One of the biggest challenges facing the next mayor of Los Angeles is the ballooning price of retirement benefits for city employees. Those expenses take from street repairs, paramedics and other services. Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel promise to reduce pension costs, but offer few specifics. KPCC's Frank Stoltze examines the pension problem facing the next leader of LA.
Congress is back in session today after a week-long recess. For Republican Senator Jeff Flake the return to Washington may come as a relief. Some of his constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the freshman senator is ignoring their calls for a public meeting. Peter O'Dowd from the Fronteras Desk reports.
Governor Jerry Brown has had perhaps one of the most colorful political careers of all time. Son of California political royalty, he served as California's governor in 1974 and 1978, ran for President in 1976, and in 1980, famously challenged President Jimmy Carter, who belonged to the same party, for the nomination.
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