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

City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

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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.


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.


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:


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.


Los Angeles mayor candidates Garcetti, Greuel exchange sharp jabs during TV debate

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The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, at an earlier debate.

You could almost see Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti preparing his attack when City Controller Wendy Greuel delivered her now familiar campaign pitch during a debate Monday night at Cal State L.A.

“I’ve identified $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse,” Greuel said. “There are efficiencies that we could do today to help solve our budget problem.”

Garcetti pounced.

“Miss Greuel said she identified $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse – something the LA Times said is simply not true,” he said. “It rests on an accounting maneuver and unrealistic projections.”


LA Mayoral candidates prepare for Monday TV debate; Garcetti gets LA Times nod

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Mayoral candidate and LA City Controller Wendy Greuel sits next to her main rival in the campaign, councilman Eric Garcetti.

With just two weeks to go before Angelenos vote in the primaries, Los Angeles mayoral candidates will gather at the campus of Cal State L.A. for their next televised debate. 

The event will be hosted by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs and be broadcast live on KABC Channel 7at 6:30 p.m. Frontrunning candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Emmanuel Pleitez will answer questions generated by the institute's executive director, Raphael Sonenshein and L.A. League of Women Voters President David Holtzman. ABC7 News anchor Marc Brown will moderate.