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Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is getting criticism for appointing the wife of a campaign fundraiser to the Ethics Commission, reports the Los Angeles Times. Erin Pak's husband has raised money for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Councilman Eric Garcetti.
The Los Angeles Times looks at how mayoral candidates are building coalitions to make it to the May runoff. "In a sense, political observers say, it's the up-for-grabs election," according to the newspaper.
Eric Garcetti talks to the Jewish Journal about his religion and the decision to take foster children into his home. "When I looked into it, I was very compelled as well, so a few years ago, we became accredited foster parents," he says.
A Daily News editorial slams Assessor John Noguez for continuing to receive his county salary as he sits in jail on corruption and bribery charges. "It's absolutely outrageous that Noguez took a so-called cost-of-living raise of $5,000 a year while not working, hiking his pay to almost 200 grand," according to the piece.
Assemblyman (and city attorney candidate) Mike Feuer penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post on gun violence. "It is time to draw upon the courage of parents to make real progress toward a safer country, especially for our children," he writes.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will take pictures in front of the City Hall Christmas tree with city employees from 9 a.m. to noon. At 4 p.m., he will pass out bicycles at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club.
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