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February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday reignited a debate after proposing rules that would speed up and streamline union elections, a move business groups immediately opposed. The NLRB, divided along party lines, faces a battle with business groups over the rules, previously proposed in 2011 and invalidated by a court ruling, that would allow for electronic filing of election petitions, include telephone numbers and email addresses in voter lists and consolidate election-related appeals.
February 5, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Voters in San Bernardino elected a political newcomer and certified public accountant as mayor of the bankrupt city. Carey Davis was chosen Tuesday to take the helm at a particularly rough moment for San Bernardino, leaving him to wrestle with crime problems and the loss of businesses, as well as the issues that contributed to the bankruptcy, such as the city's costly pension obligations and an evaporating tax base.  Davis received 56% of...
February 4, 2014 | By Harold Meyerson
New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common. Each city suffers from income polarization, a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector. Each is heavily Democratic and is home to an effective labor-liberal political alliance. Each elected a progressive Democrat as its mayor. So why are the agendas of the two cities' mayors shaping up so differently? Part of the reason is the elections that brought them to power. The issues that loomed largest in the two cities' mayoral contests could scarcely have been more different.
February 4, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County labor leaders expressed outrage that a former political aide who was convicted of election fraud now has oversight of the county's office of voter registration. Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny, who pleaded guilty to an election fraud charge in 1996, was recently given authority over the department tasked with running elections. Labor leaders are now asking that Denny be reassigned. In an email to county supervisors this week, Orange County Employees Assn.
February 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A former left-wing guerrilla leader held a wide lead in El Salvador's presidential race Sunday night, but it was unclear whether Salvador Sanchez Ceren could avoid a runoff. With 57% of the ballots tallied, Sanchez Ceren, the vice president of El Salvador, had a bit more than 49% of the vote. If he draws more than 50%, he will avoid a runoff provisionally scheduled for March 9. Norman Quijano, a former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, came in second, with 38% of the vote.
February 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez stood and applauded when acting Mayor Todd Gloria, in his state of the city address, proposed raising the minimum wage in San Diego beyond the scheduled statewide increases. Councilman Kevin Faulconer, Alvarez's opponent in the Feb. 11 election, remained seated, hands folded in his lap. He later told reporters that raising the minimum wage could be bad for business and lead to elimination of jobs. Differences over economic issues illustrate the divide between Alvarez, a Democrat, and Faulconer, a Republican, as the hurry-up campaign to find a successor to the disgraced Bob Filner enters its final stretch with prickly debates and dueling TV commercials.
February 1, 2014 | Wire reports
Peyton Manning's record-setting season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL most valuable player award Saturday night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three. Denver's record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning won MVP awards with Indianapolis in 2003, '04, '08 and '09. He was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson . Manning, who will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, sent his father to pick up the award.
February 1, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadorans vote Sunday in a presidential election that may give former leftist rebels a second chance at government - or return national leadership to the right-wing party that ruled the country for two decades. Opinion surveys have shown an extremely tight race, especially with the entrance of a new third party run by a former conservative president with family members tied to notorious corruption cases. More than 20 years after the end of a civil war in which more than 75,000 people were killed, choices remain stark in El Salvador, the tiny Central American country that, after Mexico, is the leading source of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Southern California.
February 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- The 2014 money chase is in full swing in a number of key California Assembly races, according to campaign finance reports filed this week that offer a preview of the battleground districts that will be decisive in the Democrats' campaign to preserve their supermajority. In one closely-watched race, the Democratic incumbent, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, lags slightly behind one Republican challenger, Young Kim, a staffer in the district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
January 31, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Henry Waxman has been elected to Congress 20 times, to serve 40 years. He became an Atlas to House Democrats and of the California delegation, shouldering power in a system that rewards many things, including tenure - or tenacity, which in D.C. can be the same thing. Now, he says he has run his last congressional race . His longevity and his forcefulness made him a major Capitol Hill player who left a significant mark on public policy. He brought the tobacco lobby to heel, helped enact the healthcare overhaul and has kept climate and environmental issues on the front burner.
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