Courtesy Chin Ho Liao campaign
Councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao placed second in the unofficial vote totals from San Gabriel's March 5 election to fill three council seats.
The San Gabriel City Council will review a resident's complaint that a councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao does not live in the city and should not be sworn in to office Tuesday evening.
Liao placed second in the unofficial vote totals from San Gabriel's March 5 election to fill three council seats. The retired nuclear engineer has long lived in unincorporated territory just outside the city.
Before the election, Liao told the Pasadena Star News he moved to an apartment within city borders six months earlier. Fred Paine, the San Gabriel resident who filed the challenge, said Liao made a similar move into a city apartment in 2011 when he ran for the council, returning to his house outside the city after he lost. The city received the challenge March 19.
The City Council had been scheduled to certify the election results and swear in new members Jason Pu, Liao and incumbent Kevin Sawkins that evening, but cancelled those actions pending review of a complaint made to city officials and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to retire. Also, the Daily News editorial board looks at his leadership potential for the future.
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Today is Monday, March 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mickey Kantor looks at the city's finances, the state gets a tab for special elections, and Matt Szabo returns to City Hall.
Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to retire because he became a political liability, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Tanaka has not ruled out running for sheriff himself, challenging his boss in the 2014 election," according to the newspaper.
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A display of political buttons opposing Proposition 8 during a 2010 San Francisco rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to one man and one woman. The following day, the justices will hear arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
Word of commitment
The Proposition 8 case is Hollingsworth v. Perry. "Perry" is Kris Perry, half of a lesbian couple from the Bay area.
But there’s another couple in the suit: a gay couple from Southern California, fitness instructor Paul Katami and multiplex theater manager Jeff Zarillo. It’s been a long four-year journey through the courts for the two men.
In a conference call with reporters, Zarillo said the case brought the couple closer together, and made them want even more to claim the title “married.”
"Having access to that language, it affirms the commitment that we have built," said Zarillo. "That word is so important and if it wasn’t so important, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation."
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For many students, paying tuition to attend UCLA or any college requires a loan that takes years to pay off. A bill before Congress could make it easier to clear away student loan debt.
Americans owe more on student loans than on cars or credit cards—more than $1 trillion dollars.
That statistic has been floating around for three years or more. Now an L.A. lawmaker has introduced the first House bill in the new Congress to address the student loan debt problem.
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) is sponsoring the Student Loan Fairness Act. The measure would permanently cap federal student loans at their current levels of 3.4 percent.
Repayment would be spread over 10 years at a rate of 10 percent of discretionary income. After that, the slate is wiped clean, with the federal government picking up the tab for the remainder of the loan amount.
Bass calls her student loan debt relief bill "the most appropriate expense we can make as a nation."
Bass says the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t yet come up with the exact cost of the program, but that cost is likely to scare off GOP support. So she's enlisting students to put pressure on her House colleagues, inviting the public to become “citizen co-sponsors” of the measure.
L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge was roasted at the annual political event Thursday evening but aside from a few jokes about pumpkin bread and his habit of asking where everyone went to high school, most of the night's jokes focused on the May 21 election.
The annual political roast to raise money for the American Diabetes Association targeted Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge Thursday evening, but with the two mayoral candidates serving as the roasters, the night had more fizzle than sizzle.
More than 850 people packed into a ballroom at the Beverly Hilton to raise about $500,000 at the 16th annual event hosted by lobbyists Harvey Englander and Arnie Berghoff and Councilman Mitch Englander.
The main event featured roasts from Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti. And while their digs focused more on the mayor’s race than LaBonge, it remained pretty tame.