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Senate counters Governor's funding plan for disadvantaged students

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State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, second from left, discusses Gov. Jerry Brown's education plans, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 25, 2013.

State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Thursday unveiled a funding plan for schools that  had already drawn the ire of Governor Jerry Brown.

Brown wants to make sure disadvantaged students get more of the funding pie, but the Senate disagrees with the formula the governor wants to use.  

Brown's plan would provide districts with funds for each disadvantaged student. Additional funds would go to districts with a majority of impoverished students.

The Democratic senate leader said those extra district funds are where he and the governor differ. 

“We are concerned about the same kids he’s concerned about,” Steinberg said.  “Under his formula there are thousands of kids that remain invisible.”

Those “thousands of kids” live in pockets of poverty in otherwise well-off districts, Steinberg said.  “They’re not getting the additional money.”


Greuel, Garcetti camps at odds over poll results


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Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, seen here at Monday's mayoral debate, are each touting different polls that favor their campaigns.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013A poll released by Survey USA Thursday shows Wendy Greuel leading in the mayor's race by three points— a much different conclusion than one drawn by a USC/Los Angeles Times poll released earlier this week. 

According to Survey USA, Greuel leads Eric Garcetti by 45 percent to 42 percent. The results are based on phone surveys with 486 likely voters completed this week.  It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

It's a dramatic shift from the USC/LA Times poll that found Garcetti at 50 percent, compared to Greuel's 40 percent. However, between the time that the polls were conducted, Greuel has released three television commercials and had a visit from former President Bill Clinton. 

Still, the disparity was enough that it caused the Greuel campaign to address its previous criticism of Survey USA results.


LA Mayor Villaraigosa in DC: talking terrorism and immigration reform

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington for what could be his final official visit to the nation's capitol.

Antonio Villaraigosa is making one of his last trips to Washington as Mayor of Los Angeles. He's here to remind the Homeland Security secretary that L.A. is a terrorism target, too.

When the bombs went off in Boston last week, Villaraigosa recalled standing at the finish line of the L.A. Marathon last month.

"I did think a lot about what could have happened in our own city, " said Villaraigosa, who added that L.A. has beefed up police presence at sporting events.

Now he's in Washington, meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, reminding her that L.A. is the nation's second largest city. It's home to the largest port in the U.S., and Hollywood, he said, is the face of culture in America.

"By every measure, we are the number two target," Villaraigosa said. "And that means we have to have our share of the resources that we need to protect the residents of our city."

Villaraigosa said it doesn't matter if there's a Democrat or a Republican in the White House — when it comes to a perceived threat from terrorism, there's an east coast bias in Washington: "There's always been. There's no question about it."


Maven's Morning Coffee: 405 project gets delayed, more ambulances for LAFD, Leimert Park might get its Metro stop


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Construction on the San Diego (405) Freeway will take a year longer than expected and cost another $100 million.

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Today is Thursday, April 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The widening of the San Diego (405) Freeway will take a year longer than expected and cost an extra $100 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The performance of contractors has left a lot to be desired. … They've shown a complete lack of sensitivity and empathy for the community in which they're doing the work," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Fire Chief Brian Cummings is moving ahead with a plan to add ambulances at 11 stations throughout the city, reports the Daily News. The president of the firefighters' union calls the plan "reckless" because it will move firefighters to other duties.


Immigration proposals moving quickly on Capitol Hill

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to offer amendments to the 844 page immigration reform bill beginning tomorrow. But that's not the only action on immigration this week.

Democratic negotiators on the House side briefed their fellow Democrats today on progress on a House immigration bill. Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra, one of those working on a bill, says the eight House negotiators "continues to work well."

The briefing packet included a list of new polls showing support for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship.

Tomorrow, an unlikely group of immigration reformers that includes anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host a conference call to unveil the results of another poll showing Republican voter attitudes on immigration.