Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.
Create more bike lines, make the streets safer, fix potholes, reduce poverty — these are among the top things you told us that you want our new mayor, Eric Garcetti, to do first when we asked you as part of our #DearMayor initiative.
KPCC staff has been hitting the streets of Los Angeles asking folks what they want the city’s next mayor to work on first. We started the conversation online and then traveled to various spots across town from the Coffee Company in Westchester to Auntie Em’s in Eagle Rock.
Eric, here’s a list of the top issues people would like to you to work on first:
1. Create more bike infrastructure, safer roads for all
This was a hot topic during our gathering in Eagle Rock.
Glassell Park resident Jennifer Campbell, for example, frequently rides her bicycle along the L.A. River, but said she would love to feel safer in certain parts of town, like Silver Lake.
Carmen Trutanich on primary night, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Election Day in Los Angeles resulted in incumbent city attorney Carmen Trutanich being ousted, a new fiscal watchdog and three new faces on the city council. And a special election for a fourth seat guaranteed that the next council will not be populated only by men.
Four years after roaring into office as a maverick politician promising to upend City Hall, Trutanich was thrown out of the city attorney's office. Voters chose former state Assemblyman Mike Feuer to replace Trutanich, who was seeking a second four-year term as city attorney.
The final tally in Feuer's favor was 62 to 38 percent.
It’s unusual for an incumbent city attorney to lose a re-election bid. Trutanich’s downfall may have had its roots in his failed run for L.A. County district attorney last year, after promising voters he’d serve two terms as city attorney. The loss weakened him, politically.
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A man smokes a marijuana cigarrette in Montevideo on December 7, 2012.
Los Angeles city voters Tuesday decided to dramatically limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, approving Measure D by a 63 to 37 margin.
The measure allows only the 135 dispensaries that registered with the city before September 2007 to remain open. Hundreds of others must close immediately. In addition, the remaining dispensaries must locate themselves at least 1,000 feet from schools, and employees will now undergo criminal background checks.
Those dispensaries also face an increase in taxes — rising to $60 per $1,000 of gross receipts.
A majority of the city council supported Measure D. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which is organizing dispensary employees, also campaigned for it.
Measure F, which would have allowed an unlimited number of dispensaries, failed 59 to 41 percent. Measure E, which was abandoned by supporters, also failed.
Update 12:20 a.m.: Trutanich concedes to Feuer
Shortly before midnight, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich conceded the race to former Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Trutanich's spokesman John Schwada said.
Feuer had nearly 61 percent of the votes, with about 12 percent of the city's precincts having been counted.
The campaign had been a bitter one, with Trutanich filing an Ethics Commission complaint against Feuer midway through the race, alleging Feuer was receiving unfair help in the form of discounted campaign services from a consultant. Feuer countered with a complaint that Trutanich was violating city campaign rules by sending too many official emails. — Sharon McNary
Update 12:10 a.m.: Garcetti takes the stage
The San Francisco Sentinel
State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), chairs of the Senate budget committee, wants a spending plan that will trigger increases if revenue projections are met.
State lawmakers took a closer look Tuesday at Governor Jerry Brown’s revised spending plan for public schools. One of the key questions they’re wrangling with is how much they’ll actually have to spend.
After years of budget deficits and cuts to school districts and community colleges, the state of California is sitting on a surplus. Brown’s fiscal team estimates it’s $2.8 billion, but the legislature’s fiscal analyst thinks its closer to $6 billion.
“We do think our revenue estimates are a better reflection of what’s going on in the financial markets right now,” said Ed Cabral of the analyst’s office. But, he cautioned, that figure isn’t bullet proof. “So if our revenue estimates are wrong, and you build your budget according to our estimates, then there is some risk there.”