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May 19, 2009
One way or another, California will change with the outcome of today's election. The Times supports five of the six special ballot measures as prudent steppingstones to guide the state from its severe and potentially disastrous budget dysfunction. Los Angeles voters also will pick their city attorney and round out their City Council and Community College District board. The Times endorses selectively: Proposition 1A: Yes.
May 17, 2009
Californians face a special election Tuesday amid deep recession, fiscal emergency, voter anger and the latest chapter of an ongoing quandary: Pay more when we can least afford it, or cut essential programs when we need them most? It would be easier to embrace or reject any of the six ballot measures if they answered that question by providing enough money or imposing sufficient cuts to balance the state's budget this year and next. They don't.
May 15, 2009 | David Zahniser and Maeve Reston
In the four years since he became mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has thrown his weight behind an array of politicians and would-be officeholders, working to elect candidates to the school board, the Legislature and even president of the United States. But Tuesday's election may present the greatest test to his clout, as he pushes for his closest ally at City Hall, Councilman Jack Weiss, to defeat former prosecutor Carmen Trutanich in the competitive race for city attorney.
May 11, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The race for Los Angeles city attorney has involved an increasingly bitter exchange of charges between the two candidates. City Councilman Jack Weiss has hammered at his opponent, defense lawyer Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich, for refusing to disclose the names of his law firm's clients. Trutanich has fired back by repeatedly questioning Weiss' ethics.
May 4, 2009
The Times endorsed Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich as the best of five candidates for Los Angeles city attorney in the March election, and we back him in the May 19 runoff.
May 3, 2009 | Jean Merl
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 special election -- which includes a package of statewide measures aimed at easing California's budget crisis. Voter registration forms are available at more than 1,240 locations throughout Los Angeles County, according to Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan. Those locations include DMV offices, public libraries, fire stations, post offices, welfare offices and city clerk's offices. An online registration form also is available at www.lavote.
March 14, 2009 | Chris Foster, ; Staff And Wire Reports
E.J. Woods, a defensive back at UCLA, has been charged with assaulting two female students, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said. Woods, a 19-year-old freshman, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and four counts of battery. He could face up to one year in jail for each sexual battery charge and six months for each battery charge.
March 1, 2009 | David Zahniser
Of the 363 lobbyists who worked the corridors of Los Angeles City Hall last year, no one took the city to court more than Benjamin Reznik. By his own calculation, the veteran land-use lawyer and lobbyist has filed more than 150 lawsuits against the city's boards, commissions and elected officials over the course of his 32-year career, more than any of his peers.
February 28, 2009 | Maeve Reston
When four of the candidates running for Los Angeles city attorney recently debated on the home turf of their chief opponent, City Councilman Jack Weiss, there was no question about whom they were targeting -- or the level of animosity that simmers among some of Weiss' Westside constituents.
February 26, 2009 | Maeve Reston
In the flashy television ad that has served as his calling card to voters, Los Angeles city attorney candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich compressed his 30-year legal career into a narrow sliver: the time he spent prosecuting serious gang crimes. Not mentioned is the mainstay of Trutanich's work: his expertise in environmental law, developed as a young prosecutor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and finessed as a private attorney defending a number of polluters.
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