LA city attorney advises council members to avoid strikes

LA city attorney advises council members to avoid strikes

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Hugo Soto-Martínez and Nithya Raman sat cross-legged in the middle of Century Boulevard last month, helping to block cars from reaching Los Angeles International Airport in a show of solidarity with the region’s hotel workers. That demonstration — and the subsequent arrest of Soto-Martínez, Raman and nearly 200 others — generated headlines for obvious reasons. Zip ties and police processing aside, the presence of the two council members was hardly surprising. In recent months, an array of federal, state and local politicians — including several members of the City Council — have walked picket lines or offered support not just to Unite Here Local 11, the hotel workers union, but also TV and film writers marching outside studios and school workers demonstrating outside Los Angeles Unified campuses.…

Ivanka Trump dismissed from New York attorney general’s fraud lawsuit against her father

Ivanka Trump dismissed from New York attorney general’s fraud lawsuit against her father

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court dismissed Ivanka Trump on Tuesday from a wide-ranging fraud lawsuit brought against her father and his company last year by the state’s attorney general. The civil lawsuit, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accused former President Donald Trump of padding his net worth by billions of dollars and misleading banks, insurance companies and others about the value of his assets, including golf courses and the Mar-a -Lago estate. It named his three eldest children — Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump — as defendants, along with multiple Trump Organization executives.…

FBI arrests Texas businessman linked to impeachment of state Attorney General Ken Paxton

FBI arrests Texas businessman linked to impeachment of state Attorney General Ken Paxton

FBI agents on Thursday arrested a businessman at the center of the scandal that led to the historic impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a day after his defense presented evidence that was intended to counter bribery allegations but raised new questions about the two men’s dealings. Nate Paul was booked into an Austin jail in the afternoon after being arrested by federal agents, according to Travis County Sheriff’s Office records. It was not immediately clear what charges led to his arrest, and the records say only that he was being held on a federal prisoner for a felony. Lawyers for Paul and the US Attorney’s Office in West Texas did not immediately respond to requests for comment.…