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Dianne Feinstein's amendment to reinstate assault weapons ban fails

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) takes to Senate floor

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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), see her in a file photo, saw her assault weapons ban go down in a 60-40 vote Wednesday.

Just after the U.S. Senate voted down a measure Wednesday afternoon to expand background checks for gun buyers, it also voted against California Senator Dianne Feinstein's amendment to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

Feinstein's amendment had not been expected to pass. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) knew weeks ago there weren't enough votes for the assault weapons ban, so he removed it from the main gun control bill.

The final vote on Feinstein's amendment was 60-40 against passage.

Feinstein issued this statement after Tuesday's vote:

            “I’m disappointed by today’s vote, but I always knew this was an uphill battle. I believe the American people are far ahead of their elected officials on this issue, and I will continue to fight for a renewed ban on assault weapons.

           “The very fact that we’re debating gun violence on the Senate floor is a step in the right direction, and I hope my colleagues vote their conscience and approve the underlying bill. But I’m certain that in the coming months and years, we will be forced to confront by other incidents like Newtown, where innocents are murdered with one of these weapons of war. 

          “I will carry on this fight against military-style assault weapons, and I ask of the American people that they continue to pressure their elected officials to take action. It’s long overdue that we take serious steps to remove these dangerous firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines from society.” 


Compton mayor's race: Aja Brown to face Omar Bradley in June runoff

Aja Brown

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Aja Brown was the top finisher in the Compton mayoral primary race. She advances to the June 4 runoff election against former mayor Omar Bradley.

Omar Bradley

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Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley, who was voted out of office in 2001, is attempting a political comeback. His 2004 conviction on charges of misusing city funds was overturned by an appeals court last year.

After Tuesday's primary election in Compton, preliminary results indicate voters will face a choice  between a newcomer and an old, familiar name in the June mayoral runoff election for mayor.

Three-time incumbent Mayor Eric Perrodin placed third Tuesday among 12 mayoral candidates, so he will be out of office in July, leaving his successor to deal with a $45 million deficit.

The newcomer advancing to the June runoff is Aja Brown, 31, an activist and urban planner. She won the top spot with endorsements from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the County Federation of Labor and the California Democratic Party.

She will run against former Mayor Omar Bradley, whose 2004 conviction on charges of misusing city funds was overturned by an appeals court last year. Bradley held office from 1993-2001, when he was defeated by Perrodin.


Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race goes negative, city attorney settles his own dispute, Prop D supporters launch campaign

Eric Garcetti Election Campaign

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A website knocking Eric Garcetti for being a trust fund kid who has never had a job went dark after the Daily News called the Wendy Greuel campaign for comment.

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Emily's List donated $400,000 to an independent committee supporting Wendy Greuel, reports KPCC. In 2012, Women Vote spent more than $10 million for and against federal candidates.

A website criticizing mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti as "a trust fund kid who never had to work a day in his life" went dark after the Daily News asked the Wendy Greuel campaign about the site. A disclaimer on the website identified it as paid for by the Greuel campaign. "Shortly after the Daily News asked the Greuel campaign about the site, a password system was put in place, making the pages inaccessible," according to the newspaper.


AEG's bid to manage convention center hits a snag


This is AEG's rendering of what the Los Angeles Convention Center could look like after Farmers Field is built. Independent of that construction, AEG Facilities has applied to manage the convention center.

The City of Los Angeles and an affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group have a difference of opinion over the company's application to manage and operate the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to a report released Tuesday. 

For years, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has sought to turn over management of the convention center to a private operator. At the same time, AEG proposed demolishing an existing wing of the center to make way for the Farmers Field football stadium. New convention space would be built near the South Hall. Those construction plans are contingent on the NFL agreeing to move a team to Los Angeles. 

AEG Facilities was one of two firms that responded to the city's request for a management proposal last December. Part of the application asked for financial information, including several years of  income statements, balance and cash flow statements, and credit reports. AEG management responded that, as a private company, it does not release financial information. 


Emily's List backs Gruel with $400,000 for independent campaign

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel Campaign

The campaign of L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel is getting support from the national women's advocacy group, Emily's List.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013The women's political advocacy group Emily's List last month endorsed Wendy Greuel for L.A. mayor — and now it's backing up that support with $400,000. 

Women Vote, the Washington-based political action committee run by Emily's List, made the donation to a new independent committee, "California Women Vote to Support Greuel for Mayor 2013."

Under city and federal campaign rules, independent expenditure committees can spend unlimited amounts in political races as long as they don't coordinate with a candidate's campaign.

Women Vote spent more than $10 million in 2012 for and against federal candidates. 

Greuel's opponent, Eric Garcetti, has been endorsed by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women.