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March 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials agreed Wednesday to pursue a parallel track for redeveloping the city's Convention Center in the event that Anschutz Entertainment Group and the National Football League fail to reach agreement on the Farmers Field stadium downtown. Jan Perry, chair of a special City Council committee overseeing the AEG deal, said she remains hopeful that the city can continue to work with the entertainment giant in both drawing an NFL franchise and building the stadium in the L.A. Live area.
March 28, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans are open to an overhaul of the nation's immigration system, including creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a new report on voter attitudes in two states with early presidential contests. According to a Republican research group , recent discussions with Republican voters in Iowa and South Carolina indicated that conservatives are inclined to support the party's involvement in fixing immigration and may well reward potential presidential candidates, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who have taken a prominent role in that effort.
March 27, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
A final tally for the March 5 primary in Los Angeles, released Tuesday night, found that nearly 21% of registered voters in the city cast ballots. All of the preliminary results were confirmed in contests for mayor, City Council seats and other offices. The city clerk's office reported that 377,881 voters cast ballots in the city -- 20.8% of the 1.8 million registered voters. Many civic leaders have lamented the low turnout. City officials are considering switching its elections to the same day as state or federal elections in an effort to draw more voter participation.
March 27, 2013 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Gordon Stoker, the lead tenor in the Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Alan, told the Associated Press. He was 88. Stoker joined the Jordanaires in 1950, two years after they formed in Missouri. He originally played piano for the group. They caught the attention of Presley in the mid-1950s when they performed with Eddy Arnold at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. When Presley burst onto the national scene in 1956 on Steve Allen's TV show, Stoker and the Jordanaires were with him. They also sang on the original New York RCA studios recordings of "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and other hits.
March 19, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Mark Sanford took a big step on the road to political redemption Tuesday, topping a large field of Republican candidates in the special election for a South Carolina congressional seat. A onetime rising star in the GOP, Sanford sidetracked his career with an extramarital affair that became an international sensation. But in his first race since leaving the governor's office two years ago, he finished far ahead of 15 Republican primary opponents, with almost three times as many votes as his nearest competitor.
March 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Pleitez, the long-shot Los Angeles mayoral candidate who received a scant 4% of the primary vote despite an inspiring personal story, endorsed former rival Eric Garcetti on Saturday afternoon. The former technology executive, who touted his humble beginnings as he courted the Latino vote during the primary campaign, said Garcetti, a city councilman, shared his passion for making sure all Angelenos had a voice. "I ran for mayor because I care deeply about this city, and you know this city is where my family came for opportunity like so many other families from other countries [and]
March 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Kevin James' Los Angeles mayoral bid may have fallen short, but the long-shot candidate's third-place finish has given him newfound clout in the runoff between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Eyeing the nearly 47,000 voters who supported James, both Democrats are actively seeking the Republican attorney's imprimatur. James had a two-hour dinner with City Councilman Garcetti last Saturday at Pace restaurant in Laurel Canyon. The previous day, he met for an hour and a half with City Controller Greuel in his Century City law office.
March 9, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Defeated Los Angeles mayoral candidate Jan Perry warned Friday that electing a city chief executive too beholden to public employee unions could leave the city vulnerable to being "flipped over on its back, flailing, while a few insiders get what they want. " Perry, whose endorsement in the May runoff election could be significant, was aiming her remarks at City Controller Wendy Greuel, who benefited from heavy financial support from organized labor on her way to a second-place finish in Tuesday's primary.
March 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
The day after Eric Garcetti won a spot in the May runoff for Los Angeles mayor, the city councilman turned his focus to African Americans in South Los Angeles, campaigning in Leimert Park with comedian D.L. Hughley. "In too many of our communities, especially communities of color, we still have way too much crime," Garcetti told the audience. "We still have too many gunshots, too few opportunities for our young people. " A day later, Garcetti rival Wendy Greuel, the city controller, announced that one of the city's premier black clergymen, Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray, was backing her. "Chip Murray has redefined what it means to be a faith leader in Los Angeles," she said of the former pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
March 7, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Seema Mehta and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The vote counting isn't finished, but Los Angeles' surviving mayoral candidates have already moved on to a monumental new task: replenishing their campaign treasuries for the final and most intense phase of the campaign. When the polls closed Tuesday, the campaigns were effectively broke. City ethics rules prohibit candidates from carrying over funds from the March primary and soliciting new money before they made the runoff. For City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, that means quickly refocusing on a breakneck, behind-the-scenes race to rake in thousands of donations limited by city law to $1,300 or less.
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