| Sep 29, 2012
| 2:14 PM
With the deadline for signing legislation into law upon Gov. Jerry Brown, local state lawmakers this week were able to claim early success in getting their own bills past his desk.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) had eight bills signed before the...
| Dec 4, 2011
Calling a Sacramento County Superior Court judge’s ruling this week “pretty clear,” a spokesman for Assembly Speaker John Perez said the state probably won’t appeal an order to release spending records for individual lawmakers....
| Dec 4, 2011
Events in recent days — from the eviction of Occupy L.A. protesters from the grounds of Los Angeles City Hall to the open-records lawsuit inspired by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s defiance of his party’s leadership — have...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 11:49 AM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) — faced with being termed out of office next year — is seeking the endorsements of two local Democratic organizations for a run at state Sen. Carol Liu’s seat in a newly redrawn...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 4:22 PM
A matchup between Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and state Sen. Carol Liu is probably the last thing the region’s Democrats want to deal with for the 2012 election.
Both are popular in their respective constituencies, and they are longtime allies....
| Dec 13, 2011
| 6:19 PM
Hometown Heroes were honored by the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday, Dec. 7, a day that marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Appropriately, veterans were among those honored at the Oakmont...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:38 PM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) — struggling to find his political footing in a changing landscape of legislative districts — is moving into a gray area, stuck between a potential congressional bid and what would be...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 8:16 AM
Local lawmakers expressed frustrationthis week that Gov. Jerry Brown ordered $1 billion in mid-year cuts, pointing to the move as proof of the inability of Democratic and Republican legislators to work together.
Among the cuts triggered by lower-than-...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 4:49 PM
The fast-approaching year is already looking to be a bumpy one.
Without a redevelopment agency, local officials will have to re-evaluate plans for future projects and rethink how to keep pace with the demand for affordable housing.
| 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 6, 2012
| 12:01 PM
City Council members in South Pasadena made it clear this week that they want their voices heard in a new study of the proposed Long Beach (710) freeway extension as they push regional transportation officials to kill a possible surface route.
| Jan 10, 2012
| 8:29 AM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) has authored a bill that would expand protections from workplace retaliation to legislative workers who blow the whistle on government fraud and abuse.
Legislative staffers were exempted from...