Politics and governing

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Allan Hoffenblum, 75, leading California political consultant

allan-hoffenblum-mug.jpg Hoffenblum was a Republican strategist who created the nonpartisan and respected California Target Book.

First person: Goodbye to all that

joel-bellman-fb.jpg The dean of communications pros at the county Hall of Administration takes his leave.

John Myers named Sacramento bureau chief for LA Times*

john-myers-twitter.jpg Read the memo: Myers is the California political and government editor at KQED in the Bay Area and a longtime Sacramento media hand.

Carla Marinucci to Politico from SF Chronicle

carla-marinucci-twitter.jpg She will launch the California Playbook, Politico's west coast edition of Mike Allen's Playbook. "Within weeks," Politico says.

Garcetti's homeless challenge

bill-300.jpg After months embracing some of the most punitive anti-homeless laws in the country, Los Angeles city hall has unexpectedly shown a measure of compassion.

Union Rescue Mission CEO loses use of legs to infections

andy-bales-aron.jpg Andy Bales caught the trifecta of Skid Row infections — E. coli, strep and staph — and now uses a wheelchair. "Conditions on Skid Row are worse than they have ever been…"

#Mayor_of_Instagram opening at Gary Leonard's gallery

airforceone-by-garcetti.jpg A show of Eric Garcetti's social media photos opens downtown on Saturday and runs through Oct. 31.

Future of Cities event coming in October

bojarsky-event-alcornpan.jpg That June gathering of power players and civic activists at Tony Pritzker's home is going public with a discussion event at LACMA.

Son of Rick Caruso wins the Republican debate

Gregory-Caruso-cnn.jpg Gregory Caruso was the unflinching young guy sitting just left of Jake Tapper and creating a lot of social media buzz.

Los Angeles and the rise of urban ecology

mcdonald cover.jpg LA missed the new economy. Let's not miss the new urban ecology.

LA Times tries a daily politics newsletter

sign-up-page-lat.jpg Essential Politics so far looks as if it will aggregate Times coverage of the presidential campaign and other politics news, with some narrative and analysis tying items together.

Friday news and notes: End-of-week desk clearing

biker-guardian.jpg Media moves, crime politics, fires, LA bike gangs observed and much more.

Dylan Byers, Politico's man in LA, jumps to CNN

dylan-byers-twitter.jpg Byers will be the senior reporter for media and politics at CNNMoney and CNN Politics.

Cops and prosecutors oppose parole for Voltaire Williams

voltaire-williams-cdc.jpg In early August we published a blogger piece about Williams, convicted in the murder of Los Angeles police officer Thomas Williams in 1985.

Nice day for a City Hall media op -- at the beach

annenberg-beach-pool2.jpg Mayor Garcetti and Council President Wesson will talk about the City Council's Olympics vote way out in Santa Monica.

Monday news and notes: Lots of catching up

la-river-main-st-bridge.jpg Items include Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Daniele Watts, Eric Garcetti, Frank Gehry, Aja Brown, Wes Craven, Serena Wlliams, Jessica Mendoza, Claudia Puig and more.

Another Garcetti press aide leaves the staff

jeff-millman-twitter.jpg Jeff Millman is going to work for the effort preparing LA's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Uber gets almost-green light to pick up at LAX

LAX-terminal2-parking.jpg The City Council says OK but there are some official hurdles still to jump.

News and notes: Rare Tuesday edition

lamag-bestofla.jpg Politics and media moves. New homeless numbers. Stephen Colbert's guests. NYT newsletters. Kirk and Anne Douglas will give it away. And more.

Garcetti takes prop desk outside to sign traffic order

garcetti-desk-left-conan.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday signed an executive order ordering departments to report back with ways to reduce traffic deaths in Los Angeles -- to zero.
Drill down
Bill Boyarsky
In case you missed it
LaBonge signs off
labonge-last-day.jpgTom LaBonge's final moments at the City Council horseshoe (with Gary Leonard in the background.) Photo: Branimir Kvartuc.
Villaraigosa's new crib
villaraigosa-home.jpgFormer mayor buys a $2.5 million contemporary in Beachwood Canyon.
Villaraigosa opts out of the 2016 race
villaraigosa-with-teachers-fb.jpgHe won't take on Kamala Harris. Read up
1939 LA County org chart
county-org-chart-1939.jpgLos Angeles was a much different place then. Bigger
City officials at Great Wall
china-great-wall.jpgMayor Garcetti at China's Great Wall with City Council members Joe Buscaino, Mike Bonin, Curren Price and Gilbert Cedillo. Bigger
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

Selected links on politics and governing
Media sites
California Watch
Capital Notes
Capitol Alert
Capitol Weekly
Daily Breeze
Downtown News
KFI News
KNX 1070
La Opinion
LA Weekly
L.A. Channel 36
L.A. Daily News
L.A. Cityview 35
L.A. Times
Metro Investment Report
Pasadena Star News
Politics Now
Prop Zero
Rough & Tumble
Sacramento Bee
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The California Report
The Planning Report
The Roundup
Steve Lopez
PIlar Marrero
Rick Orlov
Betty Pleasant
Gregory Rodriguez
George Skelton
Dan Walters
Soo Youn
Emily Green
Marc Cooper
Brian Doherty
Editorial pages
L.A. Times
Daily News
Daily Breeze
La Opinión
Accountable California
Around the Capitol
Alan Barcelona
Big Hollywood
Kenneth Burt
California Majority

