L.A. Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra will be on hand as an official party surrogate at Thursday's VP debate.
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are in Danville, Kentucky for this year’s only Vice Presidential debate. A Southern California Congressman is also on hand to offer his party’s take on the performance.
For reporters covering a debate, the action begins after the two candidates have shaken hands and God blessed America. A room adjacent to the debate hall is filled with prominent Democrats and Republicans waiting to give their take on the night’s events.
Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles is one of those folks in Kentucky. He says obviously the candidates can’t be out there to respond to everyone, so they ask people like him to be on site and play Spin the Press.
Becerra says surrogates get a summary of some of the issues that are likely to come up in the debate and statements the candidate has made in the past. But he says he doesn’t need a list of talking points: "I’ve been around just long enough that I know most of these issues well enough that I usually can express myself with my own words without having to rely on someone else trying to feed me them."
Becerra says he expects to spend quite a bit of time speaking with Spanish-language media covering the debate.
Civil rights attorney Molly Munger is the author and main financial backer of Proposition 38. She is also financing an ad campaign attacking Gov. Brown's competing measure, Proposition 30.
Propositions 30 and 38 — the competing measures on the November ballot that promise to fund California schools — had been running polite campaigns, with neither side attacking the other. But the Prop 38 campaign has broken that tenuous peace with a TV ad that aims to cripple its counterpart.
Teachers unions are backing Prop 30 — Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to temporarily raise the sales tax and income taxes on high earners to prevent billions in education cuts next year. The PTA endorses Prop 38 — a sliding-scale income tax hike that would funnel money into a fund for public schools and early childhood programs.
Many supporters in each camp have been planning to vote for both because if either proposition passes, that’s better for schools than if both fail. But Prop 38 author Molly Munger forced people to choose sides this week when she launched an ad condemning the Governor’s tax plan.
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Workers sorts mailed in ballots at the County of Orange Registrar of Voters in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008.
While groups like Why Tuesday fight hard to advocate alternative ways for voters to cast their ballots, some areas like Orange County have instituted early voting. Unfortunately only few voters showed up yesterday Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office to take advantage of the convenience. All Orange County registered voters can vote early.
"Voters came to our office in Santa Ana and we assisted 75 at our front counter," the OC Registrar of Voters’ posted on their website. "The majority of these voters requested a ballot to vote immediately because they will be traveling and out of town on Election Day."
Starting October 22, early voting expands to several locations around Orange County:
200 S. Anaheim Boulevard, #217
Anaheim, CA 92805
Mon-Fri [8a-5p] CLOSED WEEKENDS
Located at the City Clerk counter on second level. Park on level 2B of the City Hall East parking structure and cross at the pedestrian bridge.
Update 12:15 pm: Lunch rush
The lunch crowd is here in force, shuffling the sawdust around Philippe's floor and upping the chatter quotient. We're wrapping up for the day, but check our That's My Issue section for updates on our next stop. We've been looking at a few cafes and meeting spots around South Los Angeles who'd be willing to host us next time. Any suggestions?
Update 12:00 pm: Gay Marriage
Michael Lewis, a former supporter of President Barack Obama, says he'll be sitting this election out. Lewis says he feels the President's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act caused him to reconsider his vote.
"My position is in alignment with the Bible," he says. "The Bible says that God wants a marriage between a man and a woman, so I withdrew my vote."
Lewis says he has a number of gay and lesbian friends, but says his beliefs have nothing to do with his feelings about individuals. "Nobody should judge anybody," Lewis says.
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The city of Los Angeles is looking to create a database so Angelenos can figure out if they're entitled to a refund on disputed parking tickets.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian wants the city to put together a database of Angelenos who are owed refunds on their parking tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. As it is now, if the refunds are unclaimed, the city takes the money and puts it back into its own budget.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey has a fundraising lead over Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, reports the LA Weekly. Over the last three months, Lacey raised $565,000 for her campaign for district attorney. That's compared to Jackson's $180,000.