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State Of Affairs: Garcetti's victory, Ned Vaughn, Jim Brulte and more

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Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti speaks at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on June 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has faced his first big fight of his administration. He and the City Council were trying to negotiate a contract with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, but the mayor and council didn't seem to be on the same page all the time. Late last night, they announced they had reached a deal. Is this a big victory for Garcetti?

One of the entertainment industry's most powerful union leaders is quitting SAG-AFTRA to run for the California Assembly as a Republican. Ned Vaughn is running for a seat that represents the South Bay. 

California Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte scored a big speaker for the upcoming state party convention, a sign Brulte is serious about putting the party back on the map. Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible presidential contender, is the headliner at the October convention. Is this a big score for Brulte?

The L.A. City Council continues to move forward with $3 billion bond for street repairs. Alice, what are the chances of this really happening? 

Eric Garcetti is moving to inactive duty with the Navy.  

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