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State of Affairs: Eric Garcetti's first real test and more




Mayor Eric Garcetti called for peaceful protests against the Trayvon Martin verdict Tuesday afternoon.
Mayor Eric Garcetti called for peaceful protests against the Trayvon Martin verdict Tuesday afternoon.
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It's Thursday, and time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout Southern California. KPCC's political reporters, Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton, discuss Garcetti's first real test of leadership, the above topics, and more in this week's discussion.

In Los Angeles, new mayor Eric Garcetti cut his East Coast trip to be back to address the protests following the George Zimmerman verdict.

Earlier in the week, Long Beach mayor Bob Foster announced he wouldn't seek a third term. Meanwhile, in Pomona and the San Fernardo Valley, there are elections coming up. 

In a year, California voters will be asked to select a new secretary of state. One of the candidates, Pete Peterson, is a Republican who is pro-choice and pro-same-sex marriage.