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Assemblyman Mike Feuer recovering in intensive care after crash

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Assemblyman Mike Feuer (left) is in an intensive care unit recovering from a car crash.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer remained in intensive care Tuesday as new details emerged about the car crash that sent him to the hospital.

A trauma team treated the Los Angeles politician after a Chevy Tahoe struck his Toyota Prius on the driver’s side Monday. The other driver allegedly ran a red light. Feuer suffered multiple rib fractures, a bruised lung and spleen laceration, according to a statement from his campaign for Los Angeles city attorney. Emergency personnel had to use the "Jaws of Life" to remove Feuer from the vehicle.

He is in stable condition and recovering in the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital. His injuries are not life threatening, according to his campaign.

The statement said: “While his physicians have not yet determined a specific release date, Mr. Feuer anticipates being released soon. He’s looking forward to getting back to work soon.”


Maven's Morning Coffee: Jackie Lacey sworn in as DA, Mike Feuer hospitalized, Eric Garcetti gets Valley endorsement

Jackie Lacey

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Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new Los Angeles County District Attorney.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A poll by Loyola Marymount University found Angelenos were more supportive of former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension plan than a proposal to increase the city sales tax, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new district attorney for Los Angeles County. "“It hardly seems real. I praise God for the journey as well as the victory," she said at her inauguration, reports KPCC.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer was injured in a car crash on his way to Jackie Lacey's ceremony, reports KPCC. His political consultant says he will remain hospitalized for a few days.


Assemblyman Mike Feuer hospitalized following car crash

Assemblyman Mike Feuer

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Assemblyman Mike Feuer was hospitalized Monday after his car was struck by a truck that allegedly ran a red light. His campaign consultant says he will remain in the hospital for the next few days.

State Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles,  was hospitalized Monday after the car he was driving was hit by a truck, according to his political consultant. 

The assemblyman was driving a Toyota Prius on his way to L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s swearing-in ceremony when another driver ran a red light and crashed into his car.

“Mr. Feuer did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. However, he will stay in the hospital for the new few days,” said consultant John Shallman. “Mr. Feuer is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. The Feuer family thanks the media and public for respecting their privacy.”

No other details on the crash were immediately available.

Feuer is a candidate for Los Angeles city attorney. He will face incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in the March primary. He previously served on the Los Angeles City Council. 


Incoming state Republican lawmakers says there’s no ignoring the Democrats supermajority

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California Assembly Speaker John Perez promised newly sworn-in Republicans in Sacramento that he and fellow Democrats won't abuse their first dual-house supermajority in decades.

The Assembly swore in 38 new members to replace nearly half that legislative body.  Most of the newbies are Democrats who gave their party the two-thirds majority needed to pass taxes without Republican votes.

Directly after members took the oath of office, Assembly Speaker John Perez tried to reassure the minority party.

“For those Republican members that are new to the Assembly, I want to state clearly that your voice is welcome, your contributions are desired, and your act of service is needed.” Perez said.

But incoming Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Riverside County says she harbors no illusions about the challenges ahead.

“Clearly there’s a bit of disparity between the numbers in each party. That’s the big white elephant in the room.   And that’s fine. But I think as Republicans our job is to stand up for our constituents and not betray our party policies but not be obstructionist, and come to it with an open mind.”

Melendez - a former mayor of Lake Elsinore, U. S. Navy veteran and mother of 5 - plans to look for common ground with Democrats.  She might find it around the goal of lowering her district’s 12 percent unemployment rate - one of the highest in the state. Democrats have said they’ll also focus this year on getting Californians back to work.


San Diego's new mayor Bob Filner is a Capitol Hill veteran

San Diego’s new mayor takes the oath of office this morning in Balboa Park. He’s only the second Democrat in four decades to hold that job. The city’s new chief executive is a familiar face on Capitol Hill.

Bob Filner spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, leaving as the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He says he retired because it’s difficult to get things done in Congress, particularly when you’re in the minority party. Filner says the chief executive of the nation’s 8th largest city has a better shot at accomplishing something.

He places job creation at the top of his “to do” list. And he wants the city to focus on its neighborhoods. He says the city's attention for the last two decades has been on downtown redevelopment, "and all the infrastructure of our neighborhoods has been neglected and people feel left out."