December 7, 2009
The Times has endorsed former studio executive and city commissioner Christine Essel in Tuesday's 2nd District City Council runoff. We urge voters in that district -- from the hill communities of Lake View Terrace, Sunland and Tujunga, south to the boulevards of Sun Valley, Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Valley Village, and back up into the hills of Sherman Oaks and Studio City -- to go to the polls and vote. And just get it over with. This has been a frustrating and troubling special election season.
December 21, 2009
The final judgment has been entered in the long, messy, costly and frustrating lawsuit between the city attorney and the comptroller. And now that she's lost, Controller Wendy Greuel has the power to let it drop. She shouldn't. Greuel should appeal. That may appear on its face to be a change of position for this page, which in the last year repeatedly called on the parties to settle the suit over the scope of the controller's audit power. But, in fact, we're staying the course.
January 5, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) to be lieutenant governor more than a month ago. The Legislature must soon begin grappling with the governor's budget plan, so it should waste no further time and swiftly confirm Maldonado to the post. Democratic lawmakers might drag their feet on confirming their Republican colleague for several reasons, all of them bad. Perhaps they think they can use the confirmation as a bargaining chip with the governor.
February 17, 2010
It is a ritual for politicians to say they are stepping down to spend more time with their families. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) no doubt looks forward to that pleasure too, but on Monday he offered a different, and compelling, explanation for his decision not to seek a third term: his exasperation with the way hyper-partisanship has sabotaged the legislative process. "For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should," Bayh said. "There is too much partisanship and not enough progress -- too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving.