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February 26, 2013
A year and a month is hardly enough time on which to base an adequate assessment of a City Council member, but in the case of Joe Buscaino, it will have to do. Buscaino was elected in January 2012 to finish out what was left of the term of Janice Hahn, who left when voters elected her to fill a vacancy in Congress. In his 13 months in office, Buscaino has done well enough, learning his way around not just City Hall but also the rest of the 15th District outside his native San Pedro: Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Watts and a piece of South Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
Frustrated by the lack of federal data on electronic cigarettes, the debate among Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday over whether to restrict their use quickly turned personal. Members of the council -- which ultimately voted to treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces -- recounted their own experiences and struggles with smoking, adding to a passionate debate at the hearing. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who pushed for the new restrictions, recalled his days breathing secondhand smoke as a waiter in a downtown restaurant.
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OPINION
December 26, 2011
Citizens should vote, even if they're not wild about the choices they face. It's not merely a matter of paying one's democratic dues. Voting gives people a stake in their government and sends a message to elected officials that their constituents are paying attention. All residents have a right to the services that government provides and a right to be heard, but voters have a particular degree of moral and pragmatic clout with a politician that nonvoters lack. At election time, we on The Times' editorial page do our best to stand in the shoes of the voter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations that would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes, after one of the most personal debates to be heard on the council floor in years. On a 14-0 vote, lawmakers outlawed "vaping" -- the practice of inhaling the vapors produced by e-cigarettes -- in most work sites and many public places, including parks and certain beaches. Lawmakers voted to continue allowing e-cigarette use in so-called vaping lounges, where patrons can try the various e-juices that are loaded into the battery-powered devices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2011 | Kate Linthicum and Ricardo Lopez
A special visitor showed up at Joe Buscaino's celebratory election-night party in San Pedro on Tuesday night. It was Rep. Janice Hahn, the former Los Angeles councilwoman whose 15th District seat Buscaino is hoping to win in a runoff election in January. "You're going to go all the way," Hahn told Buscaino, before posing with him for pictures. A Los Angeles Police Department officer with no political experience, Buscaino was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's special election, earning 29.1% of the 16,440 votes cast -- a turnout of about 16% of the district's registered voters, according to city officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A police officer with no political experience and a seasoned state legislator appeared headed for a runoff in Tuesday's special election to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, according to early returns. Los Angeles Police Officer Joe Buscaino and state Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena) were battling for the top spot in the 15th Council District, which takes in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway and Watts. They were trailed by a tight pack of several other contenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
When Police Officer Joe Buscaino is sworn onto the Los Angeles City Council in the coming weeks, he'll have plenty of cops for company. Four of the lawmakers on the 15-member council will either be former police officers or current reserve officers. The cop bloc includes onetime Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks; former motorcycle officer Dennis Zine; and Reserve Officer Mitchell Englander. Buscaino, a 15-year veteran of the force who plans to become a reserve officer, won the seat vacated by Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro)
OPINION
May 18, 2012
Re "Business ties to City Hall wane," May 12 The article missed the mark. Business is an aggressive advocate at City Hall and actively engaged in city elections. On Jan. 17, Joe Buscaino trounced the candidate backed by the County Federation of Labor in the race for City Council District 15. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce's JOBS PAC vigorously backed Buscaino, providing $82,000 to support him. In 2011, in the much closer reelection of Councilman Bernard C. Parks, the JOBS PAC provided critical independent expenditure funding for mailers and phone calls.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As Wendy Greuel strives to gain an edge in the mayoral race, her campaign staff has undergone a major shake-up, with the replacement of her campaign manager and the departure of at least four members of her staff. On Sunday, the controller picked up the endorsement of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, backing that could help Greuel pick up support among African Americans, a coveted voting bloc. She also announced the backing of former state Assemblyman George Nakano.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Is there a better symbol of Los Angeles' mismanagement than its miles and miles of sidewalks broken, buckled and twisted by tree roots? These concrete chasms and mini-mountains have made many of L.A.'s walkways nearly impassable for people in wheelchairs or those pushing strollers or those who are less sure-footed. Yet the mayor and City Council have consistently punted on long-term, politically difficult decisions required to address the problem, and their inaction costs taxpayers about $4 million a year to settle trip-and-fall lawsuits.