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County supervisor candidates note Solis' absence from campaign forum

April 18, 2014 - 9:05pm
Spokesman says former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made another commitment before the candidate event. She leads in fundraising.

Two candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina faced off Thursday in Claremont, without the presumed front-runner participating.

Ethics commission wants more public funding available to candidates

April 18, 2014 - 9:01pm
Supporters say raising the amount of money L.A. provides for each dollar raised by candidates would help clean up campaigns.

Los Angeles' Ethics Commission is calling for an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking city office.

California students feel UC admission squeeze

April 18, 2014 - 6:43pm
Most campuses take a lesser number of state students even as more get in from elsewhere.

California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday.

California's economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge

April 18, 2014 - 6:24pm
The governor wants to keep spending in check while creating a rainy day fund, paying down debt and covering pension shortfalls. But he needs some GOP support.

SACRAMENTO — Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the state's top budget official, Ana Matosantos, to lunch at his office. He had just two months to prepare his first plan for tackling California's $26-billion deficit.

Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought

April 17, 2014 - 7:40pm
California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg reacts after two men wearing GPS devices and under parole supervision are accused of raping and killing four women.

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were allegedly able to rape and kill four women without being detected.

Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed

April 16, 2014 - 9:32pm
Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).

Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of California's hottest congressional races, including two of the most vocal proponents of getting money out of politics.

Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund

April 16, 2014 - 5:52pm
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.

SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the state Legislature for next week to consider a new plan to save money and pay off state debt, an election-year pitch that he must make to lawmakers without the benefit of a Democratic supermajority.

Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up

April 16, 2014 - 5:03pm
The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.

SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous." "Laughable."