Outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes a stop on his 24-hour "thank you" tour of L.A. at Sepulveda Recreation Center during a Summer Night Lights festival. The event, filled with music, food, and family-friendly activities, is the product of one of the mayor's Gang Reduction Youth Development programs.
By 8:30 p.m. Friday when outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bus pulled up to the Hollywood and Vine Metro station, he had already visited longshoremen at the Port of Los Angeles; attended a police press conference; visited students on a field trip to Olvera Street; made sandwiches for customers at Philippe the Original downtown; ate a hot dog at Pink’s; stopped in Boyle Heights, where he grew up; and officiated the wedding of two of the lead plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case involving California’s ban on gay marriage.
And that is an abbreviated list.
“You know, I’m not even close to being tired, by the way,” said Villaraigosa, who is 60. "No, my kiddies will get tired before me."
It was his last weekday as mayor. On Sunday night, Eric Garcetti officially took office as the new mayor after a ceremonial swearing-in party.
Update 8:32 p.m.: Standing on the steps of City Hall Sunday, Eric Garcetti pledged to be a back to basics mayor who would revitalize the local economy while remaining a man of the people.
Though he was legally sworn in as mayor Friday in a private ceremony, Garcetti took the oath of office from Kenia Castillo, an eighth grader who met the new mayor a decade ago when he attended an event in support of janitors.
“My great-grandparents never would have dreamed that I’d be standing here today – soon to be the 42nd mayor of the great city of Los Angeles. What’s remarkable about my family’s story is that it’s yours, too,” Garcetti said.
During his inaugural address, some of the loudest cheers came when Garcetti said he would make every general manager reapply for their jobs – something he frequently said during the campaign. The new mayor pledged to make public goals for all of the general managers in an effort to be more transparent.
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is fighting a decision to exclude pediatric dental care from the insurance policies that will be sold through Covered California.
California’s Insurance Commissioner wants the state’s new health care exchange to include dental care for kids as a primary benefit in plans that will be sold to the public next year.
The board of Covered California, the agency that is managing the health care exchange, recently decided to exclude that service from the plans, and offer it in a separate policy. People who purchase their health care insurance plan through Covered California will have to pay extra for a separate dental plan for their children.
Insurance commissioner Dave Jones warns that not including dental coverage as an essential benefit could cost consumers more.
In a June 27th letter to the board that runs Covered California, Jones wrote that he spoke with insurers who submitted bids to sell their products on the state’s exchange next year. Those health plans included dental care for children in the package of benefits, but Covered California told them to strip it out.
Republican Congressman John Campbell.
Five-term Republican Congressman John Campbell of Irvine says he's stepping down next year.
Campbell came to Congress in 2005 to replace Chris Cox, who left to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. Campbell is a fiscal conservative from a primarily Republican district in Orange County.
In a statement released late Thursday, Campbell said he never intended "to be a career politician."
He told KRLA talk host Hugh Hewitt that twice a week flights between D.C. and California, along with long hours and constituent events every weekend, are exhausting. Campbell said he advised a West coast freshman lawmaker to try "Red Bull and Tylenol PM." He says it's "a very hard lifestyle when you're west of the Mississippi — when you're three time zones away."
Campbell missed two weeks of votes in early June because of orthopedic issues. His staff says he'll be getting both hip and shoulder surgery in the near future.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks with chief of police William Bratton during his black tie Inaugural Gala held at the Dorothy chandler Pavilion June 30, 2005. His last day in office is Sunday.
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Today is Friday, June 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will attend his final meeting of the Los Angeles City Council this morning. He's spent six weeks preparing for his role as mayor by embarking on a listening tour and sorting through 2,000 job and commission applications, reports KPCC.