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High-profile Latinos come out in support of Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti

Eric Garcetti campaign

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is of Latino heritage on his father's side.

A former justice of the California Supreme Court headlines a list of high-profile Latinos in support of Councilman Eric Garcetti’s run for mayor of Los Angeles. 

Garcetti is the only major mayoral candidate who can claim some Latino heritage. (Despite the Italian surname, he is Mexican on his father’s side of the family.) Garcetti has often spoken of spending time as a boy with his grandparents in Boyle Heights.

In his endorsement letter, Justice Carlos Moreno points out that relatives of his and Garcetti's once lived near each other in Mexico. 

The list of 100 supporters includes:

  • Rigoberto Arrechiga, president, Mexican American Bar Association
  • Former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante
  • Sal Castro, Education Advocate
  • Jorge Corralejo, chairman & CEO, Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles
  • Alex Gallardo-Rooker, vice chair, California Democratic Party
  • Salma Hayek, actress


Curren Price joins list of state legislators seeking LA City Council seats

Curren Price

Curren Price campaign website

State Sen. Curren Price is the latest Sacramento lawmaker to run for the Los Angeles City Council.

A state senator who earlier this year got into a public argument with Councilman Bernard Parks over redistricting will run for the Los Angeles City Council.

Curren Price will run for the Ninth District seat currently held by Councilwoman Jan Perry. He has two years left in his State Senate term. If he wins the City Council race, it would force a special election to fill his senate seat.

Price joins a crowded field for Perry's seat. Among the 14 candidates are:

  • Ana Cubas, former chief of staff to Councilman Jose Huizar
  • David Roberts, appointee to the Redistricting Commission
  • Mike Davis, state Assemblyman (being termed out)
  • Terry Hara, deputy chief, LAPD 

Price announced his candidacy on Facebook, writing: “I am running for this office to offer leadership by calling for a new level of collaboration among public and private sector resources.”

“I’m adopting the phrase, the ‘New 9th,’ to signal a new level of commitment and enthusiasm to engage residents and community-based institutions to work together to improve the quality of life for all residents in the New 9th.”


DA Steve Cooley to back Kevin James for mayor of Los Angeles

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District Attorney Steve Cooley will endorse Kevin James for mayor tomorrow at a City Hall news conference.

District Attorney Steve Cooley will endorse attorney Kevin James for mayor of Los Angeles Friday at a City Hall news conference, the campaign announced today.

When James first announced his candidacy in the spring of 2011, Cooley made a cameo appearance but declined to make an official endorsement at the time. This is easily James’ biggest endorsement to date. 

The James campaign has raised $222,000, according to the latest fundraising report filed with the Ethics Commission. (The next fundraising reporting window closes Sunday.) That’s in contrast to the other mayoral candidates, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose campaigns have each raised $2.2 million. Councilwoman Jan Perry has $1.1 million in the bank for her campaign.

Though the mayoral race is non-partisan, James and Cooley are fellow Republicans.


Maven's Morning Coffee: more problems with the Assessor, architects call for redesign of Pico Hall, Brown pitches Prop 30

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A group of architects say Pico Hall needs a redesign, otherwise it will negatively impact the neighborhood surrounding L.A. Live.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A Redondo Beach medical building disappeared from the county tax rolls for three years, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other buildings that didn't receive tax bills: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay, the Marriott Manhattan Beach resort and the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey. The District Attorney's Office is looking into the cases as part of its probe into misconduct in the Assessor's Office.

A group of architects advising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say a total redesign of Pico Hall is needed to avoid negative impacts to the community, according to the Daily News. The new building, which would be built to make way for Farmers Field, is not pedestrian-friendly and would create a barrier to the Pico-Union neighborhood, the architects say.


Governor's pen hovers over hundreds more bills

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Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Sunday to act on hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature.

Governor Jerry Brown has until midnight Sunday to act on more than 300 bills that remain on his desk. Typically, some of the more controversial bills still await his signature or veto.  

The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights provides overtime pay and meal and rest breaks for an estimated 200,000 caregivers, childcare providers, and house cleaners.   

The Service Employees International Union supports AB 889. The California Chamber of Commerce opposes it.

Brown needs the support of both groups to pass his tax initiative, Proposition 30, in November. SEIU has donated heavily to the measure and has a lot of foot soldiers to deploy in the effort. The Cal Chamber has remained neutral on Prop 30, so far.

In a statement Wednesday, the Chamber warned that AB 889 “would result in unreasonable, non-sensical regulations that would overwhelm working families with small children.”