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Apr 15, 2014 12:24pm

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed former Santa Barbara County community services director Herman Parker as its new head of parks and recreation Thursday. Parker is replacing Stacey LoMedico who was recently promoted to a new position.  

“I’m confident that Herman Parker’s skills and talents will be a major asset to the city’s diverse park system, which includes some of the nation’s most beautiful and scenic parks, beaches and open space as well as the community and neighborhood-based recreational facilities," Faulconer said in a news release.

Parker has spent...

Apr 10, 2014 2:14pm

A special report from GrassrootsLab.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014, fourteen Los Angeles county cities held elections for mayor and city council offices. These cities ranged from large populous districted cities (Long Beach) to small jurisdictions (Avalon) comprising a range of ethnic, geographic and partisan constructs.

In recent elections, much has been written about the lack of, or decline of, female representation in California government in state and local government, as well as in the City of Los Angeles specifically (currently...

Apr 10, 2014 12:56pm

After spending several days on the stand, Angela Spaccia, who served as assistant manager in the scandal-plagued city of Bell, just became the becoming the seventh official convicted in the Bell case. 

Spaccia was ordered to spend 11 years and 8 months in prison for 11 felony counts related to the misappropriating the funds of Bell, one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities. Spaccia has already been in jail since December since her conviction. She also is expected to pay millions in restitution to the town.

Five other bell officials—former council members—were also...

Apr 10, 2014 11:57am

Former Oakdale City Manager, Steven L. Hallam, has been tapped as the new Redevelopment/Economic Development Director for the City of Ceres. Hallam began his new job on Monday and is scheduled to stay on for a total of 15 months.

A consultant recently advised the city to hire a permanent, full-time director to promote the city to outside businesses. The goal is to help retain businesses which have already been established, while also attracting new ones to spur further economic growth. The City Council was unable to find the funds necessary for a permanent position, so Hallam is...

Apr 10, 2014 11:56am

In its January report, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission painted a bleak picture of Los Angeles, which it called a “city in decline.”

"Los Angeles is barely treading water while the rest of the world is moving forward," the report claimed, adding that the city was "sinking into a future in which it no longer can provide the public services…" 

Now, the commission has released a list of 13 recommendations which it says will help turn the tide and...

Apr 10, 2014 11:51am

The Oxnard City Council selected Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff as its next top administrator Wednesday. Nyhoff, who was approved in a 4-1 to vote, is expected to begin his new job in June.

Nyhoff has been with the City of Modesto since 2008, when he first served as assistant city manager. He has been credited with helping the city steer through the Great Recession.  

“I think they are going to get a superior city manager,” said Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh. “We...

Apr 10, 2014 11:42am

The Irwindale city council unanimously declared a factory that produces the popular hot sauce Sriracha a public nuisance on Wednesday. The council gave the owners of the factory—Huy Fong Foods—six weeks to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to test the factory. After the testing, the council determined that the factory’ odor was a problem for the residents, and that the factory has breached its contract with the city. The factory has been a source of...

Apr 9, 2014 4:35pm

Yesterday on CityNews, we brought you a comprehensive election guide for Los Angeles County’s city elections. Now that the numbers have come in, let’s take a look at the (uncertified) results!

Arcadia

With three former council members not running in yesterday’s election, three council challengers were able to step up and get a seat on the Arcadia council. Roger Chandler was the only challenger who has spent time on the Arcadia council. This election marked...

Apr 8, 2014 11:47am

Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth wrote in a weekly email to residents that she has decided to not seek to retain her elected position in this Fall’s election in the city. When she ran in 2006, she said that two, four-year terms would be appropriate for a person running for local office. Though her election to mayor has made her reconsider this statement, she has decided to stand by this commitment.

For the remaining 8 months she has as Encinitas’ mayor, she stated in her email that she will focus on community issues. She also ended her email with a thank you to residents for the support...

Apr 8, 2014 11:46am

Samuel In, a veteran Los Angeles building inspector pleaded guilty last year of taking more than $30,000 in bribes while working as a senior inspector. He was sentenced last month to 2 and a half years in prison. Samuel In will reportedly continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000.

Although Governor Brown signed a measure two years ago that would make public employees who were convicted of a felony to give up their retirement benefits that were earned during the period their crimes were committed, this requirement does not apply to Los Angeles due to the city being...

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