Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Mayor Eric Garcetti focuses on the economy, city services on first day

Eric Garcetti

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Mayor Eric Garcetti holds office hours on his first day as mayor.

Eric Garcetti

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The new mayor says he wants to hold office hours every month.

Eric Garcetti

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Leaders from a dozen chambers of commerce met with Mayor Eric Garcetti on his first day in office.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's first morning as the leader of Los Angeles was spent convening an economic roundtable to hear what the city does well — and where it falls short — when it comes to business.

The new mayor invited leaders from a dozen chambers of commerce to talk about their experiences. Noticeably absent from the meeting were the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Garcetti told the roundtable he doesn't want to keep going to the same well for new ideas. But it should be noted that both those groups backed Garcetti's runoff opponent, Wendy Greuel. 

As for his staff, the new mayor said he plans to have just four deputy mayors — a third as many as his predecessor.

"We've been actually talking to a lot of people and we've been reaching out to a lot of Los Angeles and throughout the country," Garcetti said. "Seeking the best people and hiring them requires a lot of interviews." 


LA releases list of authorized marijuana dispensaries

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LA has issued its list of marijuana dispensaries that may remain open under Measure D, which was approved by voters in May.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has released the names of 134 medical marijuana dispensaries eligible to remain open under Measure D, the new law approved by voters in May.

Under Measure D, dispensaries must meet three requirements to continue to operate: they must have registered with the city in both 2007 and 2011, and under Measure M, the pot taxation measure. 

"These 134 dispensaries appear to satisfy the three threshold immunity requirements," city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljian said.

Document: See the full list of dispensaries

Hundreds of other dispensaries must close. The new law took effect June 20.

Eligible dispensaries must be located at least 600 feet from schools and parks, and at least 1,000 feet from each other. They may only stay open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dispensaries have 180 days to comply.


GOP lawmaker John Campbell on what's wrong with Congress

Capitol Hill veteran John Campbell reflects on Congressional gridlock.

Irvine Republican John Campbell surprised Capitol Hill last week, announcing he'll step down next year after nearly a decade in Congress. He has a few thoughts about the Washington institution.

Campbell says he's finally "hit the wall." He says in his marriage of 34 years, "We've never liked being apart — and we've been apart most of last 14 years." That includes half a dozen years in Sacramento, serving in the state legislature.

Campbell says this will be his third career change — from accountant to car dealership owner to politics. He's not quite sure what's next, but definitely not a K Street lobbying firm: "You will not find me doing that." 

Campbell says it's frustrating being a Republican from a blue state and predicts nothing but gridlock ahead in Washington, "because there is no overlap between Barack Obama's agenda and any reasonable Republican agenda." But he doesn't blame Congress for the stark divide between liberals and conservatives. He suspects the division is "more a function of the House reflecting the country than the other way around." 


Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti is LA's mayor, West Hollywood performs same-sex marriages, state gax tax increases

Garcetti Inauguration

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Eric Garcetti delivers his speech at his mayoral inauguration ceremony on June 30th, 2013. He is the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles.

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Today is Monday, July 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in Sunday in an inaugural ceremony held on the Spring Street Steps of City Hall. He pledged to be a "back to basics" mayor who would also bring back the local economy. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Daily News

Former Councilwoman (and mayoral candidate) Jan Perry is expected to have a job in the Garcetti Administration, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Twelve years of elected service does not mean the end of her service, mark my words. I’ve got plans for her," the mayor told the crowd at First African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Herb Wesson seeks second term as powerful president of LA City Council

City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is expected to be reelected by his colleagues Tuesday.

Eric Garcetti is in his first day as L.A.'s mayor, but at City Hall, there's another man whose power rivals that of the mayor — and on Tuesday Herb Wesson hopes to extend his sway when the City Council votes on whether to give him a second term as council president.

There's no question that when it comes to the council chamber at City Hall, Wesson is in charge. As council president, he is responsible for presiding over meetings, maintaining a quorum and listening to public comments. But, his power goes far beyond parliamentary rules. This is how Wesson addressed Richard Riordan last fall when the former mayor pushed the council about pension reform: "You know what Mr. Mayor — why didn't you fix it when you were mayor?" 

And when Riordan tried to respond, Wesson shot back: "No, there's no back and forth. I get the last word. This is our house."