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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is pushing a plan to increase the city of LA's sales tax by a half penny.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles City Council will consider a batch of tax measures later today for the March 2013 ballot. Councilman Herb Wesson is pushing a proposal to increase the city's sales tax by a half-cent. The Los Angeles Times has a rundown of what will be heard this morning.
The wife of Republican Matthew Lin, a candidate for the state Assembly, sued her husband's political opponent, Ed Chau, after he published her Social Security number in a mailer, reports KPCC. "We've never really seen this in any other campaigns before, so this was completely unexpected," Lin's campaign manager told the station.
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that an Arizona group must hand over more information about its $11 million dollar donation to a campaign against Proposition 30 — Governor Jerry Brown's tax hike to fund public schools.
California’s Fair Political Practices Committee went to court seeking the source of the money, arguing that voters deserve to know who provided the funds to Americans for Responsible Leadership. The FPPC's Ann Ravel said it asked to see e-mails, phone texts, checks, and board meeting minutes:
“Once we see those documents we’ll be able to make a determination as to whether or not the donors to that organization need to be disclosed because they knew, or should have known, that their contributions were going to a political campaign in California.”
Ed Chau for Assembly campaign ad on YouTube
Images of old tax liens against Assembly candidate Matthew LIn appear in this video ad, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Republican," posted by the campaign of his opponent, Ed Chau. Lin's wife sued, alleging that her identifying information appears in Chau's videos and mailers.
The wife of Republican Assembly candidate Matthew Lin has sued his opponent, alleging he invaded her privacy and put her at risk of identity theft by publishing her Social Security number in mailers and videos seen by thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents.
Joy Lin filed the lawsuit against Democratic candidate Ed Chau. (UPDATE: Superior Court Judge Edward Simpson on Wednesday issued an order temporarily barring the Chau campaign from further displaying Joy Lin's Social Security number and he set a Nov. 27 hearing in the case.)
The candidates are running in the 49th Assembly District — the first in the state with a majority Asian-American population. Though the district has more registered Democrats than Republicans, about 30 percent of its voters do not identify with a political party. Lin won the June primary by more than 15 points.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidates Mark Takano and Raul Ruiz.
Villaraigosa made the announcement during a Tuesday press conference at the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's East Los Angeles office.
Takano, a teacher, is running in the newly-drawn 41st District in the Inland Empire. His opponent is longtime Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican.
Until the recent redistricting, the 41st District was more Republican. It includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Lake Matthews, Mead Valley and Perris.
Ruiz, an emergency room doctor, is running in another recently redrawn district, the 36th, in Palm Springs.
Analysts consider the race a toss-up between Ruiz and seven-term Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack. That district used to be reliably Republican, but after the remapping it now merely leans that way. The district is about 40 percent Latino.