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SoCal Politics: Eric Garcetti, new councilmembers and more




Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.
Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.
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Time for our look at politics here in Southern California with KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

L.A.'s new mayor Eric Garcetti will be sworn in on Sunday, but he's already meeting with stakeholders across the city. One of those meetings was with studio executives to talk about runaway production. What did he have to say about that?  What's in store for this Sunday's inauguration ceremony?

Of course, it's also Mayor Villaraigosa's final week in office. How is he spending his last day as Mayor?

On Monday, Los Angeles will also have six new city councilmembers. How have the newly-elected been spending the last month and a half preparing for office?

Yesterday we spent a lot of time talking about Proposition 8 and what the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings meant for same-sex couples. But the rulings could greatly affect something else in California: the initiative system. 

How could the court's decision impact future ballot initiatives? 

In a less talked-about ruling, the United States Supreme Court declined to lift an order that prevents city crews in Los Angeles from removing the possessions of homeless people on Skid Row. Why was this such a controversial issue and what happens next? 

One of L.A.'s new councilmembers will be Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, which has a major impact in Sacramento since it means the Democrats will lose their supermajority in the lower house.What does this mean for the party?