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Anschutz Entertainment Group to host mayoral fundraiser for Jan Perry

Jan Perry

Courtesy of Perry campaign

AEG will host a fundraiser for Jan Perry's mayoral campaign next month. The ticket price? $1,300.

In Los Angeles, the nexus of politics and business often involves the Anschutz Entertainment Group — and that will be especially true when the company hosts a fundraiser for mayoral candidate Jan Perry.

Call it an act of gratitude. As an L.A. City Councilwoman, Perry has long represented — and supported — AEG’s downtown campus, which includes Staples Center and L.A. Live. She also voted for the Farmers Field football stadium, which will be built on adjacent property if the NFL moves a team here. 

This will be AEG’s first fundraiser for Perry’s mayoral campaign. According to the most recent  contribution report, her campaign has raised $1.3 million — less than half as much as Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, who each reported raising $2.8 million for their mayoral bids.


Bloom's lead over Butler widens in close Westside Assembly race

Richard Bloom Betsy Butler

Richard Bloom campaign/Betsy Butler campaign

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom leads Assemblywoman Betsy Butler in the close 50th Assembly District race.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom's narrow lead has widened to 888 votes over Assemblywoman Betsy Bloom in the still-undecided race to represent the 50th Assembly District. More than 178,000 votes have been counted in the district, which includes Santa Monica, Malibu, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Agoura Hills.

The count was updated Monday as the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office carried out its sixth tally of votes that were mailed in, dropped off at polling places or cast as provisional ballots on Nov. 6.

Bloom has led after each of the updated counts, often by a few hundred, but that lead has been as narrow as 79 votes just last week. The next updated count is scheduled for Wednesday, with a possible final update on Monday, if necessary. The county must report results of the Nov. 6 elections to the Secretary of State by Dec. 4, said Registrar spokeswoman Talyssa Gonzales.


Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Riordan drops pension plan, Kinde Durkee faces eight years, Wendy Greuel picks up Latino support

Richard Riordan


Former Mayor Richard Riordan dropped plans to place a pension reform measure on the May 2013 ballot. Instead, he says he will try to work with the city unions.

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Former Mayor Richard Riordan dropped his campaign to place a pension reform measure on the May 2013 ballot, reports KPCC. Instead of going to voters, Riordan says he will try to work with union leadership. "I think this has to be worked through the unions, because in L.A. the unions control the city council," he told the station.

Also, Richard Riordan talked about his pension plan over at Which Way, LA? A Los Angeles Times editorial encourages the mayoral candidates to keep talking about retirement costs.


Segregation on Capitol Hill: Democrats and Republicans kept apart from the start

Newly-elected Democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz has made a few Republican friends during orientation in D.C., but he won't name them because cross-party fraternization is frowned upon.

This week, California’s 14 freshman members of Congress are back in Washington for a second week of orientation. But much of the training is segregated, with Democrats on one side of Capitol Hill and Republicans on another.

During morning sessions, the newbies all learn about setting up a website, how to send constituent mail, how to staff an office. But from lunchtime until late into the evening, Democrats and Republicans are separated. 

Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa of Redding says, during afternoons with his GOP colleagues, he's witnessed the "hot debate" about conference rules and amendments. "They didn’t take very long to get the verbosity up here," he observed.

Even the meals are segregated.  Speaker John Boehner’s fancy dinner for newcomers in Statuary Hall was GOP only; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held her own party for Democratic freshmen.


What's next for Riordan's pension plans?

Richard Riordan


Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan has dropped his effort to place pension reform for city employees on next Spring's municipal ballot.

Now that he’s dropped his effort to place his pension plan on the May municipal ballot, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan says he’ll go directly to union leaders to seek their support.

“I think this has to be worked through the unions, because in L.A. the unions control the city council,” Riordan said.  Most members of the council had expressed opposition to his plan.

It was a quick turn of events Monday for the wealthy businessman.  After campaigning for weeks to place his pension reform plan on the ballot, he announced that his paid signature gatherers simply did not have enough time to collect the 265,000 signatures needed by a December 28th  deadline.  They had collected more than 100,000 so far, according to a spokesman.

But Riordan also conceded city labor unions helped foil his campaign by loudly denouncing it and sending members to grocery stores to discourage people from signing his petition. Riordan, 83, says he will not give up.