Take Two for August 1, 2013

State Of Affairs: DWP contract, Anaheim voting and more

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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James speaks during an 11:30 p.m. update at a primary election event at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.

Time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

This week, the Los Angeles City Council confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti's five nominees to the Board of Public Works. This is the city's only paid commission — these folks will earn $136,000 a year. One of the nominees, former mayoral candidate Kevin James, had a bumpy confirmation hearing.  

There's been a lot of ink lately on a proposed contract for employees with the Department of Water and Power. Folks may remember that the DWP's union spent millions to defeat Eric Garcetti in the mayor's race. That obviously didn't work and now many are saying this will be Eric Garcetti's first real test as mayor. 

Officials in Anaheim are headed to court over the at-large voting system, which critics say disadvantages Latino residents. What's behind all of this?

Compton is a city that actually just elected its first Latino councilman Issac Galvan, but he's having a shaky transition into office. What is he accused of doing, or maybe not doing?

Congressman Tony Cardenas is teaming with a Central Valley Republican to talk about immigration. That seems like an unlikely union.  

The LA City Council has rescinded a policy that ticketed cars left at inoperable meters. Is this progress? 


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