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Is there a better symbol of Los Angeles' mismanagement than its miles and miles of sidewalks broken, buckled and twisted by tree roots? These concrete chasms and mini-mountains have made many of L.A.'s walkways nearly impassable for people in wheelchairs or those pushing strollers or those who are less sure-footed. Yet the mayor and City Council have consistently punted on long-term, politically difficult decisions required to address the problem, and their inaction costs taxpayers about $4 million a year to settle trip-and-fall lawsuits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Citing a recent study that said L.A.'s roads are the worst in the country , Rep. Janice Hahn on Tuesday called for Congress to find other ways to fully fund the nation's deteriorating network of roadways. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana has the highest percentage of roads in poor condition of any U.S. urban area, the analysis found. About 64% of roads in Southern California are in poor condition. Nationally, more than one-quarter of major roads are in substandard condition, according to a recent analysis of federal roadway data, which costs drivers about $80 billion annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The roads in greater Los Angeles are the most deteriorated in the United States, which costs Southern California drivers more than $800 a year, according to a national transportation analysis released Thursday. Los Angeles-Santa Ana-Long Beach ranks first among cities with more than 500,000 residents for the percentage of roads in poor condition, according to TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that studies transportation data and issues. According to the study, about 64% of roads in greater Los Angeles are in poor condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to further explore a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged city streets. City staff will report back in 45 days on a proposed property tax increase, which would have homeowners pay about 1% of the value of their home over 29 years. (For example, a $350,000 house would see $3,500 more in taxes over 29 years, or about $121 more each year.) That revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson was easily reelected president of the city's lawmaking body for two more years, cementing his status as one of the region's most powerful elected officials. Wesson, who has been council president for the last 18 months, won on a 13-0 vote Tuesday. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who tangled with Wesson during last year's redistricting process, was not in the room. But Wesson's other colleagues heaped praise on the former speaker of the state Assembly.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As Wendy Greuel strives to gain an edge in the mayoral race, her campaign staff has undergone a major shake-up, with the replacement of her campaign manager and the departure of at least four members of her staff. On Sunday, the controller picked up the endorsement of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, backing that could help Greuel pick up support among African Americans, a coveted voting bloc. She also announced the backing of former state Assemblyman George Nakano.
OPINION
January 7, 2013
There is already a proposed county parcel tax for storm water cleanup headed toward a special ballot this spring, and a city sales tax proposal on the coming March 5 ballot. Now, Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino are proposing a street repair bond for the May election. It would add an average of $24 to the typical home's annual property tax bill for 20 years and would, the proponents say, raise the money needed to address a 60-year repair backlog. It's hard to get excited about yet another fee to pay for services already expected of city government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson was easily reelected president of the city's lawmaking body for two more years, cementing his status as one of the region's most powerful elected officials. Wesson, who has been council president for the last 18 months, won on a 13-0 vote Tuesday. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who tangled with Wesson during last year's redistricting process, was not in the room. But Wesson's other colleagues heaped praise on the former speaker of the state Assembly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Five current and former state lawmakers were pulling ahead in their races for Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, raising the possibility that nearly a majority of the council's 15 seats could be controlled by ex-Sacramento veterans. With partial results in races across the city, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) was leading in a west San Fernando Valley contest to replace Councilman Dennis Zine. Former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes held a majority of the vote in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where Councilman Richard Alarcon will step down this summer.
OPINION
February 26, 2013
A year and a month is hardly enough time on which to base an adequate assessment of a City Council member, but in the case of Joe Buscaino, it will have to do. Buscaino was elected in January 2012 to finish out what was left of the term of Janice Hahn, who left when voters elected her to fill a vacancy in Congress. In his 13 months in office, Buscaino has done well enough, learning his way around not just City Hall but also the rest of the 15th District outside his native San Pedro: Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Watts and a piece of South Los Angeles.
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