| Dec 31, 2011
| 5:39 PM
Local lawmakers plan to tackle a variety of issues in 2012, not the least of which may be campaigning for re-election.
Prominent U.S. Congressional Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) will be facing off against each...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 11:18 AM
The Legislature should not authorize the issuance of $6 billion in bonds to start building California's $98.5-billion bullet train project, a state-appointed review panel says in a key report to be released later Tuesday.
The conclusion by the California...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Glendale and Burbank school districts will absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars in state-mandated cuts to student busing to ensure that transportation services won’t be interrupted, their superintendents said this week.
Gov. Jerry Brown last...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 7:48 AM
The state agency attempting to build California's proposed bullet train blasted an independent review panel’s report that recommends the Legislature not approve issuing $2.7 billion in bonds to partly pay for the first section of track in the...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 7:51 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown was right on track when he told reporters at his budget unveiling that "We've got to bite the bullet."
It was the perfect choice of a word. But, of course, Brown didn't mean "bullet" the way I wanted him to.
Brown was talking about...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 10:08 PM
Depending on which side of the Great Divide you’re on, unions — especially public employee unions — should be abolished or the bankers and corporate CEOs should be locked up in jail and the keys thrown away.
Maybe we have been at war so...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 6:08 AM
Reporting from Sacramento -- As the clock ticks toward the Feb. 1 deadline to begin dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, state lawmakers are scrambling to answer the contentious question of how the state can help cities subsidize private...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 2:32 PM
Local school officials say they are preparing to temporarily absorb approximately $2 million in costs for mental health services rendered to school-aged children that previously were covered by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
| Jan 22, 2012
Sooner or later, the bills come due in all our lives — even in the lives of government agencies.
Just ask the people who bought a house they couldn't afford or city officials who got addicted over the years to draining vast amounts of tax dollars...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 5:53 PM
Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and his colleague, Judy Chu, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to seek a federal disaster declaration for the area raked by the powerful windstorm that hit late last year.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already...
| Dec 4, 2011
The Glendale High School music program has long operated on a tight budget, held together in part by a $75 instrument rental fee that director Amy Rangel stretched to fund equipment repairs and other expenses.
The more than 100 students who borrow...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Canada Flintridge) on Tuesday called for Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the San Gabriel Valley, stemming from a severe wind storm Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and resulting power outages that still...