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Obama tries to make it up to supporters shut out of convention speech — via conference call

President Obama Holds Campaign Event In Norfolk, Virginia

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President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign rally at Norfolk State University on Sept. 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. On Thursday President Obama will officially accept his presidential nomination at the 46th Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Up to 70,000 people were expected to watch President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night at a football stadium in Charlotte. But predictions of inclement weather moved the speech back to the much-smaller arena where the convention proceedings have taken place.

Who knows how it's being decided who will get in to the speech, but to make it up to those who won't, the president addressed them via livestream conference call this morning at 10:20 Pacific time.

This story has been updated.


Maven's Morning Coffee: Skid Row ruling, politician's arrest, support for the California Science Center

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A federal court has ruled that city crews cannot remove the unattended possessions of homeless individuals living on Skid Row.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that prevents Los Angeles city officials from removing the possessions of homeless individuals from city streets, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Were it otherwise, the government could seize and destroy any illegally parked car or unlawfully unattended dog," Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote for the majority.

Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer was arrested in Orange County for drug possession and child abuse after authorities discovered methamphetamine in a home she shared with her son, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nadia Lockyer is the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.


DNC Chair Villaraigosa overrules majority on religious platform changes

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Delegates turn on Villaraigosa during Jerusalem and God platform vote. The L.A. mayor and DNC chair called a clear majority when there wasn't one.

The most controversial event of tonight's Democratic National Convention was just about the first event of the evening.

There was a special vote to amend the party platform, inserting a statement saying Democrats recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and reaffirming Democrats' belief in God as central to our American story.

There was no debate... but there was dissent from the floor.

The man at the podium, DNC Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, called for a motion, a second, and then a vote, saying it needed two-thirds to pass. 

All in favor?  There were ayes.  All opposed?  The "nays" were even louder.

"In the opinion of the—"  And then Villaraigosa stopped. Using his school teacher voice, he said, "Let me do that again."

Villaraigosa called for a second vote.  Same result.  A party functionary came out and told him, "You've got to let them do what they're going to do." 


All is quiet at City Hall with LA's pols in San Diego, Charlotte

Los Angeles City Hall

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It's quiet at Los Angeles City Hall with city council members, along with the mayor and controller, at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and at a municipal conference in San Diego.

Labor Day has come and gone, summer is over, and folks are back at work throughout Los Angeles. Well, except at City Hall where the Los Angeles City Council is once again in recess.

The official reason for the recess is the League of California Cities conference in San Diego. Councilmen Bernard Parks, Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino will be there for the three-day event.

Meanwhile, Councilman Tony Cardenas, who is running virtually unopposed for Congress in the east San Fernando Valley, is in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. The Sixth District rep will then travel to San Diego for the conference, according to his office.

Mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti is also in Charlotte. Garcetti is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Board. While at the convention, the councilman hosted an event for “rising stars” of the Democratic Party and spoke at a panel hosted by the DNC Hispanic Caucus. (Also in Charlotte this week are Controller Wendy Greuel — who is one of Garcetti's mayoral rivals — and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the convention.)


Latino politicians get the spotlight at DNC Convention

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California State Senator Alex Padilla is also president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was Tuesday night’s keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets a speaking spot right before Bill Clinton Wednesday night. And L.A. Congressman Xavier Becerra will address the crowd Thursday night. Democrats are bragging about a strong farm team of Latino candidates waiting in the wings.

State Senator Alex Padilla says the nation’s growing Latino population is changing voter demographics in both local and congressional races. And not just in the historically Latino-centric states of California, New York, Texas, and Illinois.

"Now the Latino vote is critical in New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia of all places, even here in North Carolina," says Padilla, noting that the Tar Heel state now has a Latino population of 13 percent.