Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Navy Yard shooting: Sen. Feinstein iffy on reintroducing gun control bill

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein awaits "change of will" on Capitol Hill before reintroducing assault weapons ban

The shootings at Washington’s Navy Yard were just a mile from the U.S. Capitol. Much of the conversation on Capitol Hill Tuesday has been about security at military facilities. But gun control is on the mind of California’s senior senator Dianne Feinstein.

The four-term democrat was one of the first lawmakers to respond to Monday's shooting, calling it “more of the same, except it’s a different place.” She says “virtually every part of our life is no longer safe.”

Feinstein was the author of a federal assault weapons ban that Congress allowed to expire in 2004. Feinstein reintroduced the measure after the elementary school shooting last winter in Newtown, Conn. But it was voted down on the Senate floor this spring – 40 to 60. 

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LA City Council supports tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers

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The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to support tougher penalties for drivers who flee the scene of a crash.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to support tougher penalties for drivers who flee the scene of a collision; the council also directed the Los Angeles Police Department to improve the way it tracks hit-and-run crashes. 

The council voted to support AB 184, which would extend the statute of limitations on a hit-and-run crash that results in a fatality or severe injury. It has passed both houses of the legislature and is awaiting the governor's signature.  

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Council members also voted to ask the state legislature to make a hit-and-run conviction the same level as a drunk driving conviction when calculating a penalty.

Some drunk drivers flee the scene of an accident because the penalties for a hit-and-run are less severe than they are for drunk driving, said LAPD Commander Mike Williams. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: two special elections, retirements at the Sheriff's Department, a look at the LAUSD Board of Education

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Southern California will hold two special elections Tuesday to fill vacancies in the state Assembly and Senate that were created when Sacramento lawmakers were elected to the L.A. City Council.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Special elections to fill vacancies in the state Assembly and Senate will be held today, reports Capitol Alert. Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell is expected to win a Senate seat previously held by L.A. City Councilman Curren Price. Over in the San Fernando Valley, 11 candidates are running for an Assembly seat previously held by L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

The Daily News looks at a growing backlash against gang injunctions. "Opponents claim the court orders give law enforcement too much latitude in fighting gangs. As a result, critics say, more young people are being stopped, frisked, harassed and labeled gang members by law enforcement," according to the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Eric Garcetti's lunch, trash pickup in Newport Beach, Michelle Obama headed to LA

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and labor leader Maria Elena Durazo finally met for a post-election lunch.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, politics is a family affair for Councilman Paul Koretz, Mayor Eric Garcetti meets Tom Cruise, and Councilman Mike Bonin learns people like to give money to politicians in power.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and labor leader Maria Elena Durazo met for lunch, per the LA Weekly.

The LA Weekly reports Los Angeles' taxi administrator has been barred from speaking to the media about his concerns over ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft. "The taxi industry is regulated in part to ensure that the city's poor and disabled residents get service. If taxi companies were not required to serve South and East L.A., they would not. (Administrator Tom) Drischler argued that the entry of unregulated competitors undermines that regulatory framework by skimming the most profitable segment of the business," according to the newspaper.

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LA City Council confirms new members to Board of Fire Commission

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Four new members were confirmed to the Board of Fire Commissioners Friday. The Los Angeles Fire Department is facing a number of challenges, including the allocation of resources, response times, and reliability of the 911 system.

The Los Angeles City Council confirmed four new members to the Board of Fire Commission Friday, including Mayor Eric Garcetti's former physician. 

Dr. Jimmy Hara of Kaiser Permanente, attorney Delia Ibarra, retired teacher Jimmie Woods-Gray and Andrew Glazier of CityYear will join incumbent commissioner Steve Fazio on the panel. The Fire Commission is the civilian panel that oversees policy for the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

The appointments come at a time when the department is under scrutiny for how it uses its resources and how quickly personnel respond to emergencies. The reliability of the city's 911 system has also been called into question. 

LAFD Chief Brian Cummings, a 32-year veteran of the department, is among the executive-level managers whose performance is being reviewed by the mayor's office as part of his transition into office.

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