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Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington, proponents in California have their hopes up.
The Drug Policy Alliance, a group that appeared to have the most robust financial backing, has withdrawn its bid to get a marijuana legalization measure on California's November ballot. The group, funded by billionaires George Soros and the late Peter Lewis, is waiting until 2016.
Drug Policy Alliance Deputy Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann told KPCC's Take Two that even though polling suggests voters would support such a measure, members of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform want to wait until 2016 so they would have more time to raise money and build public support. His organization has been working to pass drug reform legislation in California and other states.
"We did our best to make it work for this year, but ultimately what we decided over the weekend was we need more time to engage more stakeholders, do more of the kind of legwork they did in Washington State with bringing in law enforcement," Nadelmann said. "So we're going to go for 2016."
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, at podium, was joined by colleagues Nury Martinez and Curren Price to propose a higher minimum wage for hotel workers.
A contentious debate over fair wages in Los Angeles opened Tuesday when five members of the City Council said they intend to propose a $15.37 minimum wage for employees of hotels with 100 rooms or more.
“Income inequality is one of the most pressing social, economic and civil rights issues facing our city, and the time to act is now,” said City Councilman Mike Bonin.
A study by the city’s Economic Development Department found 43 percent of people who work in hotels earn wages that place them below the federal poverty line, according to Bonin. A labor union official said housekeepers, maintenance workers and restaurant employees at hotels currently earn an average of $10.55 an hour. That adds up to about $22,000 a year.
Bonin argued it's fair to require a higher minimum wage at hotels because they benefit from the city’s spending to enhance tourism.
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Democratic Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod, third from right (with other Latina members of Congress), will leave Capitol Hill after one term to run for the 4th District Supervisor seat in San Bernardino County.
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, whose upset win in 2012 ousted a long-serving member of Congress, will not seek re-election and will run instead for San Bernardino County Supervisor, her chief of staff said Tuesday.
The freshman representative's announcement will likely trigger a scramble among possible candidates to announce runs for the rare open congressional seat. The 35th district includes the west end of San Bernardino County and part of eastern Los Angeles County.
Former congressman Joe Baca, a six-term incumbent who lost to Negrete McLeod in 2012, has filed to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Miller in the Rancho Cucamonga area 31st Congressional District, which extends east to San Bernardino, Colton and Redlands. Baca said Tuesday he's still in that race, but will keep his options open.
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U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is giving speeches this week in a state known for launching presidential candidates
If you’re looking for a presidential candidate two years before the election, try New Hampshire. South Orange County Republican Darrell Issa is braving the cold and snow this week in the Granite State. But his people insist he’s not running for the nation’s highest office.
Issa has had a busy schedule. Sunday saw his op/ed in the local paper, saying that “as Washington continues to grow more powerful, liberty has suffered the most.” Monday night he continued that theme is a speech to New Hampshire Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, warning the GOP faithful of the pitfalls of big government. Issa has two more speeches Tuesday, at a breakfast fundraiser for local Republicans and then at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Why would a California politician brave 18 degrees and snow in the middle of February? Marc Sandelow, who teaches political science at the University of California’s DC Center says, “The only reasons to go to New Hampshire in February are skiing or political ambition. And, as far as I know, Issa doesn't ski."
The Los Angeles City Council will consider a motion Tuesday that would nearly double hourly wages for hotel workers.
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, AEG still wants to build a football stadium, Councilman Paul Koretz prepares to be roasted and stories emerge about the Berman-Waxman machine.
Members of the Los Angeles City Council will introduce a motion today to increase wages for hotel workers to $15 an hour, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Union activists say workers deserve a bigger share of revenue in the booming hotel industry, while owners say that nearly doubling the state minimum wage of $8 an hour will hurt profitability," per the Times.