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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."

Audit faults Cudahy as government in chaos

April 15, 2014 - 9:55pm
A state audit finds few controls to prevent corruption in the small city, citing abuse of city-issued credit cards. Mayor Chris Garcia says City Hall is implementing the safeguards recommended by the state.

When three city officials were arrested trying to shake down a marijuana dispensary owner, Cudahy was branded a town where bribes were routine and elections were rigged.

Bobby Shriver's ties that bind

April 15, 2014 - 9:06pm
L.A. County supervisorial candidate, weary of 'JFK's nephew' label, is eager to promote his own achievements.

Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted."

Top-two primary might be bad for small-party candidates

April 14, 2014 - 8:52pm
It may be too soon to tell, but already, far fewer third-party candidates have been able to qualify for the general election ballot.

When California voters decided to change the way the state's primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization.

Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform

April 14, 2014 - 8:46pm
The $26-billion spending plan calls for adding more than 1,300 positions, including nurses, social workers and staff for the Sheriff's Department's inspector general.

Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform.

Garcetti's budget adds more firefighters, overhauls 911 dispatch

April 14, 2014 - 8:23pm
L.A. mayor's $8.1-billion proposed budget also delays a promised cut in the city business tax. Critics are already speaking out.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year.