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March 4, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - When historians write about 21st century Los Angeles, they'll probably observe that Eric Garcetti was the second Spanish-speaking L.A. mayor in a row to make an official visit to the Mexican capital. They may also note how trips such as his trade mission this week reflected the increasingly intimate cultural and economic ties between Los Angeles and its sister megalopolis to the south. But some of the subtleties of the experience may be lost to posterity if it is not also noted that Garcetti, like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks a version of the language that, for lack of a more scientific term, might be called Funky American Business Spanish.
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, paid an unexpected visit to Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, wandering the marble hallways in search of Mayor Eric Garcetti or anyone willing to sit down with him. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," he said brightly, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away. Garcetti is in Mexico this week, hoping to drum up business on his first international trip since taking office.
March 3, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Gov. Jerry Brown waded into the Long Beach mayor's race Monday, announcing his endorsement of Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal. With little over a month left in the mayoral primary campaign, Brown's announcement is the latest in a string of high-profile endorsements in the crowded contest. Bob Foster, the city's current mayor, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom threw their support behind City Councilman Robert Garcia last week.  Former Gov. George Deukmejian, considered a godfather of sorts in Long Beach politics, has endorsed Long Beach City College Trustee Doug Otto.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - When Councilman Kevin Faulconer raises his hand Monday and is sworn in as mayor, he will take over the final 33 months of Bob Filner's scandal-shortened tenure. But in political terms the key number is not 33, but 20, or maybe 24 - the number of months before Faulconer, a Republican, will need to begin campaigning for a second term. Historically, that has not been a problem here. No San Diego mayor has been denied reelection since a Democrat lost in 1971 - one mayor, a Republican, was even reelected while he was fighting corruption charges that ultimately drove him from office.
March 1, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed. "I don't think I was supposed to answer that," he said, cracking a smile. Carey Davis didn't hide the fact that he doesn't yet know his way around City Hall. If anything, the 61-year-old accountant sees his status as a political newcomer as an advantage as he takes the helm of a deeply troubled city.
February 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Amid the ongoing legal fights over same-sex marriage and the growing acceptance of homosexuals and their rights, there remains an area where gay participation remains controversial: the annual rite of spring known as the St. Patrick's Day parade. In major cities, and in many smaller ones, the parade is a celebration and acceptance of Irish culture and social power. Yet in recent years, it has also been the arena for protest over whether gays should be allowed to participate as a clearly identified group.
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
February 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that he plans to name Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman to succeed Chief Bill Lansdowne, who is set to retire Monday after 10 years heading the San Diego Police Department. Zimmerman, 54, has been with the San Diego department for 31 years. She is a graduate of Ohio State University. She will be the first woman to be chief in department history. Her selection was immediately praised by Acting Mayor Todd Gloria, Dist. Atty.
February 26, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Another Republican is throwing his hat into the ring to try to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount, who was first elected to office in 2012 and is known for his elaborate annual Christmas lights display, filed paperwork with the state last week declaring his intention to run for governor. In a video posted online, Blount describes moving to California with $17 in his pocket, creating a software company, raising a family and putting on the Christmas display at their home that draws thousands of visitors every year.
February 25, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
The mayor of Santa Ana's vote in favor of offering a local business an exclusive city contract after swapping a piece of property with the owner is troubling, said a UC San Diego professor. "It does raise the question about whether there was a quid pro quo," said political science professor Steven Erie. "It makes you wonder whether the swap predisposed or set him up to support the later vote. " As part of his real estate transaction, Mayor Miguel Pulido also purchased a Westminster home from the auto parts business owner for about $230,000 below fair market value, according to property records.
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