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Federal government shutdown: Are Southern Californians tuning out?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at a Friday news conference.

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows to discuss the Affordable Care Act and federal government shutdown. But here in Los Angeles, the shutdown was far from the minds of some attending Ciclavia in downtown Los Angeles Sunday.

It’s been about a week since the federal government closed. And while it’s the talk of Washington D.C., here in Southern California, there seems to be little buzz about it.

Some lawmakers made appearances on the Sunday morning political TV shows, talking about the Affordable Care Act and the federal shutdown. On ABC's "This Week," House Speaker John Boehner questioned President Obama’s refusal to renegotiate sections of the health care law.

"But why wouldn't the president provide fairness to the American people?" Boehner said. "Giving exemptions and waivers to all kinds of groups and people, but he hasn't given one to the American people, who are going to suffer under this law."

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But Sunday morning in Los Angeles told a different story as cyclists gathered downtown for Ciclavia. What did they think of the federal shutdown?

"It’s really not a thought today. Yeah, I just want to enjoy today. But yeah, not on my thoughts," said L.A. resident Stephanie Hernandez.

Photographer Ezra Goreli shared a similar sentiment.

"I stay as far away as possible from politics. I mean, I don’t even watch TV. It’s good for my nervous system, I guess," Goreli said.

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Rafael Lopez came to the car-free event to sell cold bottles of water to overheated cyclists.

"I think it’s a terrible thing that our own government is doing absolutely nothing for us any more," Lopez said. "I voted for Obama, but I’m very disappointed now, so I don’t know how this is going to end up."

The last federal government shutdown 17 years ago ended – experts say – when grassroots pressure to resolve the stalemate reached Washington lawmakers.

So far, that has not happened. Perhaps it's because it will take some time for the negative effects to make its way across the country.

According to the state’s Employment Development Department, there are about 245,000 federal employees in California. Many have been furloughed. National parks are shut down and in San Diego, this past weekend's Miramar Air Show was cancelled.

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