California Progress

Jasmyne Cannick
Ginny Case
Courage Campaign
Daily Kos
Daryl Cagle
Copyrights & Campaigns
Peter Dreier
Kevin Drum
Drumwaster's Rants Flashreport
Fox & Hounds
Friendly Fire
Edward Headington
Hugh Hewitt
High Speed Rail Blog
Victoria Rierdan Hurley
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Jews Choose
Erin Aubry Kaplan
Mickey Kaus
Ron Kaye
La Figa
LA Progressive
Leftovers from City Hall
David Lehrer-Joe Hicks
Liberty Hill
LA City Attorney
Map Light LA
Mayor Sam
Mayor V
Doug McIntyre
Walter Moore
Mike Murphy
New West Notes
OC Watchdog
One Through 42 or 43
Opinion L.A.
Orange County

Orange Punch
Andre Pineda
Political Blotter
Political Sazon
Politics & Society
Politics Now
Polling Report
Red County
Joe Scott
SF Gate politics
SoapBox LA
The Bay Area
The Page
The Usual Suspects
Top of the Ticket Total Buzz
Village to Village
We Are Not Criminals
Jack Weiss
Brady Westwater
Where's Our Money?
Wilshire & Washington
Witness LA
On the air
Deadline L.A.

Hugh Hewitt
John & Ken
LA Observed KCRW
Left Right Center
Larry Mantle
Patt Morrison
News Conference
Warren Olney-TTP
Warren Olney-WWLA
Politics of Culture
SoCal Connected
Tavis Smiley
Jon Wiener
Pat Brown Institute
Claremont Institute
Inst for Justice &

Jesse Unruh Institute
League of Women

Metropolitan Forum

Town Hall LA
Westside Urban Forum
Why Tuesday?
Zocalo Public Square
Residents groups
Argyle Civic Assn.
Arlington Heights NA
Atwater Village RA
Beachwood Canyon NA
Bel-Air Assn.
Bel Air Ridge HOA
Benedict Canyon Assn.
Benedict Hills Estates HOA
Brentwood Hills HOA
Brentwood HOA
Brentwood Park POA
Bull Creek Pocket
Comstock Hills HOA
Country Club Park NA
Crestview NA
Crestwood Hills Assn
The Eagle Rock Association
Franklin Hills RA
Friends of Atwater Village
Glassell Park IA
Hillside Federation
Hilltop Neighbors Assn.
Hollywood Dell CA
Hollywood Knolls
Holmby Hills HOA
La Tuna Canyon CA
Lake View Terrace IA
Lincoln Corridor
  Commty Watch

Lincoln Park View NW
Los Feliz IA
Mandeville Canyon Assn.
Mar Vista NA
Marina Peninsula NA
Miracle Mile RA
Montecito Heights IA
Monterey Hills Fed.
Mt. Washington Assn.
North Figueroa Assn.
North Westdale NA
Old Granada Hills

Overland Avenue.org
Pacific Palisades RA
Palisades RA of San Pedro
Picfair Village CA
Pico Revitalization Proj.
Residents of Beverly Glen
Silver Lake IA
Silver Lake RA
South Carthay NA
South Shores Nhood
Studio City RA
Sunset Junction NA
Temescal Canyon Assn.
Tract 7260
Upper Mandeville Cyn Assn.
Upper Nichols Cyn NA
Valley Glen NA
Van Buren Place Commty
  Restoration Assn.

Venice Canals RA
West Adams Heights
  Sugar Hill NA

West Adams Heritage Assn.
Westwood Gardens CA
Westside Village HOA
Westwood South of
  Santa Monica

Whitley Heights CA
Windsor Square Assn.
Activist organizations
Alliance for a Livable LA
Arts for L.A.
Ballona Wetlands
  Land Trust

Ban Billboard Blight
Bicycle Coalition
Bike Writers Colleactive
David Bohnett Foundation
Building Industry Assn.
Citizens Comm. to Save
  Elysian Park

Citywide Alliance
  of NCs

Coalition L.A.
Community Coalition SLA
Concerned Citizens of
  South Central

Eagle Rock Beautiful
Enviro Defense Fund
Fix Expo
Four Story
Free Venice
Friends for Expo
Global Green
Grand Avenue Committee
Greater LA African
  American Chamber

Hollywood Hill
Housing LA
Howard Jarvis
  Taxpayers Assn.

Inner City Struggle
Korean Churches for
  Community Development

Lincoln Place
L.A. Alliance for a
  New Economy

L.A. Community
  Action Network

L.A. Community

L.A. Neighborhood
  Housing Services

L.A. Neighborhood

Legal Aid Foundation
Liberty Hill
Light Rail for Cheviot
Multi-Cultural Education

Neighbors for Smart Rail
New Schools,
  Better Neighborhoods

No 2 Home Depot
Northeast Democratic

Northeast LA Network
Our L.A.
Pacoima Beautiful
Police Protective

Save Leimert
Silver Lake Reservoirs

Sunland Tujunga

The City Project
Trust for Public Land
United Streets of

Urban & Environmental
 ' Policy Institute

Watts LCAC

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