Take Two for September 12, 2013

State of Affairs: California bills, new LAPD commissioners and more

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca talks about the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Communities program during a news conference at Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters Oct. 6, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

The legislative session is wrapping up in Sacramento, which means we're seeing a flurry of a bills. Everything from increasing the minimum wage to driver's licenses for undocumented Californians.  

The Legislature also approved a compromise plan yesterday to deal with California's prison overcrowding. What's the compromise?

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department was back in the news this week. The federal government opened a civil investigation into the department because of allegations of abuse against inmates. What does this mean for the department and for the reelection campaign of Sheriff Lee Baca?

The civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has new members and its new president, Steve Soboroff, is already making news. What did Soboroff say to get such immediate attention?

Speaking of commissioners, the panel that oversees the Department of Water and Power has four new members. They were confirmed Wednesday by the L.A. City Council but it sounds like those confirmations came without a lot of questions about rates, labor practices, and infrastructure projects.  

Alice Walton tells us what she discovered during her behind-the-scenes investigation this week at the mayor's office.


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