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Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros. as chief flack

DeeDeeMyers-chair.jpg Myers' Clinton ties could be a factor if Hillary Clinton runs for president. Before she became the first female press secretary at the White House, Myers worked in LA City Hall.

Two tales of a city

olympics1.jpg LA mayor Eric Garcetti has a narrative problem. The two stories he is telling about Los Angeles don't line up. Winning an Olympic bid could provide the deus ex machina the city needs in the absence of a heroic storyline.

Garcetti's tech obstacles

bill-300.jpg It’s not easy to figure out Mayor Eric Garcetti’s grand plan for Los Angeles, or even if he has one. His state of the city speech Thursday didn’t help. "It starts with modern technology,” the mayor said, and then sort of left us hanging.

Mayor says he's all about back to basics

garcetti-after-SOTC-bk.jpg In his first State of the City speech, Garcetti doesn't make much news but lists some early accomplishments and some plans.

LA 2020 Commission makes recommendations

Thumbnail image for city-hall-with-palms.jpg Before Mayor Eric Garcetti could give his first state of the city address this afternoon, the LA 2020 Commission appointed by Council President Herb Wesson stole his thunder a bit by announcing yesterday the civic group's ideas to improve LA. But that's OK, because everybody sounds underwhelmed.
la-mag-grab-broad.jpg Broad tells Los Angeles Magazine the city needs "better political leadership and better citizen and corporate leadership than it’s had." He also confirms he is still trying to buy the LA Times.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas takes a selfie

mrt-selfie.jpg County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' Twitter account posted this pic of the boss grabbing a pic of his own after a meeting with young Jewish leaders in the Crenshaw district.

Breitbart News launches a California push

breitbart-california-logo.jpg Breitbart CA will be about "stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment." Plus more.

AG Kamala Harris engaged to Los Angeles lawyer

kamala-harris-paul-chinn-sfc.jpg Douglas Emhoff went to USC law school, Harris to UC's Hastings College of Law. Both are 49 and have not divulged a date.

Letterman says he'll retire, and Garcetti jumps quickly (video)

letterman-grab.jpg David Letterman announces he will step down in 2015 and quips he always knew "when this show stops being fun, I will retire 10 years later."

Birotte appointed to federal court bench

Andre-Birotte-108.jpg President Barack Obama today nominated U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. to be a judge on the U.S. District Court

Mayor saddles up in Chatsworth like the mayors before him

garcetti-englander-on-horse.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti rode on a Chatsworth trail ride with other electeds this weekend — it's kind of a tradition for LA City Hall politicians. Photos inside.

Garcetti interview: The mayor as urban policy wonk

la-mag-garcetti-bkfst.jpg Los Angeles Magazine is posting the full video this week of a breakfast session with Mayor Eric Garcetti held last week at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. He chats in the free-flowing interview with editor Mary Melton.

Fielding to retire as head of LA County public health

Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's high-profile director of public health, this morning announced his retirement from the post. Fielding says in a statement that he will go back to his position at UCLA, where his name is on the Fielding School of Public Health.

State Sen. Leland Yee arrested in public corruption case

leland-yee-arrested-kpix.jpg The San Francisco area lawmaker, a Democrat running for Secretary of State, is due in federal court for arraignment right about now. Yee was arrested this morning along with a shadowy San Francisco figure known as "Shrimp Boy" during raids by the FBI and others.

Friday politics notes: Supes, sheriff, more

The morning's news includes an obituary of Ron Smith, the mostly Republican political candidate who ran big campaigns in Los Angeles, San Francisco and statewide.

Dueling debates in supervisor race

Thumbnail image for warren-olney-2007-marc-goldstein.jpg Warren Olney gets the party started at tonight's SPJ event. Next week it's the Press Club.

Sheila Kuehl fundraiser is playing the Dobie Gillis card

Maynard-G-krebs-denver.jpg An April 5 fundraiser for Board of Supervisors candidate Sheila Kuehl is billed as "A Night at the Movies with Zelda" — and the contribution levels are right out of her old show, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."

CA Democratic Party convention

LAO__dems.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed. Gary Leonard archive....

Rep. Becerra: Resistance to immigration reform is about change

becerra-lamag-grab.jpg Los Angeles Magazine continues its series of "Big Shots" interviews by Giselle Fernandez with Rep. Xavier Becerra, who says the lack of immigration reform in Congress is frustrating but is not due to racism.
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Three amigos
buscaino-englander-ofarrell-dc.jpg City Council members Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander and Mitch O'Farrell wait to meet with Rep. Adam Schiff in Washington. Photo: Branimir Kvartuc/LA15th.com
City Council at large
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Five members of the Los Angeles City Council pose at Pike Place Market — in Seattle. Here's why
Garcetti photobombs Aja Brown
garcetti-brown-young-dems.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti and Compton's new mayor were honored by the LA County Young Democrats. "I just couldn't resist this #photobomb opportunity," Garcetti posted on Facebook.
Nury Martinez
nury-martinez-campaign.jpgElected to the City Council from CD6. More
Kevin James gets City Hall plum
james-garcetti-on-phones.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti names his key backer (and former critic from the right) to the Board of Public Works. Story
More Hollywood towers
palladium-towers-curbed.jpgThese would rise in the parking lots around the Hollywood Palladium near Sunset and Vine. Read more
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