Take Two for September 5, 2013

State of Affairs: Prison strike, political families and more

Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

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Eric Garcetti at Los Angeles City Hall.

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

Let's start off with the big news this morning: the California prison strike has ended.

Its hard to believe but people already are politicking for the next L.A. City election, even though it's almost two years away.

When it comes to politics, there's a long tradition of kids following their parents into the family, and two the children of two L.A. political heavyweights run for office. Who are they, and what are their chances?

The City of L.A. is considering a ban on the controversial practice of tracking. This comes as the state considers stiffer regulations on fracking.

The California legislature has approved a bill that would allow local prosecutors to charge simple possession of cocaine and heroin as a misdemeanor, a significant change in state drug sentencing laws, according to supporters. How many defendants would this affect?

Elsewhere on the criminal justice front, the Board of Supervisors wants the state to enact tougher penalties for men who hire child prostitutes. How widespread is this problem?

The tiny southeast L.A. city of Cudahy is coming under more scrutiny from state auditors. 

The San Diego mayor's race is on. Who is running and is there an early frontrunner to replace the disgraced Bob Filner?   

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