Mary Plummer

Politics Correspondent

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Democracy can be messy. In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. Many voices are shouting to be heard. I examine who gets listened to, and why, and provide a guide to anyone who wants to more fully participate in civic life.

Stories by Mary Plummer

How We Vote In LA Is About To Change. Here's How To Make Your Opinion Known

L.A. County will make the shift for the presidential primary in March of 2020. County officials are holding dozens of meetings across the region to try and educate voters on the changes ahead.

LA may finally rein in developers looking to influence city hall

L.A. Ethics Commissioners voted to recommend restricting many businesses from making donations to officials and imposing limits on how and when politicians can solicit donations for favored charities.

LA may finally rein in developers looking to influence City Hall

This week's vote is a big step forward for campaign finance reform efforts.

LA May Finally Rein In Developers Looking To Influence City Hall

L.A.'s Ethics Commission is recommending the city council restrict many businesses from making donations to officials and impose limits on how and when politicians can solicit donations for their favored charities.

LA Made Gets A 'Medieval' Shout Out In Newsom's First State Of The State

Governor Gavin Newsom's first-ever State of the State address had some big headlines, but very few mentions of Los Angeles in the nearly hour-long speech. 

Former State Senate Leader To Try For LA's City Council

Kevin de León says addressing homelessness will be his number one priority if elected and that public safety will also be a top focus.

LA's sexual harassment problem is not just Hollywood. It's City Hall. It's LAPD. And troubles remain.

The mayor's office reports that between April 30, 2018 and Jan. 29, 2019 the city's website received 80 complaints of workplace misconduct.

LA Renews Efforts to Fix Sexual Harassment Problems

On Friday, City Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Paul Krekorian presented a motion asking for an update on the progress toward improving city practices.

Eric Garcetti will not run for president in 2020

His decision came following a big week for the second-term mayor, who made headlines after working through the night to help negotiate an end to the L.A. teachers strike.

LA campaign contributions from developers could be banned

A handful of Los Angeles City Council members on Tuesday proposed a ban on campaign contributions from real estate developers of significant projects.

LA council members want to restrict contributions from big developers

Developers of large residential and commercial buildings would be barred from contributing if their projects require approvals from city officials.

Newsom lays out first budget as California's new governor

The governor's 2019-2020 spending plan represents a 4 percent increase in general plan spending and adds billions of dollars to the state's reserves.

District elections coming to many California cities

Instead of picking council members to represent the whole city, in what's known as at-large elections, cities switched to distinct district elections.

The massive election change in California you've likely never heard of

"If you haven't been paying attention, we're actually in the middle of a revolution in local governance in California."

Another GOP enclave in California goes blue

California voters made it clear: they are not happy with the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in Congress.