Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Gov. Jerry Brown backs Gil Cedillo for LA City Council

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Gov. Jerry Brown, right, endorsed Gil Cedillo, left, Tuesday for the Los Angeles City Council's First District. He faces two opponents in the March 5 primary.

A longtime state lawmaker picked up support Tuesday from Gov. Jerry Brown in his bid for the Los Angeles City Council’s First District seat.

Gil Cedillo has served in both the State Assembly and Senate. He is running against Jose Gardea, chief of staff to incumbent Councilman Ed Reyes, and businessman Jesse Rosas. 

“Gil Cedillo is a proven local leader who knows how to bring people together to get things done,” Brown said in a statement from the campaign.

“We need Gil Cedillo’s leadership, strength and passion on the Los Angeles City Council in order to create jobs, increase neighborhood safety, and expand after-school programs that keep our kids safe.”

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Activists push immigration reform while Congress is out of town

Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union says immigration reform must include a pathway to citizenship.

Congress is out of town this week, but a group of activists is keeping up the drumbeat for lawmakers to adopt comprehensive immigration reform. They want a path to citizenship that’s an actual path.

The group of labor, immigration and clergy calls itself the Alliance for Citizenship and promises to lobby members of Congress on Capitol Hill as well as in their districts this week. Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union says immigration reform must include a pathway to citizenship without roadblocks or unreasonable waiting periods designed to delay and deny.

Medina says he understands there will be a wait time to process the estimated 11 million undocumented people through the immigration process, "but we want to make sure that it is a fair and reasonable amount of time. And it’s gotta lead in a clear path to that citizenship."

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Survey: Measure A opposed by nearly half of Los Angeles' likely voters

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is backing Measure A as the solution to solving the city's anticipated $216 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

A proposed half-cent sales tax increase on the March 5 ballot is supported by just a quarter of likely voters, though just about as many people remain undecided on Measure A, according to an ABC 7 survey released Monday.

Of the 509 likely voters surveyed by phone, 46 percent oppose Measure A. The tax increase is supported by 26 percent of respondents and another 28 percent remain uncertain as to how they’ll vote. 

The survey found that among voters between the ages of 50 and 64, 59 percent oppose the tax. Along ethnic and racial lines, 53 percent of both African-Americans and Asian-Americans oppose Measure A. Forty-five percent of white voters oppose the tax and 44 percent of Latino voters oppose it.

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California's just as left-leaning as you thought — at least in Congress

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Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood) made the National Journal's list of "most liberal" lawmakers.

California is a blue state, but just how liberal is its Congressional delegation? If you ask National Journal, pretty darn liberal.

The Journal has been rating members of Congress for the past three decades by looking at how they vote on issues ranging from securities laws to mail delivery. Many of the votes last year had to do with the economy.

California has 55 members in Congress, so it’s not surprising mathematically to find so many of them making the list. Most of them ended up on the “most liberal” side of the ledger.

There are 26 Congressional Democrats on the “most liberal” list. Of the 14 with the highest rating, five are from California: Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, Linda Sanchez, Pete Stark, and Lynne Woolsey. Karen Bass comes in next. Xavier Becerra, Sam Farr, and Henry Waxman all made the list.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: state lawmakers run for the LA City Council, a power grab at the Metro Board, traffic lights sync up

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Supervisor Mike Antonovich chairs the Metro Board and he wants to kick off a Glendale councilman who voted the a different way on a sales tax extension.

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, school board member Tamar Galatzan interviews mayoral candidates, Councilman Richard Alarcon wishes D.A. Jackie Lacey good luck on most of her cases (presumably not his own), and Councilman Bill Rosendahl campaigns against a plan to move a runway at LAX.

In last night's mayoral debate, Councilman Eric Garcetti attacked Controller Wendy Greuel for inflating the results of her audits, reports KPCC. "It rests on an accounting maneuver and unrealistic projections," he said. The controller stands by the assertion that she found $160 million in waste.

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