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Compton mayor election pits two-time former mayor Omar Bradley against urban planner Aja Brown

Omar Bradley

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Omar Bradley, who served as Compton's mayor from 1993 to 2001, is on the ballot again for mayor. The election is June 4.

Aja Brown

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Aja Brown, candidate for Compton Mayor at Wilson Park.

Ben Graham at Wilson Park

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Ben Graham, aspiring rapper who has experienced both jail and a gunshot in his 17 years, at Wilson Park in Compton


Compton's voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose their first new mayor in 12 years. The election pits two-time former mayor Omar Bradley against Aja Brown, a community development consultant.

Brown, 31, held city economic development jobs in Compton, Gardena and Inglewood before starting her own firm two years ago. She says many of Compton's basic planning, zoning and strategic plans must be rewritten to attract new investment.

"We see so much mismatch of land uses, but it's because our policies are so outdated that we have no legal mechanism to enforce the type of development that we need," she said.

Brown moved to Compton in 2009 after growing up in Altadena. Her mother had moved the family away from Compton in the early 70s after Brown's grandmother was killed there in a home invasion.

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LA mayor-elect Eric Garcetti names transition director

Eric Garcetti Los Angeles Mayor

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Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.

Eric Garcetti has turned to an old family associate to head his transition team. L.A.'s mayor-elect has chosen Rich Llewellyn, a one-time chief of staff to Garcetti in his city council office and former Special Counsel to Garcetti's father when he served as L.A. County district attorney in the 1990s.

"Rich understands my priorities and has the experience and expertise to help me assemble an administration that is ready for action," Garcetti said in a statement. Llewellyn is a longtime figure at City Hall. He most recently served as chief of staff to Councilman Paul Koretz.

Garcetti's team has established a website for people to learn how to apply for appointments to city commissions — and to offer their ideas on how to improve L.A.

"We want to reach out to a wide array of people for their talent and their ideas," said Garcetti spokesman Yuseff Robb.

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City Hall celebrates LGBT Heritage Month

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Galperin, O'Farrell, Bonin campaigns

On July 1, Los Angeles will have three openly gay elected officials, (L-R) Controller-elect Ron Galperin and councilmen-elect Mitch O'Farrell and Mike Bonin.

When the city's new elected officials are sworn in on July 1, Los Angeles will reach a milestone by having three who are openly gay. 

That point was driven home Friday with the Los Angeles City Council's celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month. L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man elected to the city council, led the celebration. He was joined by Councilmen-elect Mike Bonin and Mitch O'Farrell and Controller-elect Ron Galperin. (Rosendahl's final day in office is June 30.)

Bonin, currently Rosendahl's chief of staff, will succeed his boss in the District 11 Westside seat. O'Farrell, a former aide to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, was elected to his forme boss' District 13 seat, which stretches from Echo Park to Hollywood. And Galperin is believed to be the first openly gay person elected to citywide office in L.A.

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Voters doubt Congress can pass immigration bill

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Activists rallied earlier this Spring outside the US Capitol for immigration reform.

Congress returns to work on Monday and immigration is one of the top issues members will tackle. But according to a recent poll, Americans don't think lawmakers can get the job done.

Congress hasn't been getting high marks from the American public for years. Now, a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows American voters — by a three-to-one margin — say Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill won't be able to work together to pass immigration reform.

Christina Jimenez of the activist group United We Dream says Congress needs to remember the November election, when Latino voters overwhelmingly supported Democrats, making immigration reform a political mandate: "If they don't take action, there's going to be political consequences."

Democrats, Latinos, and black voters are the most optimistic about the chances of a reform package passing. 

The Quinnipiac poll shows a slight majority of voters — 54 percent — support a path to citizenship as part of any new law. That's a drop since the Boston Marathon bombings ,when 59 percent backed citizenship. Nearly one in three poll respondents said undocumented immigrants should be deported.

House negotiators are expected to introduce their version of a comprehensive immigration package next week; the full Senate is likely to vote on their version early in June.

More than 1,400 people were surveyed between May 22 and May 29. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percent.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: labor's history with the mayor's race, Mike Feuer's lawsuit, a goodbye party for Villaraigosa

Nurses Rally Against Understaffing Crisis

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According to the LA Weekly, major unions, like the county Federation of Labor, have a history of losing the mayor's race.

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Today is Friday, May 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A piece in the LA Weekly notes that not only did labor lose this mayoral election but it has a history of doing so. "(Wendy) Greuel's defeat is the latest chapter in a tale of futility stretching back to the 1940s," according to the piece.

A lawsuit that accused City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer of violating the city's ethics laws was tossed out of court, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This complaint is merely a politically motivated complaint meant to chill the political speech of a rival," the judge wrote in his ruling.

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