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Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

The city of Los Angeles’ finances are in terrible shape. The city’s economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers — especially police and firefighters — eat up ever more of the budget. “As

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L.A. proposal: That’s a pension tax — not a pothole tax

This proposal — allegedly from Los Angeles bureaucrats but almost certainly from new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti — got the scorn it deserved on libertarian and conservative websites when it came out Wednesday afternoon: “L.A.’s elected officials should put a half-cent

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Court filing: Uber doesn't want to be regulated by state PUC

There's a broader front in the Uber war than the battle in Los Angeles, where common sense is for now prevailing. AllThingsD has the details: buy glasses online “Remember when tech startups like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber fought California regulators

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Could this man beat Jerry Brown?

Odds are, Gov. Jerry Brown will be with California until 2019. Consider the political situation. It’s no secret that Brown, now 75 years old, would like to be the longest-serving governor in California history. Although he hasn’t formally announced, he

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The L.A. Story: Picture worth far more than a thousand words

Can’t really beat this for succintness, can you? New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may think his slight standing up to the L.A. Department of Water and Power shows he’s independent. But the Aug. 22 edition of the Southern California

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Some minority L.A. Dems realize unions are dubious allies 12

March 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The hegemony of Democrats in California is based to a striking degree on the ability of public employee unions — whose leaders and most affluent members are predominantly white — to keep minorities on

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Lies about green jobs: Now it’s the Los Angeles edition 2

March 1, 2013 By Chris Reed We’ve seen President Obama and Gov. Brown spread the green jobs myth, pretending that niche categories of employment can revive the larger national and state economies. Now Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is

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Picking mayors: When will L.A. voters be as smart as N.Y. voters? 8

Feb. 8, 2013 By Chris Reed Despite some pension reforms and program cuts, the city of Los Angeles remains in difficult financial shape. A Jan. 24 Fitch credit-rating service analysis says the L.A. economy is rebounding, but that city leaders

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