Take Two for August 15, 2013

State of Affairs: City council woes, Garcetti and more

City Council Los Angeles

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Jose Huizar at a Los Angeles City Council meeting on August 6th, 2013.

It's Thursday, which means it's time for State of Affair, our weekly look at politics throughout California. To help us with that, we're joined in-studio by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.

It seems like it hasn't been a great week for L.A.'s city councilmen — and yes it's all men in this case. This week it came to light that City Councilman Jose Huizar's former deputy chief of staff filed a sexual harassment claim against him.  

In addition, Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was arrested for fraud and then resigned from office. Was this the worst week ever for Co?

There's a West Covina councilman who was robbed of his wallet and city ID. Is there a happy ending for Andrew McIntyre?

Finally, Hollywood residents are raising red flags over concerns that the brand new Millennium Project could be building dangerously close to the Hollywood fault. What's going on there? And isn't that Mayor Eric Garcetti's former city council district?

On Friday there's a major public hearing at L.A.'s City Hall. Members of the city's Budget Committee and Energy and Environment Committee will vet a proposed contract between the Department of Water and Power and its powerful union. Now, that's the city council, where is Mayor Eric Garcetti in this?

Garcetti also made headlines for appointing former mayoral challenger Emanuel Pleitez to serve on the panel that oversees retirement benefits and pensions for the city's police officers and firefighters. Now Garcetti campaigned on being hard on unions, but he and Pleitez had some pretty different views on pensions.

On Wednesday, Garcetti announced plans to shake up the panel that oversees the LAPD. What does he want to do there? 

Let's move to county-wide politics. Right now the former L.A. County undersheriff Paul Tanaka is holding a press conference in Griffith Park and he's expected to announce that he's going to challenge his old boss, Sheriff Lee Baca in next year's election. 

Earlier this week, Los Angeles decided it would not penalize Angelenos who plant curbside gardens. Lots of urban farmers turned up at City Hall to support that policy, and it sounds like they brought some props. 


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