Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton has tough questions for Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel on gangs, the Port of Los Angeles, and political independence.
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Today is Monday, March 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, consultant John Shallman congratulates his clients on their success, two Assemblymen easily advance to the Los Angeles City Council, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa takes a few victory laps.
Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton says he wants to hear from Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti on gangs, the Port of Los Angeles and political independence. "These two candidates have shown a penchant for caution, for soft responses to hard questions. One result is a disillusioned and disengaged electorate, where most voters ignore the campaign and special interests thus have outsized influence," Newton writes.
The 2012 election was only five months ago, but already California's congressional freshmen are off and running for 2014.
It seems Californians cast ballots in 2012 Congressional races only a few weeks back, but the race for 2014 has already begun.
This week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled its list of 26 vulnerable incumbents the party will support with fundraising and outreach support. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel says the so-called "Frontline Program" will "multiply members’ strengths, and make sure they are positioned to compete and win.”
Of the 26, five are California members of Congress: four freshmen—Ami Bera of Sacramento, Julia Brownley of Ventura, Scott Peters of San Diego, and Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs—plus incumbent Lois Capps of Santa Barbara.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it's "playing offensive" in the upcoming off-year election. The NRCC picked 45 Democrats to target, including seven in California.
A new budget report suggests the deficit for fiscal year 2013-14 has dropped -- to $150 million. Drastic cuts remain on the table.
Despite a reduction in pension costs and signs that revenues to the city of Los Angeles are improving, closing a multimillion-dollar deficit remains “a daunting challenge,” according to a new report. One councilman is suggesting that could result in extending a hiring freeze to the Los Angeles Police Department.
City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Friday submitted an update on the fiscal year 2013-14, which starts on July 1. In it, he suggests that the $216 million deficit has dropped to somewhere between $165 million and $150 million, which he attributes to a reduction in pension obligations, positive trends in the economy, and a reserve that holds $80 million.
Balancing the budget may depend, in part, on reducing employees’ pay and healthcare benefits. Services could also be cut and departments consolidated, he said.
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The US Capitol in Washington, DC, is seen February 28, 2013.
Congress is learning how sequestration cuts come home to roost.
First, it was a list of entrances to House office buildings that will be closed due to sequestration cuts affecting the Capitol Police. That means longer lines getting through the security line at the remaining entrances.
Now, the House Ethics Committee is laying down the law about what members and their staffs can and cannot do to get by with fewer resources.
In a memo sent by the Ethics Committee and ranking member Linda Sanchez (D-Cerritos), House lawmakers are reminded that “ethics rules, laws, and standards of conduct remain in effect and may be relevant as you consider various methods of savings.”
For instance, you can’t use campaign funds to pay for office furniture or computer equipment or even to hire someone to open constituent mail. And there are “significant limitations” on the use of volunteer services in place of paid staff.
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel aren't saying yet whether they're seeking the support of their former opponents in the mayor's race.
Both Perry and James tell KPCC they have not decided whether to endorse Wendy Greuel or Eric Garcetti in the runoff. A spokesman for the Greuel campaign said she was reaching out to all the losing candidates to ask for their support.
That could be an awkward conversation with Perry. In the days leading up to the primary, the Greuel camp sent out mailers alerting voters to Perry's financial problems back in the 1990s.
As for the Garcetti campaign, a spokesman said that camp is also seeking James and Perry's endorsement.
"He's seeking support from many people and organizations," said spokesman Jeff Millman, "and after finishing on top in Tuesday's primary, he has received phone calls non-stop from people who want to get involved."