It's that time of year again: Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has sent out her annual holiday card.
Uptight Capitol Hill has had a conniption fit in years past over Sanchez's choice of pictures for her seasons greetings — the Congresswoman astride a motorcycle or posing with her beloved cat Gretzky on her lap.
This year's card features the Anaheim Congresswoman and husband Jack Einwechter and a message that's an optimistic riff on the current deficit reduction negotiations: "May you dance with joy this holiday season (just not too close to fiscal cliffs)." There's also a nod to the late Gretzky, now sporting a halo.
The card design and postage are paid for by campaign contributions, though most cards are sent out by e-mail.
The card may be all that friends and family see of Sanchez this holiday. Congressional leaders are warning members they may be back at work the week between Christmas and New Year's, voting on budget cuts and/or tax increases to avoid that fiscal cliff.
The Central City Association backs Councilmen Paul Koretz and Joe Buscaino for re-election.
A downtown pro-business group on Thursday endorsed two incumbents and five candidates for open seats in the Los Angeles City Council 2013 race.
The Central City Association endorsed councilmen Paul Koretz and Joe Buscaino for re-election.
“The council members have proven to be effective leaders who have helped us to create jobs and housing throughout Los Angeles,” said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association.
In races where there are open seats, CCA endorsed:
- Gil Cedillo, First District
- Bob Blumenfield, Third District
- Felipe Fuentes, Seventh District
- David Roberts, Ninth District (includes a portion of downtown)
- Mike Bonin, Eleventh District
The primary for all of those seats is set for March 5, 2013. Most of downtown is in District 14, which is represented by José Huizar, who is not up for re-election.
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Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer, according to his doctor.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Treatment is expected to be complete in four weeks, reports KPCC.
Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton says now is the time to update Prop 13. "But anytime a thoughtful politician has had the courage to suggest tinkering, there have been howls from homeowners — egged on by anti-tax pros — who fret that their low property assessments are going to skyrocket," he writes.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads a state that cast fewer votes for President Barack Obama than voters in Los Angeles County.
All the votes cast for President Barack Obama in Los Angeles County add up to more than he got in all of New Jersey, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.
But New Jersey isn't alone — it's just one of 42 states that L.A. County outnumbered in terms of votes for the President.
Obama received 2,216,903 votes from Los Angeles County, and 2,122,786 from New Jersey residents. So what, you say? (Actually, that was my first thought when my editor suggested I write about this.)
Let's face it. L.A. is a big, crowded place, with an economy that outrstrips entire nations. The sheer volume of just about anything we do here would seem to have lost its newsworthiness.
You want numbers? I gotcha numbers right heah, I say in a fake New Jersey accent.
L.A. County residents cast 885,333 votes for Mitt Romney. The entire population of New Jersey's five biggest cities — Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Edison — is only 10,500 more than that.
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California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan Oct. 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early stage prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday.
The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course of conventional radiotherapy for "localized prostate cancer," the statement said.
Brown's "prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects," University of California, San Francisco oncologist Eric Small said.
The radiation treatment will be completed the week of Jan. 7 — nearly four weeks from now — and Brown will continue to work a full schedule, the statement said.
Brown's spokesman Gil Duran declined further comment.
It is the governor's second bout with cancer. He underwent minor surgery in spring 2011 to remove a cancerous growth on his nose. He was put under local anesthetic and doctors removed basal cell carcinoma, a common, slow-growing form of skin cancer, from the right side of his nose.