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Fines Jacked Up by L.A. City Council Send Strapped Residents to Community Servicenew

What to do when, as Professor Thomas Griffith puts it, "we're running out of tricks"? Raise fines and fees: parking tickets coupled with meters that now must be fed well after 6 p.m.; "Denver" boots on cars; tow-away surcharges; littering fines. None of it has to go before L.A. voters.
L.A. Weekly  |  Michael Goldstein  |  02-26-2010  |  Transportation

L.A.'s Medical-Weed Warsnew

Today Los Angeles stands as the nation's pot capital, a mecca for buying and selling the drug under the guise of the medicinal use initiative California voters approved 13 years ago. The conditions are testament to a breakdown in basic governance unseen in any other major California city.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek  |  11-30-2009  |  Drugs

Villaraigosa Helps Obama on the Economy ... Why?new

Filled with some of the most experienced business, economic policy and labor leaders in the country, Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board includes luminaries like Warren Buffett and CEO of Google. And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We took to the streets to find out how Angelenos would vet Villaraigosa’s economic qualifications.
L.A. Weekly  |  Tibby Rothman  |  11-21-2008  |  Politics

L.A.'s All-About-Me Mayor: Antonio Villaraigosa's Frenetic Self-Promotionnew

Time has become the mayor's defensive tool, and the mayor continually touts his rushing, 16-to-18-hour workday in speeches and media interviews to anyone who questions his commitment. But documents reveal that hours of travel, fund-raising and PR leave little time for his job.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range Mcdonald  |  09-12-2008  |  Politics

Fallow Dreamsnew

Empty talk doomed LA's most noteworthy garden plot.
L.A. Weekly  |  Daniel Hernandez  |  06-15-2006  |  Housing & Development

Detroit Leaningnew

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to take over the county’s public schools might be more complicated than it seems.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Ryder Palmere  |  04-14-2006  |  Education

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