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Past articles by Rick:

Krekorian faces one challenger in March City Council election

In 2009, when he first ran for Los Angeles City Council, then-Assemblyman Paul Krekorian was vastly outspent by film executive Christine Essel as the two battled to succeed Controller Wendy Greuel.While both had wide union support, it was Essel → Read More

Tipoff: Unions playing low-key role in elections, so far

After a couple of election cycles in which they were the dominant force, city unions are stepping back — at least until after the March 3 primary election — to decide if they should move t → Read More

Los Angeles City Council backs ‘Medina Alerts’ proposal for hit-and-run accidents

Noting a hit-and-run happens every 26 minutes in Los Angeles, city officials on Friday moved to create a sense of public urgency in how to deal with the problem, which last year resulted in 27 deaths.“This is reaching epidemic proportion → Read More

RAND report urges changes to Los Angeles Fire Department hiring system

Los Angeles needs to make major changes in how it recruits and processes candidates for the Los Angeles Fire Department to be more effective for the city and fair to its candidates, The Rand Corp. said Thursday.The long-awaited report, prepared → Read More

Major LAX modernization will ‘destroy myths’ about Los Angeles’ commitment to airport, councilman says

A major contract covering 25 percent of the Los Angeles International Airport modernization plan was approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council in what one member described as destroying the myths around the airport.“There is not → Read More

L.A. City Council to study moving city elections to even-numbered years

Eight months after receiving the LA 2020 report, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday decided to → Read More

Los Angeles wants to quickly clear ‘uattended property’ of homeless from streets, sidewalks

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday asked for a new law making it easier to remove personal property left on city streets, sidewalks and parkland.“This is a complex issue,” Councilman Mike Bonin said, referring to lawsuits fil → Read More

Tipoff: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s triple-duty Washington, D.C., visit

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti heads out again this week, making his sixth trip to Washington, D.C., since being elected.This time, he is pulling triple duty, attending the annual United States Conference of Mayors, going to → Read More

Lucy Jones reflects on aftershocks of 1994 Northridge Earthquake

Twenty-one years later, the political and policy aftershocks of the Northridge Earthquake are still being felt.“It wasn’t that big of an earthquake and the deaths were not that great,” said Lucy Jones, the U.S. Geological S → Read More

DWP to supply Northridge Hospital with quake-resistant water pipes

Marking the 21st anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Department of Water and Power officials announced plans Friday to install 6,500 feet of quake-resistant water pipes to service Northridge Hospital Medical Center. → Read More

Earthquake plan to retrofit unsafe L.A. buildings presented to City Council

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s bold and costly plan to mandate the retrofit of all unsafe buildings in Los Angeles to withstand a major earthquake was formally presented to the City Council on Wednesday, where the political battles over its future were → Read More

L.A. aims to quash bulky-item dropoff in parks

As parks have become as popular as alleys for some looking for a fast way to get rid of old sofas, mattresses and other bulky items, Los Angeles officials on Monday began exploring ways to crack down on the illegal dumping.At the urging of Coun → Read More

Tipoff: Police Protective League to woo Angelenos

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has a problem with its new contract — and not just with Mayo → Read More

LAFD divides into 4 bureaus to improve response times, accountability

In the biggest organizational change in its 128-year history, the Los Angeles Fire Department on Sunday begins dividing the city into four bureaus as a way to improve response times and accountability.A spokeswoman for May → Read More

Los Angeles to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. all next week

With the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. being celebrated in the movie “Selma,” Los Angeles officials on Friday were told of events surrounding the annual parade and week honoring him.“This is the 50th-year annivers → Read More

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer won’t seek re-election in 2016

Ending months of speculation, Sen. Barbara Boxer announced Thursday she will not run for re-election in 2016, setting off a firestorm of rumors of potential successors.Boxer, 74, in a → Read More

Los Angeles loses out to Boston as U.S. choice for 2024 Olympics

The two-year dream of Los Angeles to recapture the spirit of the 1984 Olympic Games ended Thursday when Boston was selected as the U.S. nominee to host the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.Following a meeting in Denver, U.S. Olympic Comm → Read More

Streetcars in downtown L.A. draw support from private sector

Plans to build a downtown Los Angeles streetcar system drew wide support from the private sector, boosting plans to begin a formal bidding process for the 3.8-mile project, a city official announced Wednesday.Councilman Jose Huizar, who has bee → Read More

L.A., looking for water wherever it can, targets freeways

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, City Council members turned their attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways.And they found a willing partner. Caltrans offered assurances Wednesday → Read More

DWP will give you $10 to stop sending bills and go paperless

Here’s a switch: The Department of Water and Power is offering customers money.Under a program available through June 30, the utility will give a $10 credit to customers who agree to sign up for paperless billing.“This prog → Read More