California Gov. Jerry Brown is stepping up his appeals on behalf of Proposition 30.
Proposition 30 has a narrow lead in the polls, though support has been dipping, with less than 50 percent of likely voters in favor. The campaign to raise taxes for public education is in the homestretch.
Expect to see a lot of the Governor in the coming days—in a lot of different places. Over the weekend he stumped at Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market, and Wednesday he’s scheduled to make his case at a Los Angeles Town Hall gathering.
The Governor’s full court press generates a lot of free media attention. But expect to see the campaign for Prop 30 boost its spending on paid advertising. Expenditure reports filed with the Secretary of State show the campaign has spent $21 million so far — mostly on media. That leaves Brown and his supporters with $40 million to burn before election day.
The Los Angeles Times looks at neighborhoods' opposition to building out the Metro Expo Line.
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Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at neighborhood opposition to the Expo Line. "The line is crucial to completing a desperately needed rail network, one undeniably integral to the future of L.A., and the route was sensibly chosen along an existing right of way," he writes.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Grand Park plans an Election Day party and the Civic Alliance opposes former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension plan.
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The iconic Twin Towers Correctional Facility stands just northeast of L.A.'s skyline.
In the last few weeks before the Presidential election, "get out the vote" drives are in full gear nationwide. In L.A. County, there's even an effort to go behind bars to register jail inmates to vote.
On a recent Wednesday, Lt. Edward Ramirez joined a group of volunteers and L.A. County Sheriff's deputies heading into Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles to register inmates in a pod on the second floor of the eastern tower.
Twin Towers is across the street from another famous L.A. lockup: the Men's Central Jail. The skyscrapers sit just northeast of LA’s classic skyline and have the look of a late century office complex. But their thin slats of window distinguish the buildings as what they are— home to L.A.’s maximum security inmates and those inmates needing psychiatric care.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference on October 24, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
The Mayor of New York came through. Michael Bloomberg created his own political action committee, Independence USA, and promised to help select House candidates around the country who support tougher gun control measures.
New filings with the Federal Election Commission show Bloomberg's PAC spent nearly $200,000 on a race in the Inland Empire. The latest FEC report shows two expenditures: $65,000 last Tuesday and another $130,000 on Thursday to pay for campaign mailers that support Democratic State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod in her race to unseat incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Baca in Corona.
On this year's NRA report card, the National Rifle Association gave McLeod a "D," describing her as an "anti-gun" candidate; Baca, described as "generally a pro-gun candidate,"got a "B+." When Baca first ran for Congress in 1999, the NRA named him one of its “Defenders of Freedom.” Nearly all other California Democrats in Congress get an "F" rating from the NRA.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and President Barack Obama talk to each other during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.
In California, we’re mostly out of the line of fire when it comes to TV political ads. We see the national ad buys, but most of what the campaigns do is targeted at specific areas.
Here’s a look at the flurry of ads that you may not have seen as the election comes into the home stretch, starting at the beginning of October. Where we know, we’ve included the states the ads have been running in. We’ll be updating through Election Day.
If you see any noteworthy issue ads or ads supporting or attacking Obama or Romney on TV you think we should include, let us know in the comments below.