Take Two for August 29, 2013

State Of Affairs: Prison realignment, Garcetti appointment, murals and more

Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?

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Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?

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

This week, Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan to spend $315 million this year to move prison inmates to private jails and other housing facilities. This came about because the federal courts have ruled it's unconstitutional to have such  overcrowded state prisons. But this spending plan has divided the state's Democratic leaders. 

From one politician to the next, this word this week that President Obama will be back in town for a very expensive sitdown with some fundraisers.

Mayor Eric Garcetti made another personnel announcement this week. He's appointed a new chief to the Office of Immigrant Affairs. This is an office that first opened under Mayor Jim Hahn, but was inactive during Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's tenure. What does the Office of Immigrant Affairs do?      

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council had a lengthy discussion on murals. For more than a decade, there has been a moratorium on the public art displays but that ban seems to have been overturned. How can L.A. turn something like murals into a controversy?  


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