Recall? Recall What?

We Yanked Gray Davis a Decade Ago. California Would Be Better Off If We Didn’t Forget It.

Do you even recall the recall?

Ten years ago this week, it was big news. California’s voters approved the yanking of Governor Gray Davis by big majorities. We made history. No statewide elected official had ever been recalled in California before, and none has since. Indeed, Davis was only the second governor in U.S. history ever to be recalled.

The recall was sexy. In one poll, 99 percent of state residents said they were following news of it. The recall made headlines across the country and around the world. It wasn’t just …

How A Candidate Can Survive Indecent Exposure

A Maryland Mayor’s Experience Shows the Virtues of What Weiner Doesn’t Have: A Record of Delivering For Citizens

The sexting scandal of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner may seem new, if only because of the technology. But it reminded me of the old adage “What’s old is …

L.A.’s 2013 Mayoral Candidates

Zócalo Gets Personal With Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel

Either city councilman Eric Garcetti and city controller Wendy Greuel will be L.A.’s next mayor. We heard everything they had to say on education and economy at our live debate …

Greuel v. Garcetti

A Live Mayoral Debate Moderated by KCRW’s Warren Olney

With two weeks before the runoff election for mayor of Los Angeles, candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel sought to distinguish their positions and records from each other in a …

I’m Dreaming of Our Next Mayor

What Would Your Ideal Mayor Say to Los Angeles?

The candidates for mayor of Los Angeles have had ample opportunity to address the city throughout the primary race and the runoff. But have they said what Angelenos want—and perhaps …

One Man, Two Votes—Why Not?

L.A. Asked Me To Vote In Its Mayoral Election. Sure, It’s Illegal, But It’s Also a Good Idea.

When a politically minded friend recently told me he was voting for Kevin James for mayor of Los Angeles, I told him I’d have to call the police.

I have nothing …