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Patt Morrison answers your questions about the CA propositions (archived chat)

Robert Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies and Patt Morrison.
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Have questions about what the outcomes of the California propositions mean for you or your family?  What will happen in the short term, now that Obama's reelection is in the bag? Where will the Republican Party go from here?

Join Patt Morrison and Bob Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies, for a live chat about the election results. 

Join in the conversation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and get your questions answered in real time. 

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Wins, losses in California Assembly races

David Besbris, left, a member of SAG-AFTRA, Steve Flint, and Ellen McCrea, members of IATSA Local 600, canvass a Pasadena neighborhood during election day on Tuesday
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In the San Fernando Valley, it looks like Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon’s political career may be over, at least for now. The longtime politician – who had stints on the city council, in the state Senate and very briefly in the state Assembly – lost the 39th Assembly District seat to Raul Bocanegra, who pulled ahead with 59 percent of the vote. It was a tough race for Alarcon, who is facing multiple felony counts of voter fraud and perjury for allegedly living outside of his city council district.

Last month, Alarcon told reporters that the case cast a dark shadow over his race.

“The issue is about residency and I think all the voters have the opportunity to consider my service versus a residency issue and let the courts decide,” he said.

The race was also an example of political musical chairs. Raul Bocanegra is the chief of staff to incumbent Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes. Fuentes is leaving the Assembly to run for Richard Alarcon’s seat on the city council.


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Proposition 36: Three Strikes reform passes easily

L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley endorsed Prop. 36.
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California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36, which amends the state's Three Strikes law to mandate that a third strike, which carries a life sentence, be a serious or violent crime.

Sixty-nine percent voted "yes" on the measure. California's Three Strikes law, once considered the toughest in the country, now looks more like dozens of other similar laws around the country.

California voters have rejected changes to the law, passed 18 years ago, in the past. In 2004, Proposition 66, which would have more drastically changed the law, failed despite polling well in the weeks before the election. Proposition 36, a considerably more modest reform, did not see the kind of coordinated opposition past reform efforts faced.

Nevertheless, district attorneys around the state opposed the change, which gives them less discretion over who should face the state's toughest punishments. But the L.A. and San Francisco D.A.'s, Steve Cooley and George Gascon, notably endorsed Proposition 36, saying the reform would help strengthen the law's legitimacy.


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Maven's Morning Coffee: Election results

It's the morning after the big election. Take a look at the results.
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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 Wednesday, Nov. 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Did you hear? President Barack Obama won reelection. Los Angeles Times, New York Times

As expected, Rep. Brad Sherman beat Rep. Howard Berman in the San Fernando Valley, per KPCC.

An advisory measure that would have urged the Board of Supervisors to amend the charter and make the assessor an appointed rather than elected position failed, according to City News Service.

Measure J, which would extend L.A. County's half-penny sales tax for public transit, appeared to be falling short of the two-thirds needed for approval. The Los Angeles Times says it's too close to call.


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Redistricting shakes up California's Congressional races; Bono Mack trailing

The flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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The story of this year’s California Congressional races is — surprise! — money: money from the parties, money from PACs (including one started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg), money from siblings, and money from the candidates themselves.

36th Congressional District — Coachella Valley:

In an apparent upset, Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack is losing to Democrat Raul Ruiz. Bono Mack was a prime target for Democrats. Ruiz is an emergency room doctor. Both parties poured in the money, flooding both the Palm Springs and LA TV market with political ads.  Bono Mack's husband Connie Mack gave up his House seat to run for the US Senate in Florida. He lost.

RUIZ: 51.4%; BONO MACK 48.6%

35th Congressional District — Chino

N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped $2.5 million of PAC money into Democratic State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod’s campaign to defeat veteran Democratic Congressman Joe Baca. The Congressional baseball team loses its star pitcher. It was a bad night for the Baca family as well; the Congressman's son Joe, Jr. lost his race for the state assembly. 


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