Republican Congressman Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita chairs the House Armed Services Committee.
Congress returns to work next week, trying to find an alternative to mandatory budget cuts called “sequestration.” That's the penalty Congressional negotiators came up with if Democrats and Republicans can’t find a way to trim the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over a decade. Half those cuts will come from the defense department.
Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) chairs the House Armed Services Committee. He says cutting the military that much would be “terrible.” He blames President Obama for a lack of leadership. As Commander in Chief, McKeon says "he’s the one that should care the most about the troops and he’s using them as pawns." McKeon says he hasn't heard the President talk about defense until the past week, "and they’re the ones that are impacted the most by this.”
McKeon says Congress could buy time by passing his bill – which would use attrition to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. He says the savings would only cover the first year of scheduled defense cuts, but that would give Congress several months to find a more permanent solution.
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La Opinion endorses City Councilman Eric Garcetti for mayor.
La Opinión, the largest and oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the L.A. region, has endorsed City Councilman Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor.
The editorial called Garcetti the best candidate to develop jobs within the city's manufacturing, tourism, retail and entertainment industries. It also said he was most prepared to lead reforms of the city's budget and pension system.
Garcetti, whose paternal grandfather was from Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish. He has a few endorsements from prominent Latinos, including former State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and former Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante. However, many more of the area's top Latino leaders, including County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Assembly Speaker John Pérez, have endorsed City Controller Wendy Greuel.
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A view of the California State Capitol Feb. 19, 2009 in Sacramento.
Central Valley state Senator Michael Rubio abruptly resigned Friday to head California governmental affairs at Chevron.
With two state Senate seats already vacant, Rubio’s departure pushes Democrats’ numbers below the two-thirds majority they need to raise taxes without Republican support or override a gubernatorial veto.
That is, until, or if, another Democrat wins a senate seat—and that could be as early as 3 weeks from now:
Assemblyman Ben Hueso stands a strong chance of winning a March 12 primary for state Senate District 40 in San Diego, vacated by Juan Vargas. If he does Senate Democrats regain the majority.
Torrance Assemblywoman Norma Torres, is considered less likely to her primary election for the Riverside senate seat vacated by Gloria Negrete Mcleod. But even with a runoff in Senate District 32—Democrats would hold onto their two-thirds majority until… Senator Curren Price leaves to take a seat on the LA City Council, presuming he wins.
Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Ontario) says Republican opposition to a path to citizenship is likely based on how new citizens may vote.
It’s often said that trying to keep Democrats together is like herding cats. That’s true with California's Congressional delegation — at least on some immigration issues.
Democrats sometimes sound like they’re reading off the same page. Literally. Henry Waxman of Los Angeles says a comprehensive immigration bill "should give people a pathway to citizenship." Judy Chu of Monterey Park says "immigration reform must have a roadmap to citizenship." Adam Schiff of Burbank: "There has to be some pathway to citizenship for them."
Democrats have made a path to citizenship the centerpiece of comprehensive immigration reform. But two of the newest California Democrats on Capitol Hill aren’t ready to walk that path just yet.
Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod, who represents the Ontario area, says she has to give "some thought" to granting citizenship rather than legal status to the undocumented. She reflects about people in the U.S. who have green cards.
The Los Angeles Times looks at how Eric Garcetti handled labor negotiations when he was the city council president.
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Today is Friday, Feb. 22, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Times looks at the role Eric Garcetti played in negotiations with labor groups back when he was council president. "Critics find Garcetti too malleable, ready to shift to the last argument he has heard. But others appreciate his quest for the middle, saying the fact he sometimes irritated both budget hard-liners and unions showed he had taken a reasoned approach," according to the newspaper.
The LA Weekly profiles Emanuel Pleitez as the "most amazing person" who won't win the mayoral primary.