If you sit down with residents who live in the south L.A. communities of Compton and Willowbrook, there is a good chance clean water would be a topic of conversation. Many are complaining about brown-colored water coming out of their taps and a foul odor. The water in that area is overseen by a relatively unknown agency, which maintains the water is safe to drink. But not everyone is buying that, including one local member of Congress.
California's primary is June 5 and outside of the races for Governor, Senate and Attorney General, there are several local races as well. That includes a reelection bid for Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Governor Jerry Brown says the state has a nearly $9 billion surplus. He has recommended that California save that money for a rainy day. But here in Los Angeles, city leaders think a good chunk of that money should be used immediately to help stem the rise in homelessness.
It's official. LAUSD has named Austin Beutner as its next superintendent. The businessman, former LA Deputy Mayor and publisher of the Times is no stranger to LA or the fire which may be just what the school board is looking for. What Beutner brings to LAUSD and how he'll shape one of the nation's largest school districts.
Almost a fifth of all L-A city employees who responded to a recent survey say they’ve been sexually harassed at work. And most of those who said they had been harassed never reported it to anyone. Those were the findings of an anonymous survey city officials released last week.
The LA Times is moving and a lot of its employees are unhappy. They are concerned about longer commute times and geographic isolation. But as Kevin Roderick of LA Observed explains, its more than just an inconvenience.
L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has declined to file charges against Hollywood writer-director James Toback. That's despite the fact that dozens of women have accused him of sexual misconduct. At the heart of the decision is how long ago those alleged incidents took place. Now, she has another big decision to make about a man named Harvey Weinstein. And a lot of folks are watching.
There is a rather bizarre battle taking place over the future of the L.A. Weekly. And – at the heart of it all – is a debate over facts. The alt-weekly’s new ownership says a group of “deceitful” people are spreading lies about the publication and trying to discredit it. Meanwhile, there’s a call to boycott the paper, by journalists and readers alike, for – what they call – a pattern of unethical behavior.
A bill in Sacramento that would force the construction of much-needed new housing in California is proving to be controversial all over the state, including here in Los Angeles. But city leaders don't seem to support it.
A presidential visit to Los Angeles means two things: big money fundraisers and somehow even slower roads. Where is President Trump finding financial help in an electorate that voted heavily against him in 2016? And no matter the political affiliation, a look at the toll a visit like this takes on L-A drivers.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has been hinting at a presidential run in 2020. But nothing has been confirmed yet. And in the meantime, he is facing a number of challenged at home, from housing to the homeless.
Traffic is bad all across Greater Los Angeles. But things are compounded on the 710. The freeway often looks like a sea of big rig trucks. Transportation officials are proposing a freeway expansion. But residents worry that such a plan will only be a temporary fix.
When most people retire, they depend on their savings and Social Security checks to pay the bills. But for local government employees in California, the picture is a bit different. They take advantage of pension plans that dole out checks which often mirror an employee’s salary. But there’s a growing problem with that system: the amount of unfunded liability is on the rise.