Los Angeles County is re-inventing the nation's largest electoral system, which serves nearly 4 million registered voters. The goal is a more flexible, user-friendly system that county officials hope will increase turnout.
To design the system from scratch, county officials started in 2010 by surveying voters and stakeholder groups. They added observations from poll workers. The county registrar of voters also co-sponsored a design challenge on a crowdsourcing website that drew responses from all over.
Cansu Akarsu, a designer from Turkey, suggested a computer tablet that helps poll workers interact with disabled people to select the right voting method. A person could use the system to select polling place accommodations days in advance.
Tina Lee, a U.S.-based designer, suggests a tablet app that lets the voter decide the pace of the ballot display or the order in which contests would appear.
An independent group backing Wendy Greuel for mayor has turned Magic Johnson's endorsement into an online commercial.
A week ago, the businessman and former NBA star endorsed Greuel to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Working Californians has now made a 60-second video of the endorsement. It will appear on news websites, and a shorter version may eventually run on TV.
The union that represents Department of Water and Power employees, former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and director Steven Spielberg have all contributed to the Working Californians independent committee. The group spent $1.4 million on Greuel ads and mailers in the primary.
Release of the commercial comes on the same day U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman and former Congressman Howard Berman endorsed Greuel.
Attorney Ron Galperin was endorsed Wednesday by state Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
The speaker of the State Assembly endorsed Ron Galperin Wednesday in his race to become Los Angeles City Controller.
John Pérez is backing Galperin over L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine.
“Ron Galperin is the type of innovative and effective leader Los Angeles needs,” Pérez said in a statement. “Ron has the right experience and a proven commitment to sound fiscal management.”
Galperin, an attorney who has served as chairman of the city's Commission on Revenue Efficiency, placed first in the March 5 primary with 37 percent of the vote. Zine, who is termed out after 12 years on the city council, placed a close second with 36 percent.
A week ago, the Galperin campaign filed an ethics complaint, alleging that Zine's campaign had inappropriately coordinated with a political action committee to send out nearly identical mailers. A spokesman for Zine's campaign told KPCC the candidate is not responsible for how other groups use his materials. (Here’s the Zine mailer that was filed with the Ethics Commission Feb. 21 and the mailer filed by L.A. Citizens for Fiscal Reform on March 2.)
Wendy Greuel, seen here on election night, used a speech at UCLA to address "the political establishment and the media" who have questioned whether she would be beholden to labor if elected mayor.
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In a speech at UCLA, Wendy Greuel told her supporters she would be an independent mayor, despite criticism that she would be beholden to labor because of the money unions have spent to back her campaign. "My opponent seems to think I should apologize for having earned the support of working people. When he's not out pandering to them for their endorsement, (Eric) Garcetti throws the word 'union' around like it's a slur, and has even called L.A.'s working people 'power brokers', " she said in her speech. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, LAObserved, LA Weekly
A Garcetti campaign mailer targeting African-American voters shows the mayoral campaign with the president. Garcetti served as chairman of then-candidate Obama's California campaign in 2008
President Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, made it clear Tuesday: his boss will steer clear of the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Here’s the official transcript from a White House briefing where Carney was asked about the issue.
Q: “Is the President planning on weighing in on the Los Angeles mayor’s race? Eric Garcetti has been a big supporter of the President over the years.”
MR. CARNEY: “I appreciate the question. In keeping with past practice, when there is a primary, a Democratic primary in a race like this, we’re not — the President won’t endorse any candidate.”
Of course, it's not a primary, and it's not a partisan race, but you get the idea. President Obama doesn’t want to get involved in a race between two loyal Democrats, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. That’s doesn’t mean the president doesn’t like Garcetti.