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Villaraigosa talks immigration reform in Washington DC

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke about immigration reform Monday at the National Press Club in Washington.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting. But he’s been talking immigration reform all over town.

Villaraigosa was a guest on “Face the Nation” Sunday. On Monday, he addressed the National Press Club, outlining the steps he and fellow Democrats believe Congress must take to fix the nation’s immigration system. 

Villaraigosa said a "pathway to legal, permanent residency and citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants must be at the core of reform."

Responding to critics who want to clamp down on the undocumented in the workplace and cause them to self-deport, the mayor said there’s never been a case in history where 11 million people have self-deported.

Like other Democrats, Villaraigosa wants to replace the current E-Verify system, which checks citizenship status in a federal database. The mayor instead endorsed what he called an “effective and efficient” employment verification program.


Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD numbers, profiles on Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel, and a new county tax


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The LAPD now has more 10,000 police officers because of a decision to transfer 60 General Services officers in administrative duties.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll support his successor, candidates line up for the Board of Supervisors, and there's a fight over broken parking meters.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the numbers of officers in the Los Angeles Police Department, which squeaked by 10,000 thanks to the transfer of 60 General Services officers. "The trouble, of course, is that while moving those officers into the LAPD may make administrative sense, it does not produce one smidgen of improved public safety," Newton writes.


Election season descends on Los Angeles


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Campaigns mostly use cellular phones now, but people still need a place to call. This is one of the rooms at Jan Perry's mayoral campaign office, which opened on 31st Street near USC this weekend.

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Jan Perry mingled among supporters and danced to a live band’s version of Sly and the Family Stone songs in a parking lot outside her new campaign office near USC Saturday.

“We just had a grand opening and it was raucous,” Perry says.

Raucous may be a bit of an overstatement, given the festivities included the aging former City Councilman and State Senator Nate Holden. Congresswoman Maxine Waters attended too.

No less than five Los Angeles city candidates brought out the balloons and formally opened new campaign offices this weekend. Almost all are pretty plain offices, with maps of voting prescincts and databases of potential supporters. Bad coffee, soda, and nuts are usually available. Sometimes fruit.

“Are you ready?” political aide Arturo Vargas shouted to a crowd packed into a new MacArthur Park office for former State Senator Gil Cedillo. “We’re fired up!” booms Vargas. 


Newcomer opens his own checkbook in LA city attorney race; Trutanich lags

Greg Smith has contributed $620,000 of his own money to his campaign for Los Angeles city attorney.

The latest fundraising report shows that attorney Greg Smith has poured $620,000 of his own money into his bid to unseat Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

“I’m willing to do what it takes to get my message out,” Smith said. “I will match whatever Feuer does.”

Former state Assemblyman Mike Feuer has raised the most money in the race, $898,000.  The city is also giving him $300,000 in matching funds, based on a two-to-one match of contributions from individuals who live within the city.  Smith has rejected matching funds so he can spend his own money freely.

Trutanich places third in the money race. He’s raised $382,000, plus $158,000 in city matching funds. The city attorney said he started his re-election campaign late – in August, after he lost his bid for L.A. County district attorney. He also said he’s spending less time fundraising than Feuer.


Money pours in for Los Angeles City Council races

Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

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Millions of dollars are being collected by candidates for the Los Angeles City Council. The primary is set for March 5.

Money is pouring in to Los Angeles City Council campaigns, including more than $1 million in the Thirteenth District race alone.

There are a dozen certified candidates running in CD13, which is being vacated by Eric Garcetti and includes Echo Park, Silver Lake and parts of Hollywood. In that race, former Public Works Commissioner John Choi has raised $189,268, while Alex De Ocampo, who works for the Saban Family Foundation, has raised $134,056. Emile Mack, an L.A. Fire Department commander, reported $102,143 to the Ethics Commission.

Also running for that seat are:

  • Matt Szabo, $83,253
  • Josh Post, $70,224

In South L.A.’s Ninth District, currently represented by Jan Perry, LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara reported $202,401, putting him far ahead of his opponents. They include:

  • Ana Cubas, $121,729
  • David Roberts, $112,199
  • Curren Price, $104,720
  • Mike Davis, $80,145