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LA City Council reduces time for public comment on Farmers Field


The L.A. City Council voted to reduce the period for public comment on the Farmers Field plan. City officials said the decision was made to fit in with the NFL's timeline.

The period for public comment on the City of L.A.'s final agreement with the developers of Farmers Field was shortened Tuesday by the city council. City officials said shortening the time frame by a week was necessary because of a need to fit into the NFL’s timeline for considering a franchise in Los Angeles.

The city council is expected to give final approval to the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s proposed stadium on Sept. 28. Typically the city allows 24 days for the public to comment on an agreement. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce that period to 17 days, beginning immediately. The city's chief legislative analyst said this would allow enough time to resolve any environmental concerns before the NFL decides in March whether to relocate a team to Los Angeles. 

Farmers Field is a proposed 76,000-seat stadium to be built next to Staples Center and L.A. Live. The plan is to build it on land currently occupied in part by the Convention Center’s West Hall.


Former redistricting commissioner raises $50K for council race

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A former member of the Redistricting Commission has reached the $50,000 fundraising benchmark in his bid to be the next councilman of the Ninth District.

A former member of the city's Redistricting Commission has become the fourth candidate to raise $50,000 in the 2013 race to replace Councilwoman Jan Perry.

David Roberts reached the financial benchmark yesterday, according to the Ethics Commission. The other three candidates to reach the $50,000 mark are LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara, Assemblyman Mike Davis and Ana Cubas, the former chief-of-staff to Councilman Jose Huizar. Hara leads the pack with more than $117,000 in his campaign fund.

“This campaign is going to be about making South L.A. the vibrant and successful community I know it can be," Roberts said. "I am thrilled that so many of my fellow Angelenos feel the same way."

Earlier this year, Roberts served on the Redistricting Commission as an appointee of Perry. The Ninth District ultimately lost most of its downtown assets, though it kept Staples Center and picked up the University of Southern California. 


Mayoral donations pour in from outside Los Angeles and out-of-state (updated)

Pile of money

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A new report finds 42 percent of donations to Los Angeles' top four mayoral candidates came from outside the city limits.

More than 40 percent of the contributions to Los Angeles’ top four mayoral candidates have come from outside the city limits and is money that would not be eligible for the city’s matching funds under a proposal being considered by the Ethics Commission.

A report from Common Cause concluded that 42 percent of the donations received by City Controller Wendy Greuel, council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, and attorney Kevin James were from individuals living outside of Los Angeles. Nine percent came from donors outside California.

In June, the Ethics Commission agreed to a proposal that would only provide matching funds for donations made by Angelenos living within the city limits. The rule, which requires approval from the Los Angeles City Council, would not take effect until the 2015 primary.


Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti tie up the money race for mayor

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Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Campaign finance reports show Greuel and Garcetti are neck and neck in the money race.

Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are neck-and-neck in the race to raise funds for their 2013 campaigns, with just $322 separating the two leading candidates.

The latest fundraising report filed with the Ethics Commission shows Greuel, the city’s controller, with $2.2 million. That means from Jan. 1 to June 30, she doubled her campaign warchest. Garcetti, the former council president, also has $2.2 million--plus that additional $322.

“These rock-solid fundraising numbers show that Wendy Greuel has continued to attract an extensive and vibrant audience of supporters throughout the city," said John Shallman, chief strategist to the campaign. "It also demonstrates that she’s amassed substantial resources very early on in the race to be L.A.’s next mayor.” 

Also running for mayor is Councilwoman Jan Perry. She now has $1.1 million, having raised $327,000 in the past six month. Attorney and former talk radio host Kevin James reported a total of $222,145 in his campaign finance report.


Eric Garcetti collects another million for mayor's race (updated)

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti campaign

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti raised more than a $1 million in six months for his mayoral run.

In a six-month period, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti pulled in $1.145 million for his mayoral run, according to his campaign.

The Garcetti camp released its latest fundraising figures in advance of the Ethics Commission’s July 31 deadline. With the money he received between Jan. 1 and June 30, Garcetti now has a total of $2.2 million for the 2013 race.

That haul includes $100 from Walmart’s director of community affairs, despite Garcetti’s pledge not to take any money from the retailer. The promise was made as the Los Angeles City Council sought to block a neighborhood Walmart from opening in the Chinatown area. 

The donation came from an individual and was given before Garcetti made his pledge, said Bill Carrick of the Garcetti campaign, adding that the donation would not be returned.