California is parched. The state’s worst drought in decades has left its reservoirs half-naked, if not skeletal. Officials say 17 communities could run out of drinking water this summer; some are considering mandatory rationing; and 500,000 acres in the state may be left fallow.
Anti-immigrant positions of the Republicans seeking the presidential nomination will cost the party Latino voters in November, said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed dismantling California’s Proposition 13, which helped begin a nationwide anti-tax movement, in favor of a “grand bargain” that would boost levies on business property.
California should lower the vote threshold for approving new roads, highways and transportation projects to a majority from two-thirds, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in his final state-of-the-city speech.
More than a decade after Los Angeles started trying to sidestep California’s affirmative action ban, firms owned by white men won 92 percent of the $2.1 billion in contracts awarded by the city, though they’re just 14 percent of the population.
Los Angeles voters elected Councilman Eric Garcetti as mayor of the second-largest U.S. city, replacing Antonio Villaraigosa and inheriting a budget that relies on city unions to forgo 5.5 percent raises next year and uses about three-quarters of a reserve fund.
Los Angeles police evicted protesters camped in hundreds of tents around City Hall, ending almost two months of occupation and detaining about 300 people, while a similar operation in Philadelphia led to 52 arrests.