FROM Catherine Saillant
Candidates Vie to Fill Bernard Parks' Seat Since he won election to the LA City Council, former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks has been a lonely voice as a fiscal watchdog, often opposed to powerful labor unions. Now he's termed out and — ironically — unions may have a major role in determining his replacement. Catherine Saillant is covering the 8th District contest for the LA Times . The four main contenders to replace Parks are: Forescee Hogan-Rowles Marqueece Harris-Dawson Bobbie Jean Anderson Robert Cole
Shriver Gets Key Endorsement in Supervisor’s Race In the primary for termed-out Zev Yaroslavsky on the LA Board of Supervisors, Sheila Keuhl got 36% of the vote, Bobby Shriver 29%, and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran got a surprising 16%. Today, Duran endorsed Shriver for the November final election. Catherine Saillant covers politics for the LA Times.
Los Angeles City Councilman Charged with Felony Crimes As superior court judge ruled today there's "more than substantial evidence" that Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón and his wife, Flora Montes, committed both perjury and voter fraud. He'll be tried on 17 felony counts. She faces six.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?