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SoCal Politics: What's next for Wendy Greuel, special election and more

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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel talks to reporters after casting her ballot in the Los Angeles mayoral primary on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. David McNew/Getty Images

Time for our look at politics here in Southern California with KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

Mayor Eric Garcetti made news this week when he followed up on a campaign promise to make all of the city's general managers reapply for their jobs. Is this unusual? And how are the city's general managers responding to this request?

In that same news conference, Mayor Garcetti said he wants to rethink diversity in the city. What exactly does that mean?

Garcetti's former opponent, Wendy Greuel, was back in the news this past week, talking about her political future. Greuel has served as a Los Angeles city councilperson and the city controller. Are we likely to see her on another ballot some time soon?

Speaking of campaigns and races, Governor Jerry Brown has called special elections to fill the seats of Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield and State Senator Curren Price. Is this the latest round of political musical chairs?

In their first vote as Los Angeles City Councilmen, Blumenfield and Price joined their colleagues to unanimously support Herb Wesson's reelection as council president. It sounds like Wesson gave quite the acceptance speech. 

Finally, the California Public Employees' Retirement System announced this week it would post a database with details on the pension benefits it pays out. But it wasn't two days before CalPERS backtracked. What happened? 

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