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Texas Gov. Rick Perry attends a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is airing radio ads in California to convince companies here to relocate to the Lone Star state.
A public-private marketing partnership called TexasOne is paying for the 30-second advertisement that touts Texas's low taxes and industry-friendly regulations along with strict limits on lawsuits.
In the ad, Perry says that he hears "building a business in California is next to impossible." He calls on California businesses to "come check out Texas."
The ads will air in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego media markets for a week.
Perry regularly travels to California to convince companies to move their operations to Texas. The governor likes to brag that Texas has the fastest growing job market in the nation.
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Early voting in the March 5 primary begins this week for Los Angeles voters.
Early voting for L.A.'s municipal election has begun.
Registered absentee voters could see ballots arrive in their mailboxes as early as this week. Voters can apply for a mail-in ballot until Feb. 26. The ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day, March 5.
Applications for absentee ballots can be found on the back of the Official Sample Ballot that is sent to all registered voters.
The spring primary includes elections for the mayor’s office, city attorney, controller and half of the Los Angeles City Council. Voters will also be asked to take a position on a half-cent sales tax increase and a slight change in police officers’ pensions.
A report from L.A. County finds LAX officials have not done enough to disperse air traffic throughout the region, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 4 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles World Airports has only made "token efforts" to disperse commercial traffic to other airports, which is required by a 2006 agreement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Also, the Board of Airport Commissioners will vote tomorrow on a recommendation to move the airport's northern runway 260 feet to the north.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he won't leave for Washington, D.C., or any other job, before his term is up on June 30, reports Politico. Villaraigosa's name has come up as a possible replacement for outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (right) with Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
It’s a big deal to be the Majority Whip, the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives. Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy is the current Whip. But another Kevin is casting a dark shadow over the job. Actor Kevin Spacey picked up some insider tips from the real-life Whip for his lead role in the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.”
"House of Cards" is an American version of the BBC drama of the same name. In it, Spacey introduces his Washington to the audience, calling himself "the lowly House Majority Whip" who keeps things moving in a Congress "choked by pettiness and lassitude." The Whip's job description, Spacey's character says, is to "clear the pipes and keep the sludge moving."
Spacey visited Washington to pick the brain of the real Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, who gave the actor a tour of the Capitol and accompanied him onto the House floor, discussing the Whip’s day-to-day responsibilities.
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Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti and city attorney hopeful Mike Feuer were each endorsed by UTLA Thursday.
The union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers has weighed in on the city’s March 5 municipal election and backed Eric Garcetti for mayor.
The governing body of United Teachers Los Angeles voted 146 to 12 to back the councilman’s campaign. Unlike other big city mayors, such as New York and Chicago, the mayor of Los Angeles does not have control over the public school district. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tried to change that during his tenure, ultimately with limited success. (An organization he created, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, manages 22 schools.)
“We look forward to working with Eric Garcetti as mayor," said UTLA President Warren Fletcher. "He listens to teachers. He understands the importance of our expertise and our commitment to educating students.”