Politics, government and public life for Southern California

UPDATE: California's congressmen look for leadership roles

The likely incoming Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee

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Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has been chosen by Speaker Boehner to head the Intelligence Committee starting in January.

California loses a lot of Congressional clout in January.

The top House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Education and the Workforce Committee, plus the Republican Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee retired.

The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was termed out. And with the GOP wins in the mid-term elections, the chairmanships of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, even the Senate Ethics  Committee pass to Republicans.

You might compare California to the Los Angeles Dodgers: next year is a rebuilding year for leadership roles. And like any good ballclub, there are signs of hope in a strong farm system.

House Intelligence

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of Tulare has been selected by Speaker John Boehner to head the House Intelligence Committee. The committee oversees 17 different agencies. Nunes says the committee's bipartisan tradition will continue under his leadership. But doesn't he stay awake at night, thinking over that classified information about threats to America? "You don't have any time for that," he says. "You've got to do what you've got to do."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Police union knocks Garcetti, Tony Cardenas gets a new role, how smart are American voters?

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The L.A. Police Protective League is criticizing Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving the city for 12 days while LAPD officers continue to work without a contract.

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Today is Friday, Nov. 14 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Police Protective League is knocking Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving on a trip to Asia when LAPD officers are working without a contract. "Where, you ask, is Mayor Eric Garcetti? He is leaving L.A. on Saturday on a 12-day junket to Asia – further proof that public safety is way down on his list of priorities," per the LAPPL's blog.

The LA Weekly profiles attorney Robert Silverstein, who has repeatedly sued the city of Los Angeles over developments in the Hollywood area. "Five times in front of five different judges, Silverstein has prevailed in his legal battle against Mayor Eric Garcetti's push to transform Hollywood into a kind of dense, Century City–meets–Warner Center skyscraper zone," according to the Weekly.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's street resurfacing, fallout from Prop 47, how Sheila Kuehl won her election

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new initiatives Wednesday intended to pave more streets in Los Angeles.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 13 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a set of initiatives Wednesday intended to provide more funding for street paving in Los Angeles, according to Streetsblog LA. "All told, we are going to pay another 200 miles of road, every year, on top of the 200 miles of road in this year’s budget. That’s 400 miles extra more of road paved every single year," the mayor said.

An exit poll from Loyola Marymount University found Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl won last week's election by appealing to women, liberals and the LGBT community, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. That was in contrast to her opponent, Bobby Shriver, who picked up support from Republicans, Catholics and younger voters. "“If you’re looking for one reason why Sheila Kuehl won, it’s the gender gap," said Cal State Northridge political scientist Tom Hogen-Esch.

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These California cities scored best and worst for LGBT-friendly policies

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Long Beach's Robert Garcia is the first openly gay mayor of the city. Garcia, as councilman and now mayor, helped to boost Long Beach's ranking on LBGT-friendly policies to a perfect 100 this year.

Six California cities received perfect scores for having the best policies and laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and employees.

Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco and West Hollywood each scored  100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index. The index compares  the nation's 200 largest cities, all state capitals and cities with high proportions of same-sex couples.

Two national LGBT civil rights organizations, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and  Equality Federation Institute, publish the list.

For Long Beach, which recently elected its first openly gay mayor, the city repeated last year's showing with the maximum possible 100 points, said Josh Steichmann, spokesman for Equality California, a civil rights group that helped collect data for the list.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Long Beach's new police chief, a supervisor's race in Orange County, confusion over fracking in LA

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The incoming Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna thanks his supporters during a press conference to announce this new appointment. The outgoing chief, Jim McDonnell, will become the new Los Angeles County Sheriff after winning the seat in the recent election.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 12 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Deputy Chief Robert Luna will be the new police chief in Long Beach, reports KPCC. Luna, who has been with the department for 29 years, will be the first Latino to oversee the police department. "I truly have a passion for this profession, this city and I absolutely love this police department," he said.

A Los Angeles Times editorial suggests the L.A. County Board of Supervisors should hold off on key appointments until Supervisors-elect Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl are sworn in. "It is now time to ensure that the newly elected leaders are able to exercise the power that voters vested in them," according to the Times.

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