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Jan Perry endorses Curren Price for South LA council seat

Jan Perry, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

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L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry has endorsed state Sen. Curren Price, who is hoping to be elected to the seat Perry has represented for a dozen years.

State Sen. Curren Price's city council campaign was endorsed Wednesday by Councilwoman Jan Perry, who cited promises of economic development in South Los Angeles as the reason for her support. 

Perry is termed out of her Ninth District seat after 12 years in office. Price and Ana Cubas are running to replace her in the May 21st runoff. 

"Curren has pledged to right the disparity that has resulted from redistricting and will work to restore the revenue connection between the southern portion of the district and downtown," Perry said in a statement. "This connection will ensure the economic future of our neighborhoods and is an important promise that will help support the people of the Ninth District today and in the future."

During the most recent round of redistricting, the Ninth District was stripped of almost all of its downtown assets. The councilwoman has frequently said downtown developments were crucial to South L.A. because they generated jobs as well as dollars for public housing projects.


CA's High-Speed Rail Authority needs loan to mitigate legal delays

A State Assembly budget committee voted Wednesday to approve a loan for the High-Speed Rail Authority. 

The $26.2 million would cover operating costs for the agency that's building California’s bullet train while it seeks to resolve legal challenges over its use of voter-approved bonds. 

In 2008, Californians approved Proposition 1A, authorizing the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to build a bullet train that speeds riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in  less than three hours.

But critics say the High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest plan for the project won’t provide that fast of a ride.  

“They are claiming that they can still meet the two hours and forty minutes, but they don’t have any evidence to show that,” said attorney Stu Flashman, who’s suing the state on behalf of various cities and environmental groups to stop the project. 


Eric Garcetti avoids schoolyard tussle with Wendy Greuel

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Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel say they both want to debate public education but for now, they can't agree on the logistics.

Wendy Greuel's campaign sent this photo from Camino Nuevo Charter High School via social media Wednesday afternoon with the message: "For me, education is personal, not a political issue. I'm ready to debate today — Eric Garcetti, will you join me?"

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013It had all the hallmarks of a playground throw down: Meet me in two hours and we'll settle this... 

On the heels of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling on the two mayoral candidates to step up and communicate their education platforms during his State of the City address Tuesday night, Wendy Greuel stepped up with a challenge to Eric Garcetti.

In a press release emailed at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, Greuel's campaign invited Garcetti to meet her for a debate at 2:15 at Camino Nuevo Charter High School, where she already had an appearance planned with LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia.

A spokesman for Garcetti declined, saying he would keep his previously scheduled 2 p.m. news conference. 

"This is another political stunt from [City] Controller Greuel," said campaign spokesman Jeff Millman, "just like her claim to have found $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse.  Let's end the political games and get serious about education." 


#DearMayor Live from North Hollywood: What should the next mayor do first?

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Jacob Shideler tells us what he would like the next mayor of Los Angeles to focus on.

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KPCC forum producer Elaine Cha speaks with Marc Wada, a patron at Republic of Pie in the NoHo Arts District.

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Oakwood High School students Elena Dole, Maxx Vogel and Lily Harris tell the future mayor what they'd like to see done at our event at Republic of Pie in North Hollywood.

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KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze speaks with David Wurmlinger, an actor, at our Dear Mayor event at Republic of Pie in North Hollywood.

Dear Mayor landing page2:30 p.m.: A final pie to go

That'll do it for our town hall today. Come talk to us next week in Westchester, when we'll be at The Coffee Company. Bring your issues for L.A.'s next mayor, and your appetite!

2:15 p.m.: Dear Mayor, keep Metro's expansion on track

Connie Ho came from Alhambra to talk to us about what she wants from the next mayor, but her thoughts reflect many we heard in NoHo as well. 

"The thing that I want the next mayor to address is public transportation." Specifically, the expansion of L.A.'s Metro system. 

1: 55 p.m.: Dear Mayor, the bus system is getting worse

We've from a lot of people about the need to ramp up L.A.'s public transportation system. But Robert Stokoe, 77, says he doesn't want to see the bus system – on which he and many others rely – suffer as more money goes toward subways. 


Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor calls for education platform, LAX plans get OK, councilman goes after 'swatting'

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In his State of the City address, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on the mayoral candidates to present real education platforms.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his State of the City address at UCLA. He used the speech to discuss his legacy and call out Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel for not presenting clear education platforms. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times. 

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According to LA School Report, following the mayor's speech, Eric Garcetti called for a mayoral debate focused on education. "We agree that education has to be seriously debated in this campaign," a Garcetti spokesman said.