Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Councilman Jose Huizar faces $10K fine for 2011 campaign

Jose Huizar

Jose Huizar

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to pay a $10,500 fine for violations related to his 2011 reelection campaign.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar faces a $10,500 fine from the city Ethics Commission for violations related to his 2011 reelection campaign.

Commissioners will vote on the recommended fine on Thursday. They accuse the councilman’s campaign of accepting four $500 contributions in excess of the $500-per-donor cap that was in place in 2011. In two instances, the contributions came from companies that shared ownership. In the other two cases, donations came from an individual and his business. 

The Huizar campaign is also accused of failing to send the Ethics Commission copies of three emails it sent to thousands of supporters. In a statement, the councilman said he would pay the $10,500 fine. 

"I take full responsibility for these infractions committed by my 2011 campaign," Huizar said in a statement. "The excess contributions represent less than .05 percent of the total amount raised by my 2011 campaign, and my campaign mistakenly failed to file three out of 39 campaign communications with the commission.  While these errors were completely unintentional, they are nonetheless unacceptable."


Greuel beating Garcetti in race for prominent elected Latino endorsements [UPDATED]

Garden Party In Honor Of LA Pride

David Livingston/Getty Images

California Assembly Speaker John Perez has endorsed Wendy Greuel over Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor

Most elected Latino leaders who have announced a preference in the Los Angeles mayor’s race are lining up behind Wendy Greuel.

The latest endorsement came Monday from State Assembly Speaker John Perez, one of California’s most powerful Democrats.

“Wendy understands the needs of working people and of business owners alike, and can bring them together to rebuild our economy,” said Perez, who represents downtown L.A. in the Assembly.  “Wendy will be a fighter for Angelenos across the city and she has my enthusiastic support.”

Perez brings a lot to Greuel’s campaign.  He is a former union organizer closely tied to the powerful L.A. County Federation of Labor.  He is one of the country’s most prominent openly gay elected officials.  And he is the cousin of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

He joins L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Congressman-elect Tony Cardenas, State Senator Alex Padilla, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta and a number of other Latino elected leaders in backing Greuel, the L.A. City Controller, over her chief rival Councilman Eric Garcetti.


Maven's Morning Coffee: Latinas run for LA City Council, public transit ridership goes up, lawsuit filed after Huizar crash

Ana Cubas

Ana Cubas Campaign

The Daily News looks at Latinas running for the Los Angeles City Council in 2013. Above, Ana Cubas, a candidate for the Ninth District.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe.

Today is Monday, Dec. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Latinas are running for the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. Gloria Molina was sworn into council 25 years ago -- and she's the last Latina to serve. "It just makes L.A. look bad," said Ana Cubas, who is running for the Ninth District.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Wendy Greuel gets a new hairstyle, UFLAC gets new leadership, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets back to work after two weeks in South America.


Democrats divided on how much to expand MediCal under healthcare reform law

SCA 5 fallout


State Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says "health and human services has been the stepchild of the budget process forever.”

California's plan to expand MediCal as part of federal healthcare reform is now being reconsidered as the state measures the financial burden that will ultimately come.

Nearly 8 million Californians use MediCal, the state’s healthcare program for low income residents. When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, state officials committed to expanding the program — especially since the federal government agreed to pick up most of the tab.

If California implements the full expansion, it could enroll 1.5 million uninsured adults. But the Gov. Jerry Brown's administration appears to be backing away from full expansion.

At a recent symposium on healthcare reform, California's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Diana Dooley, said there’s a risk in moving too fast.

“I don’t want to be on the hook for promising things we can’t deliver,” Dooley told hundreds of healthcare advocates. “So if we disappoint early because we didn’t go as far as people want, it’s because we have to build this on a solid foundation and be ready to make it real over the long-term.”


Leading mayoral candidates announce endorsements from Latino elected officials

Supervisor Gloria Molina

Andres Aguila/KPCC

County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor Friday. Meanwhile, Ed Reyes backed his City Council colleague Eric Garcetti.

The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles released dueling endorsements Friday, each highlighting support from prominent Latino politicians. 

Ed Reyes endorsed his L.A. City Council colleague Eric Garcetti. They have served together since 2001. 

Reyes issued a statement that said: “For more than a decade, Council member Eric Garcetti has been a strong and independent voice for the people of Los Angeles. He marshaled this city through our most challenging economic times while preserving jobs and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. His experience and strong leadership are what Los Angeles needs.”

After that announcement, City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel countered with a statement of endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. 

“Wendy Greuel will focus on creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion and strengthening our public schools,” Molina said.