Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Taking on the minimum-wage debate in L.A.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

  The national debate over minimum-wage increases will take center stage in Los Angeles because two efforts to raise the minimum wage face staunch opposition from the business community. The Los Angeles Business Federation, known as BizFed, went on the offensive last week, coming out stro...

Sen. Villaraigosa?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking for voters to promote him to U.S. senator in 2016. The Times ran an analysis of his pluses and minuses. Basically, his strength is that he's a Latino candidate who could count on Southern California Latino voters in a presidential election year, ...

San Diego mayor leery of subsidizing stadium, sees political risk

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's call for another task force to consider how to build the Chargers a new stadium and keep the NFL team from fleeing to a newly plausible Los Angeles stadium prompted an are-you-kidding-me reaction from the team, which has sought a new stadium for a dozen years. Fa...

Wage laws killing CA jobs

Monday, December 29th, 2014
SEIU fight for 15

  On the day before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its weekly report on new unemployment claims. While 45 states reported declines, California was one of five states to report an increase. California claims rose by 11,794. To put that figure into perspective, it was more t...

After gamble backfires, L.A. demands refund from banks

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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  In the San Francisco Bay area, public transit riders are paying $104 million in higher rider fees to cover the cost of exotic financial insurance known as an interest rate swap. In Detroit, the inability of the city to make interest rate swap payments signaled eventual bankruptcy. So the r...

A voting lottery?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Los Angeles is considering turning voting into a lottery. Last year's mayoral election saw a turnout of just 25 percent. The idea is to hold out the potential of winning a cash prize for showing up to do one's civic duty. But why should we care about people who don't care about voting, or are too...

Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to select a fresh target. That's where L.A. comes in. Or...

LA and SF dogfight over transport visions

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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In San Francisco, a bus project over a decade in the making finally receives its massive environmental impact report. In Los Angeles, the mayor announces his first executive directive, launching a "Great Streets" program. It's a tale of two cities -- and two visions of the future of urban planning. ...

LA pot politics spreads statewide

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Up in Smoke

Thanks to Los Angeles, the politics of marijuana is lighting up in California this election season. Not only are L.A. laws, attitudes and consumption habits influencing neighboring counties, they're impacting the statewide debate. The situation is that Proposition 215, which voters approved...

Mass transit for poor frowned on in Bay Area

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
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There's plenty of research that shows that bus rapid transit is far the most cost-effective type of mass transit, with a flexibility that's particularly helpful to the less affluent. This is from a Reason Foundation study released in January about the shortfalls of the traditional, rail-centric appr...