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House GOP 'Gang of Eight' members threaten to quit immigration talks (UPDATED)

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UFW President Arturo Rodgriguez listens to Rep. Zoe Lofgren at House immigration hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee gets back to work today on amendments to an 844-page immigration bill.The measure was crafted by a so-called “Gang of Eight” senators who pounded out a bi-partisan compromise. But over on the House side, a similar group appears to be falling apart.

Both House Democrats and Republicans say their working group is 95% of the way to an agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill.

But there’s deep disagreement over health care costs and a Senate compromise between unions and the Chamber of Commerce to include both high tech and low-skilled worker visas. GOP Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho says he’s willing to walk away from the table: "You just need to ask the Democrats if they are willing to — actually for the first time — put Hispanic groups ahead of the unions and ahead of Obamacare."


Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates target Latino voters, city budget gets preliminary approval, spending hits new record in city election


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A new commercial from an outside group accuses Wendy Greuel of supporting Proposition 187 back in the 1990s -- something the candidate denies. Another group released an ad Thursday that says Eric Garcetti ran Latinos out of Hollywood with gentrification.

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Today is Thursday, May 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


New ads in the mayor's race have gone negative -- and they're targeting the Latino community, reports the Los Angeles Times. One ad from a political action committee supporting Eric Garcetti, which can be seen at KPCC, accuses Wendy Greuel of supporting Proposition 187 back in the 1990s. "In a separate Spanish-language TV ad scheduled to air Thursday, candidate Eric Garcetti is accused of wearing a 'Latino mask' and forcing working-class Latinos out of Hollywood during his revitalization efforts there," per The Times.


#DearMayor Live from Eagle Rock: What should the next mayor do first?

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David Valdez, who works in the visual effects industry, speaks with KPCC forum producer Elaine Cha at Auntie Em's Kitchen and Bakery in Eagle Rock.

Dear Mayor Eagle Rock

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Samantha Smith speaks with KPCC reporters at Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock during a #DearMayor event.


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Mark Reitman of Highland Park tells what he'd like to see from the next mayor of L.A.

Dear Mayor Eagle Rock

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Jessica Goodheart speaks with Frank Stoltze during a #DearMayor event at Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock.

Dear Mayor landing page2:12 p.m. Thanks for coming out everyone! We're ending this one on a sweet note! 

1:54 p.m. We want to feel safe when biking around town. 

Glassell Park resident Jennifer Campbell frequently rides her bicycle along the L.A. River but would love to feel safer in certain parts of town like Silverlake and Pasadena.

"There is a will; there just needs to be leadership," she said. 

And she wasn't the only one who wanted the next mayor of L.A. to focus on this issue. There were lots of folks today who shared that same sentiment. 


LA mayor's Race: Record-setting PAC spending funds person-to-person ground campaign

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Canvasser Miguel Morales shares dinner with fellow campaign workers at a campaign field office paid for by an independent group supporting mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti.

Independent groups have spent a record $18 million dollars on Los Angeles city and school board races -- nearly three times the previous high set in 2011.

Most of the money paid for campaign mailers, and TV and radio ads. A big portion of the rest went to voter outreach.

With only a few days left before Los Angeles chooses its next mayor, campaign worker Eleanor Ramos told her team of paid precinct walkers that they may face people who are tired of being hit up for their vote. But she encouraged them to press the message for Wendy Greuel anyway.
"That sixty seconds at the door is all you need" to win a vote for the City Controller's campaign, Ramos said.
These workers are among hundreds of paid and volunteer foot soldiers in ground campaigns that are financed by political action committees--or PACs. These groups can raise and spend unlimited dollars to influence a campaign.


#DearMayor: KPCC is hitting the streets of Eagle Rock

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KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze speaks with John Stocking, owner of Republic of Pie in the NoHo Arts District, at our Dear Mayor event.

The L.A. mayoral race between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti is heating up. And with less than one week left before election day, KPCC wants to know what you want the new mayor to work on first. 

We've already been compiling your priorities online and in person at cafes around Los Angeles. There's even a map that illustrates your suggestions according to topic and location. 

But we're not done yet. This Thursday, we'll be at Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hear more.

Stop by, say hi, and let us know: What issues would YOU want to see the next mayor of L.A. tackle first?

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Can't make it? Whether it be education or road improvements, tweet us your priorities @KPCC with the hashtag #DearMayor or leave us a comment on Facebook

You can also contribute your thoughts online.