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March 25, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
A Los Angeles County judge signaled Tuesday that Department of Water and Power union chief Brian D'Arcy will have to turn over records showing how two nonprofit trusts he co-directs used $40 million in ratepayer money. D'Arcy has been locked in a political and legal struggle over control of the financial information since September, following a Times report that managers at the utility had only scant information on how the money was spent. In January, City Controller Ron Galperin issued a subpoena to D'Arcy and the nonprofits demanding that they turn over internal ledgers and bank records covering the last five years.
March 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Consumers are more optimistic about the economy than they've been in years, and that could help heat up the recovery after a deep winter chill. A closely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged this month to its highest level in more than six years. The report by the Conference Board on Tuesday added to indications that some weak economic data in recent months were caused by unusually bad weather and were not a harbinger of a more protracted slowdown. "Consumer confidence made significant progress in March, indicating that the winter economic blues … are somewhat behind us," said Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics at IHS Global Insight.
March 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Consider this hypothetical situation. You're Joe Blow, an off-duty cop, and you've had too much to drink. Things begin getting out of hand just short of 2 a.m., at a saloon. Some guy's dancing with your wife and you don't like it. You give him a shove. A bouncer takes you outside. But you get into it with the guy you shoved as he's leaving the bar. You pull a .45 out of your pocket. You begin to drive away, but you're stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Then you use a slur to describe the black man with whom you scuffled, tell the deputy you're drunk and refuse a sobriety test.
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
March 25, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Peter Taylor, the UC system's chief financial officer and executive vice president, said Tuesday that he is leaving the university to run a Los Angeles-based education foundation that will focus on helping low- income students succeed in K-12 schools and college. Taylor, who was with the university headquarters for five years and was credited with helping UC weather the state financial crisis, will become president in April of a $150-million foundation being funded by the Educational Credit Management Corp.
March 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint Assistant Auditor Controller John Naimo as interim head of the county's audit department. Current Auditor-Controller Wendy Watanabe is retiring after 25 years with the county. She was appointed head auditor-controller in 2009, making her the first woman to hold the position. The department is tasked with monitoring and administering the county's $25-billion budget, including setting fiscal policies, administering the county's payroll, apportioning property taxes, auditing county departments and vendors, and conducting fraud investigations.
March 24, 2014 | Joel Rubin
Shaun Hillmann's career as a Los Angeles police officer appeared to be over after he was caught on tape outside a bar uttering a racial slur, and later denied it to his superiors. High-ranking police officials recommended that Hillmann be fired, according to internal LAPD records. A disciplinary board agreed, voting unanimously in January that he should be kicked off the force. Police Chief Charlie Beck decided otherwise, sparing the career of an officer whose father and uncle worked for the department.
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A member of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle and a veteran labor union lobbyist has been recruited to run California's troubled Employment Development Department. Patrick William Henning has been serving as the governor's chief deputy appointments secretary since 2011. Now he faces a bigger challenge: turning around a massive 8,800-person bureaucracy that runs the state's unemployment and disability insurance programs and labor statistics services. The vast department also collects a variety of payroll taxes, making it one of the largest tax collection agencies in the nation.
March 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The head of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers had been uncompromising since early December,  when a judge ordered him to turn over some evidence. So uncompromising that he made a meal of evidence. But first some background: A defense attorney in Miami had wanted to read the tip given to Crime Stoppers that led to his client's arrest on suspicion of cocaine possession. The Crime Stoppers' boss, a former police chief, finally decided to follow a court order and brought in a printout of the anonymous tip last week.
March 17, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles' top budget official Monday advised city leaders to resist the temptation to expand services, saying they should work instead toward eliminating a recurring deficit by 2018. In a 37-page report, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said a rebounding economy and greater stability in the city's finances have created new pressure to add or expand local government. He recommended that council members focus on initiatives to stabilize the budget, such as reducing entry-level city salaries and securing new healthcare concessions from the workforce.
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