Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Transition at the Board of Supervisors, City Hall's shrinking workforce, future of at-large elections

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Los Angeles County will get two new supervisors, a new sheriff and a new assessor today.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 1 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the police union's spokesman is out, questions over moving city elections and complaints from the state GOP.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the careers of Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina as they leave the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

The Press-Enterprise considers Jeff Stone's move from Temecula City Council to the Board of Supervisors to the state Senate. "I got into this because (I was) being angry that things weren’t being done in the city and then being angry that things weren’t being done right in the county and then being angry that things aren’t being done right in the state," he said.

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2 SoCal Democrats lose Assembly seats after close races

David Hadley, Assemblyman-elect

Hadley campaign

Republican businessman David Hadley narrowly beat incumbent Assemblyman Al Marutsuchi (D-Torrance) in the Nov. 4 general election.

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima)

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Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) narrowly lost his seat to political newcomer Patty Lopez.

Patty Lopez

Lopez Campaign

Community activist Patty Lopez on the campaign trail for State Assembly in the San Fernando Valley.

SCA 5 Fallout

Equality California

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)


Two Democratic Assembly members seeking second terms have lost very close elections, according to final vote tallies in Los Angeles County.

Republican businessman David Hadley unseated Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi by 706 votes as the last batch of ballots was counted in the South Bay assembly race.

The two candidates raised a combined $2 million for their own campaigns, and independent committees spent about the same amount. One independent donor, billionaire physicist Charles T. Munger Jr., spent about $1.2 million dollars opposing Muratsuchi and supporting Hadley.

Hadley outpolled Muratsuchi in upscale parts of the 66th District, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach and Torrance. Muratsuchi did better in Gardena, West Carson, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, but not enough to win a second term.

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UPDATE: California's congressmen look for leadership roles

The likely incoming Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee

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Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has been chosen by Speaker Boehner to head the Intelligence Committee starting in January.

California loses a lot of Congressional clout in January.

The top House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Education and the Workforce Committee, plus the Republican Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee retired.

The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was termed out. And with the GOP wins in the mid-term elections, the chairmanships of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, even the Senate Ethics  Committee pass to Republicans.

You might compare California to the Los Angeles Dodgers: next year is a rebuilding year for leadership roles. And like any good ballclub, there are signs of hope in a strong farm system.

House Intelligence

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of Tulare has been selected by Speaker John Boehner to head the House Intelligence Committee. The committee oversees 17 different agencies. Nunes says the committee's bipartisan tradition will continue under his leadership. But doesn't he stay awake at night, thinking over that classified information about threats to America? "You don't have any time for that," he says. "You've got to do what you've got to do."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Police union knocks Garcetti, Tony Cardenas gets a new role, how smart are American voters?

LAPD

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The L.A. Police Protective League is criticizing Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving the city for 12 days while LAPD officers continue to work without a contract.

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Today is Friday, Nov. 14 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Police Protective League is knocking Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving on a trip to Asia when LAPD officers are working without a contract. "Where, you ask, is Mayor Eric Garcetti? He is leaving L.A. on Saturday on a 12-day junket to Asia – further proof that public safety is way down on his list of priorities," per the LAPPL's blog.

The LA Weekly profiles attorney Robert Silverstein, who has repeatedly sued the city of Los Angeles over developments in the Hollywood area. "Five times in front of five different judges, Silverstein has prevailed in his legal battle against Mayor Eric Garcetti's push to transform Hollywood into a kind of dense, Century City–meets–Warner Center skyscraper zone," according to the Weekly.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's street resurfacing, fallout from Prop 47, how Sheila Kuehl won her election

Carmageddon Returns To Los Angeles

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new initiatives Wednesday intended to pave more streets in Los Angeles.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 13 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a set of initiatives Wednesday intended to provide more funding for street paving in Los Angeles, according to Streetsblog LA. "All told, we are going to pay another 200 miles of road, every year, on top of the 200 miles of road in this year’s budget. That’s 400 miles extra more of road paved every single year," the mayor said.

An exit poll from Loyola Marymount University found Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl won last week's election by appealing to women, liberals and the LGBT community, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. That was in contrast to her opponent, Bobby Shriver, who picked up support from Republicans, Catholics and younger voters. "“If you’re looking for one reason why Sheila Kuehl won, it’s the gender gap," said Cal State Northridge political scientist Tom Hogen-Esch.

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