Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Rep. Laura Richardson's Congressional account is tapped out (CORRECTION)

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Rep. Laura Richardson


The original version of this story erroneously reported that U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson lost her home to foreclosure earlier this year. In 2007, a home the Congresswoman owned in Sacramento was foreclosed upon, but she was able to stop the process and retain ownership.

On Thursday, the Congresswoman disputed a report that the taxpayer-funded account to run her offices in Washington and Long Beach has been depleted. Rep. Richardson would not answer questions, but her office supplied this statement:

The 37th Congressional District, represented by Congresswoman Richardson has adequate funding to carry out the official duties of her office through the end of the 112th Congress.  The internal email referenced a single line item budgeted for mass mailings and not the MRA budget as a whole. 


That's My Issue: College affordability

TMI John Joanino, College Affordability

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John Joanino, a UCLA student, talks about college affordability.

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

To me, the issue that’s important in this upcoming election is college affordability and college accessibility.

I come from a low-income background, and I have a single mother. And it’s because of public education that I’m able to be here, and to continue pursuing my dreams in education. 

I think it’s important that we really take a look at the state disinvestment from higher education and how we can look for solutions.

This election is really, really personal because I have cousins who don’t know what they’re going to do after high school. They don’t know what they want to be in the future, because they don’t know if they going to be able to afford going to college.


Use KPCC's Southern California voter guide to help you choose on Election Day

KPCC's MyBallot voter guide


Election Day is coming up fast — it's Tuesday! — so we're reminding you that we have launched our "MyBallot" voter guide, which includes coverage of every race, proposition and measure that will be on a ballot in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.

Enter your address, and the site delivers a rundown of each race (from President to community college board), proposition and measure applicable to you, as well as links to KPCC and other outlets' news coverage and candidates' answers to some of your questions.

(Rest assured, no information you enter will be collected or disseminated by KPCC or any third-party organization.)

You'll also be able to save your choices on your mobile device or print them out so you can bring them to the polls. If you're accessing the voter guide from your phone, the site is mobile optimized, so you can take it with you to the polls if you like.


Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's sales tax, an Assembly race lawsuit, a ruling on digital billboards

City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is pushing a plan to increase the city of LA's sales tax by a half penny.

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.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council will consider a batch of tax measures later today for the March 2013 ballot. Councilman Herb Wesson is pushing a proposal to increase the city's sales tax by a half-cent. The Los Angeles Times has a rundown of what will be heard this morning.

The wife of Republican Matthew Lin, a candidate for the state Assembly, sued her husband's political opponent, Ed Chau, after he published her Social Security number in a mailer, reports KPCC. "We've never really seen this in any other campaigns before, so this was completely unexpected," Lin's campaign manager told the station.


Judge tentatively rules for FPPC in Prop 30 donation case

A Sacramento Superior Court Judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that an Arizona group must hand over more information about its $11 million dollar donation to a campaign against Proposition 30 — Governor Jerry Brown's tax hike to fund public schools. 

California’s Fair Political Practices Committee went to court seeking the source of the money, arguing that voters deserve to know who provided the funds to Americans for Responsible Leadership. The FPPC's Ann Ravel said it asked to see e-mails, phone texts, checks, and board meeting minutes:

“Once we see those documents we’ll be able to make a determination as to whether or not the donors to that organization need to be disclosed because they knew, or should have known, that their contributions were going to a political campaign in California.”