Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Forget Prop 32, Costa Mesa’s Measure V is the real union fight

Labor unions are spending upwards of $70 million to defeat California’s Proposition 32.  But they’re spending more per voter to stop another anti-union measure in Orange County.

Organized labor and its supporters are spending nearly $500,000 to defeat Measure V in Costa Mesa.  That’s about $8.50 per registered voter, compared to $3.80 against Prop 32.


Measure V, placed on the ballot by conservative members of the City Council, would change Costa Mesa from a general law city to a charter city governed by its own constitution.  The switch would free Costa Mesa from state laws that limit its ability to privatize jobs.  Labor unions worry that other cities would follow suit.

“One of our biggest concerns is that it would spread to other cities,” said Jennifer Muir, assistant general manager of the Orange County Employees Association.


That's My Issue: The youth vote

TMI Chloe Groome, Youth Vote

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Chloe Groome, a UCLA student, talked with KPCC about the youth vote.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

There’s a lot of issues that matter to me on an individual basis, but the thing that I think is most important, overall, is getting young people to vote.

There’re a lot of issues in California right now that are going to come down to a few thousand votes. So, I just feel that it’s just really important for young people to get their voice out there and realize that their vote matters.

I pay attention to politics, and I know that politics matters on an individual level. The personal is political. And so, in my own life, I try to make other people realize that their decisions matter and that voting matters.

I’m young myself. I want to see my interests represented. 


Final 3rd-party candidate debate between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein (archived video)

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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (L) and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein during a debate hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and moderated by former CNN talk-show host Larry King on Oct. 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

A third-party presidential debate between Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein took place Monday, and you can watch the archived video below.

The debate was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, but was delayed due to Superstorm Sandy. 

The participants in this debate were decided after Free and Equal's previous debate, with online voting to decide which of the four participants in that debate would advance. Johnson won that round of voting almost two to one over Stein, while she received almost four times as many votes as Rocky Anderson.

Johnson and Stein both appear on the California ballot, while Anderson and the other participant in the first debate, Virgil Goode, do not. The other candidates on the California ballot are Peace and Freedom candidate Roseanne Barr and American Independent candidate Thomas Hoefling.


Mayor Villaraigosa stumps for Obama in Florida

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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With the presidential election down to the wire, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Tampa and Florida Monday to campaign on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will campaign for President Barack Obama until the last minute before Tuesday's election, making final stops Monday in Tampa and Miami.

The mayor - who chaired the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina - has stumped in New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Iowa and Florida on the president’s behalf. He also attended presidential debates in Colorado and New York.

Villaraigosa’s schedule in Florida included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo and Spanish-language radio. He also visited Obama campaign headquarters and a field office in Tampa.

“I think the biggest reason to vote for President Obama is that we have, what now, 31 straight months of growth,” Villaraigosa told CNN. “The other reason is that 32 million people have health care and that 12 million jobs will be created, according to Moody’s analytics, in the next four years if we keep charting the course ahead." 


Maven's Morning Coffee: John Noguez wants bail money, FPPC requires donors' names, DA's race in homestretch

Noguez mugshot

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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who is facing 24 felony counts. He is now asking his supporters' to contribute to his $1.16 million bail.

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Today is Monday, Nov. 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


County Assessor John Noguez is asking his supporters to help him raise money to pay his $1.16 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the San Fernando Valley Democrats get out the vote in Nevada, and charter amendments and ordinances for the March 2013 ballot go out for signatures.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will release the names of individuals who donated to an anti-Prop 30 campaign, reports KPCC. The California Supreme Court determined that Americans for Responsible Leadership must immediately provide documents to the state's elections watchdog.