Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new Los Angeles County District Attorney.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A poll by Loyola Marymount University found Angelenos were more supportive of former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension plan than a proposal to increase the city sales tax, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new district attorney for Los Angeles County. "“It hardly seems real. I praise God for the journey as well as the victory," she said at her inauguration, reports KPCC.
Assemblyman Mike Feuer was injured in a car crash on his way to Jackie Lacey's ceremony, reports KPCC. His political consultant says he will remain hospitalized for a few days.
Courtesy Mike Feuer
Assemblyman Mike Feuer was hospitalized Monday after his car was struck by a truck that allegedly ran a red light. His campaign consultant says he will remain in the hospital for the next few days.
State Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, was hospitalized Monday after the car he was driving was hit by a truck, according to his political consultant.
The assemblyman was driving a Toyota Prius on his way to L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s swearing-in ceremony when another driver ran a red light and crashed into his car.
“Mr. Feuer did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. However, he will stay in the hospital for the new few days,” said consultant John Shallman. “Mr. Feuer is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. The Feuer family thanks the media and public for respecting their privacy.”
No other details on the crash were immediately available.
Feuer is a candidate for Los Angeles city attorney. He will face incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in the March primary. He previously served on the Los Angeles City Council.
Courtesy California State Assembly, Democratic Caucus
California Assembly Speaker John Perez promised newly sworn-in Republicans in Sacramento that he and fellow Democrats won't abuse their first dual-house supermajority in decades.
The Assembly swore in 38 new members to replace nearly half that legislative body. Most of the newbies are Democrats who gave their party the two-thirds majority needed to pass taxes without Republican votes.
Directly after members took the oath of office, Assembly Speaker John Perez tried to reassure the minority party.
“For those Republican members that are new to the Assembly, I want to state clearly that your voice is welcome, your contributions are desired, and your act of service is needed.” Perez said.
But incoming Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Riverside County says she harbors no illusions about the challenges ahead.
“Clearly there’s a bit of disparity between the numbers in each party. That’s the big white elephant in the room. And that’s fine. But I think as Republicans our job is to stand up for our constituents and not betray our party policies but not be obstructionist, and come to it with an open mind.”
Melendez - a former mayor of Lake Elsinore, U. S. Navy veteran and mother of 5 - plans to look for common ground with Democrats. She might find it around the goal of lowering her district’s 12 percent unemployment rate - one of the highest in the state. Democrats have said they’ll also focus this year on getting Californians back to work.
San Diego’s new mayor takes the oath of office this morning in Balboa Park. He’s only the second Democrat in four decades to hold that job. The city’s new chief executive is a familiar face on Capitol Hill.
Bob Filner spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, leaving as the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He says he retired because it’s difficult to get things done in Congress, particularly when you’re in the minority party. Filner says the chief executive of the nation’s 8th largest city has a better shot at accomplishing something.
He places job creation at the top of his “to do” list. And he wants the city to focus on its neighborhoods. He says the city's attention for the last two decades has been on downtown redevelopment, "and all the infrastructure of our neighborhoods has been neglected and people feel left out."
LA County Sheriff's Dept.
A committee called Friends of John Noguez is asking supporters to support the imprisoned assessor's birthday by raising money for his bail.
Imprisoned county Assessor John Noguez just had a birthday and his supporters say that the perfect gift this year would be bail money.
An email from Friends of John Noguez asks supporters to send in $99 to go toward Noguez’s $1.16 million bail. He is being held on 24 counts of bribery, perjury, conspiracy and misappropriation by a public officer.
So, why give just $99? Because then supporters’ names won’t appear on public financial records, the committee says.
“Some of you have questions about donations given that there are certain reporters who are aggressively contacting anyone who is supportive of John. We all want to respect each other’s privacy, especially as private individuals who are not public officials,” according to the email.
The group then goes on to bash journalists for covering the story.