The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor participate in their first televised debate, aired on NBC LA, on January 28, 2013 at UCLA.
Wednesday night's debate among the five front-running candidates for Los Angeles mayor will take place starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum. It'll stream via live video here on KPCC.org, but you can also follow along with KPCC reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton, who will tweet the event live below.
Hosted by AirTalk's Larry Mantle, the debate will take place among City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James and former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez.
California Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 was one target of an $11 million donation that the Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating.
Remember the $11 million mystery donation that ignited a legal skirmish in California just days before the November election?
An Arizona group called Americans For Responsible Leadership (ARL) donated the money to the Small Business Action Committee’s campaign to defeat Prop 30 — Governor Brown’s tax hike — and pass Prop 32 — a measure that would have undermined the political influence of unions in California.
The states' campaign finance watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, asked for more information about the donors. ARL refused.
Just one day before the election, under orders from California’s Supreme Court, the Small Business Action Committee revealed the money orginated with a group in Virginia called Americans for Job Security, which sent it to the Center to Protect Patients' Rights in Arizona, which transferred it to ARL.
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City attorney candidates, including incumbent Carmen Trutanich, left, appeared on KPCC's AirTalk to debate the major issues in their race.
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
KPCC's AirTalk hosted a debate with three of the candidates for city attorney. "Political observers say (Carmen) Trutanich is vulnerable in this election because of his unexpected defeat last year in the race for L.A. County district attorney," according to the station.
What does Gov. Jerry Brown make of Texas' efforts to lure California businesses to the Lone Star State? "It's not a serious story, guys. It's not a burp. It's barely a fart," per Capitol Alert.
The three leading candidates for Los Angeles City Attorney clashed in a heated debate Tuesday afternoon on KPCC’s AirTalk.
Incumbent Carmen Trutanich endured the most fire.
“Horrible morale, the deputies are constantly complaining,” private attorney Greg Smith said of Trutanich’s office. “They do not have the equipment to fulfill their duties. They don’t have a color copy machine – they haven’t had it for a year.”
“Sure, we have issues,” Trutanich said. But he blamed budget cuts imposed by the city council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“Our lawyers are furloughed 36 days a year – not by me, but by the mayor,” Trutanich said. The number of lawyers in his office has plummeted from 647 to 475, he said.
“But at the end of the day, they realize they have a real prosecutor as city attorney,” said Trutanich, who is a former deputy district attorney.
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A third measure regulating medical marijuana clinics will appear on the May ballot thanks to a vote of the Los Angeles City Council.
It’s official: a third medical marijuana measure is headed to the City of L.A.'s May ballot.
The proposal from L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz would limit the operation of storefront clinics to those stores that opened prior to the city’s marijuana moratorium in September of 2007. It would increase the taxes paid by clinic owners, from $50 per $1,000 of gross receipts to $60, and place restrictions on operating near schools and libraries.
The measure is backed by a coalition made up of Americans for Safe Access and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. That group has its own measure on the May 21 ballot. However, organizers hope voters will see the City Hall proposal as something of a compromise. A third measure on the ballot, from Angelenos for Safe Access, would increase the tax on shops but not limit the number that can operate in the city.