified as innocent by the California Innocence Project pleaded for Governor Brown to commute their sentences for the holidays.

Here's who is actually running for City Hall in '15

city-hall-night-alt.jpg None of it matters until this final certified list of the candidates who actually completed their paperwork to run for office and get on the ballot. Only one City Council member is unopposed.

Reclaiming lost lives at the LA County cemetery

IMG_1846 - Copy.JPG The LA County memorial for unclaimed human remains makes a powerful civic statement.
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