If Los Angeles is so strapped for cash, why did City Hall politicians agree to waive millions in fees for the LAPD's union?
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
The city of Los Angeles spends $1 million a year for nine police officers to work for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, KPCC has learned. The union used to partially reimburse the city for those salaries but three years ago City Hall politicians decided to stop billing the LAPPL. "In my judgment, the city of L.A. and the residents of the city should not be paying for union business that affects primarily the union members and the union board," said Councilman Bernard Parks, a former chief of LAPD.
Candidates Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis are fundraising leaders in the race for the Board of Supervisors, reports the Los Angeles Times. The filings cover the second part of 2013, which means two newcomers to the races, Bobby Shriver and Juventino "J" Gomez, weren't yet declared candidates. Kuehl and Shriver are running in the Third District, while Solis and Gomez are in the First District.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is launching a statewide bus tour to reach voters, according to the Sacramento Bee. Donnelly has raised $54,000 so far for his race. That's in contrast to Gov. Jerry Brown's $17 million.
Is women's rights activist Sandra Fluke running for Congress? Fluke filed papers with the California state Democratic Party seeking its endorsement but has yet to make her campaign official. A rep tells the Washington Post Fluke filed with the state party because of a looming deadline to win its support.
The Eastsider L.A. reports parking enforcement was out this weekend ticketing Silver Lake drivers who parked in driveway aprons. Back in 2011, the L.A. City Council considered legalizing apron parking in certain circumstances but it looks like that proposal went nowhere.
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and LMU School of Education Dean Shane Martin will talk about education at Loyola Marymount University at 5 p.m. Fernando Guerra will moderate.
- LA County Board of Supervisors: Update on DCFS (9:30 a.m.)
- Los Angeles City Council: Report on bee-keeping, funding for downtown streetcar (10 a.m.)
- Los Angeles City Council: Update on FIRESTAT (10 a.m.)
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