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California mayors lobbying federal officials for relief from regulations

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Kitty Felde

Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin will be in Washington, DC with other California mayors, lobbying for reduced federal regulation.

Nearly four-dozen mayors from across California will be in Washington this weekend for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. They'll be meeting with federal officials to push for more federal dollars or less federal regulation.

Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin said cities are hampered by federal requirements that end up costing them money.

For him, the fight is over treatment of water from its 1960’s icon, the Seaside Lagoon. He says the city takes  seawater to create a saltwater, heated, sandy bottom pool. He said they have to chlorinate the water when they pump it into the lagoon. They dechlorinate it before discharging it back into the bay.

The discharge has to meet federal and local sandards. Gin said Redondo Beach sometimes gets fined "and those violations can be very costly." 

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Mayors Villaraigosa and Bloomberg to talk gun control Friday — separately (UPDATED)

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa included comments on gun control in his speech earlier this week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not appear with NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Friday press conference as originally scheduled. A Villaraigosa spokesman gave no reason for the change of plans. L.A.'s mayor will discuss gun control on two cable news channels Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa teams up with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting Friday in Washington to target gun violence. The mayors say they will keep the pressure on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and other gun control measures.

Villaraigosa also wants stronger background checks, data bases for the mentally ill, and Congressional approval of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Earlier this week, at the National Press Club, Villaraigosa attacked members of Congress and others who use the Constitution as an excuse not to act, saying: "They use the Second Amendment to defend the unconscionable, to defend what’s wrong, to defend what doesn’t make sense to the vast majority of us. And that’s the challenge."

Vice-President Joe Biden on Thursday asked the Conference of Mayors for help with the White House gun proposals.

Both California and New York already have an assault weapons ban. Villaraigosa co-authored California’s law when he was Assembly Speaker. Bloomberg has put up millions of his own dollars to support political candidates willing to tackle gun control issues. 

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