Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD officer shot inside police station, a Q&A with Eli Broad, California gets a low grade on elections

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Outside the Wilshire station where an LAPD officer was shot Monday, April 7, 2014.

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Today is Tuesday, April 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A Los Angeles police officer was shot seven times Monday night when a gunman walked into the LAPD's West Bureau and opened fired, reports the Los Angeles Times and KPCC. The wounded officer and a second cop were able to return fire. The gunman is now in critical condition.

Los Angeles Magazine has a Q&A with Eli Broad. On the subject of Mayor Eric Garcetti: "I like Eric Garcetti, but let’s see how tough he’s going to be on some of these issues" and on whether he is trying to buy the Los Angeles Times: "The answer is yes."


Rep. Speier proposes sexual harassment training for the House of Representatives

Former Congressman Bob Filner

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Bob Filner resigned as San Diego Mayor after at least 17 women brought sexual harassment allegations against him. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

A California congresswoman introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all House members to take sexual harassment training. This comes after video of a kiss between a married lawmaker and a staffer became public and a former member was released from three months of house arrest for sexual harassment.

Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier of San Mateo took to the House floor Tuesday morning, saying, "This is the Congress of the United States of America. This is not a frat house."

An investigation by KPCC found that U.S. senators are required to take sexual harassment training. House members are not.

RELATED: 6 reasons why sexual harassment complaints aren't more common in DC

Speier has introduced a bill that would require sexual harassment training for all members and staffers every two years. 


California scores low on quality, efficiency of elections



California ranks low in a new study of election efficiency, but Southern California counties are doing their part in making improvements.

A new report that assesses the quality and efficiency of elections nationwide gives California a low grade in comparison with other states.

Californians who sign up to vote by mail too often fail to return their ballots, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts Election Performance Index. The report notes that many California voters are made to cast provisional ballots when they arrive at the wrong polling places or encounter registration glitches. Many of those provisional ballots don't ever get counted, the study said.

The Pew Charitable Trusts, which advocates changes in election systems, has issued reports critical of voting systems in the United States, calling them inaccurate, costly and inefficient. This latest update, issued Tuesday, adds analysis from the 2012 election to data collected from elections in 2008 and 2010.


‘Breitbart California’ blog launches, draws fire for Nancy Pelosi poster


Breitbart Network News was created by the late conservative publisher and commentator Andrew Breitbart.

It didn’t take long for California’s newest conservative voice to stir up controversy.

The Breitbart News Network, created by the late conservative publisher and commentator Andrew Breitbart, launched its Breitbart California page Monday. The blog's homepage included a graphic image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s face digitally placed on a scantily clad woman. The graphic — part of a series of wheatpaste posters the company mounted around L.A. — shows Pelosi on her hands and knees, wearing bright red lipstick with her tongue sticking out.

“To say the least, the Breitbart News ad is foul, offensive and disrespectful to all women,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz said in a statement.  She called on the site to remove the ad.

“I think the likelihood of that is zero,” said the site’s California politics editor, Jon Fleischman. “It’s light-hearted satire.” The site also features a graphic of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with women's breasts.


Eric Cantor endorses GOP candidate Elan Carr in crowded Westside race

Elan Carr for Congress/Facebook

Republican Elan Carr is running for the Congressional seat being vacated by the retiring Henry Waxman.

Prosecutor Elan Carr has found a way to stand out in a crowded field of 18 candidates running for a Westside Congressional seat. Carr, a Republican, on Monday secured the endorsement of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Carr is one of three Republicans running to succeed retiring Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman.

"It shows that the campaign is viable," said John Van Winkle, communications director for Carr's campaign. Van Winkle said he expected more Republican House leadership endorsements within the week for Carr, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. Former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley has also endorsed Carr, an Iraq war veteran.

Those endorsements, while helpful to establish Carr as a leading Republican in the primary, do not mean he will get substantial Republican Party financial backing just yet, Van Winkle said. Such donations are more likely to come if Carr places first or second in the June 3 primary and advances to the November general election.