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In an open letter, former City Controller Laura Chick calls City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, above, a liar and demagogue. His campaign responds that it's pure politics.
Most voters' attention is on November's presidential and Congressional races, but next Spring's city election is already generating some heat.
An open letter released Tuesday by former city controller Laura Chick, who was never one to hold her tongue, takes a shot at city attorney Carmen Trutanich.
In 2009, Chick was the controller and a vocal supporter of Trutanich, who was running for city attorney against then-Councilman Jack Weiss. She now says that was a “terrible mistake” in part because Trutanich did not support her position that the controller had the authority to audit programs housed in elected officials’ offices.
“With this one breathtaking reversal, the so-called ‘People’s Attorney’ revealed himself to be a liar and demagogue, who would not only lie to me to gain my political support, but whose clear intention was to squash transparency and disallow the scrutiny of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent,” Chick wrote in her letter.
U.C. Riverside Extension will host a double-headed political debate for Inland Empire residents on Oct. 3, starting with a live telecast of the presidential debate on a big-screen TV, followed by a live, in-person debate between candidates for Congress representing Riverside's 41st District.
The Obama-Romney debate kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be shown at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. The 7:30 p.m. debate between Republican candidate John Taviglione and Democrat Mark Takano will be moderated by Marcia McQuern, former editor and publisher of The Press-Enterprise.
Tavaglione and Takano are running to represent the district that covers Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and surrounding areas. Tavaglione got about 4,000 more votes than Takano in the primary election, and the open district race is seen as one of the most competitive in the state.
The 41st is a new, open Congressional district whose boundaries were drawn by the nonpartisan citizens redistricting commission. The person elected will be the first Riverside resident to represent the area in Congress since the early 1990s.
The free event is sponsored by the Riverside League of Women Voters, AARP, The Press-Enterprise, the Latino Network, the NAACP Riverside Branch and The Group. RSPV are required; call 951-827-4105.
The event is part of the UCR Extension Windows on the World program.
Data: National Asian American Survey
Nearly one-third of likely voters who are Asian-American remain undecided about their choice for president, according to a new survey. But among those who express a favorite, they strongly prefer President Barack Obama to former Gov. Mitt Romney.
The independent, non-partisan National Asian American Survey interviewed a representative sample of more than 3,300 people for what the authors describe as the most comprehensive portrait of Asian-American political views.
Asian-American voters who are undecided could make a critical difference in the presidential election in the battleground states of Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia, said study co-author Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of political science at UC Riverside.
Asian-Americans interviewed about top issues showed strong preferences for Obama's stances on women's rights, health care and immigration, and were about equally split in support for Obama's and Romney's ideas on how to deal with the budget deficit.
A few numbers from the survey:
32 percent -- Asian-American likely voters who are undecided. (In the general population, about 7 percent are undecided)
25 percent -- Congressional districts where more than five percent of voters are Asian-American
45 percent -- Asian-American citizens who can be described as "likely voters"
15 percent -- California's Asian-American population
51 percent -- Asian-American voters who are non-partisan
A new analysis of the Department of Water and Power finds salaries there are higher than at other public and private utilities.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A consulting report finds the Department of Water and Power's salaries are significantly higher than those paid at other public and private utilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. The head of DWP argues that investing in energy efficiency would be a more effective way to save the utility money. Later today, the L.A. City Council will look at increasing the DWP's rates.
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Assemblyman Mike Feuer is running for city attorney and he wants to hold 10 debates with incumbent Carmen Trutanich. Trutanich responded that 10 debates aren't enough.
State Assemblyman Mike Feuer challenged incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to ten debates today in the race to be L.A.'s top prosecutor. Trutanich’s response: Why not dozens? After Trutanich upped the ante, Feuer agreed to debate "as many times as possible."
Feuer first issued a statement this morning, challenging Trutanich to ten debates before the March 2013 primary election.
“It’s an election about the future of public safety, our neighborhoods, our economy and the overall quality of life for every Los Angeles resident," Feuer said. "As such, it’s critical that voters have an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ experience, perspectives on key issues and vision for the office of City Attorney,” he said.
In response, Trutanich called the proposal “unsatisfactory.”
“I foresee the need for dozens of debates to fully flesh out Trutanich’s lengthy record of achievements and to talk to all the communities in Los Angeles who have been so well served by Trutanich during the last four years,” said the city attorney’s chief strategist, Rick Taylor. “Perhaps ten is enough debates for Feuer. But we’ll need a lot more to tell our story and reach all communities.”