December 8, 2009
It's voting day in Los Angeles' 2nd Council District, which runs from the hills of the northeastern San Fernando Valley to Ventura Boulevard, into the Hollywood Hills and over to the Sepulveda Dam. The victor will fill the vacancy left by former Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, which ends in 2011, then be eligible to run for three full four-year terms. The Times recommends a vote for Christine Essel.
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.
February 11, 2010
The Times has said it repeatedly: The job of lieutenant governor is not vital to the well-being of Californians. But for now there is such a post, it is vacant, and the governor has appointed the capable and moderate Republican Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to fill it. Now Assembly Democrats are trying to block him for reasons that are transparently partisan and self-serving. They should put the interests of the state ahead of their own Machiavellian strategizing and confirm Maldonado.