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State of Affairs: John Perez, Gov. Brown, LA Convention Center and more

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Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, a member of the University of California Board of Regents, called on students to urge Republican lawmakers to approve tax hikes on the rich during a regents meeting held at the University of California, Davis, in Davis Calif., Monday,Nov. 28, 2011. Students, calling for the end of tuition and fee hikes among other things protested at the four UC campuses, Davis, Merced, San Francisco-Mission Bay and Los Angeles, where the regents held a teleconference. At left is Student Regent Designee Jonathan Stein. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Rich Pedroncelli/AP

It's Thursday and that means it's 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.

First up, John Perez announced he's running for California State Controller yesterday. Who John Perez is and why is this a big deal?

In other news in Sacramento this week, Governor Brown has been busy signing and vetoing more bills.

Looks like the city of Los Angeles is finally throwing in the towel on its convention center. It decided this week to hand over operation of the long troubled center to AEG, one of the largest entertainment venue operators in the world, and the company that owns Staples Center. What's the backstory here?

A KPCC investigation this week revealed how the City of L.A. pays out just ten percent of the claims people make when their cars are damaged by potholes. What's the story here, and what's been the reaction from city hall?

There's been another development in the growing scrutiny of water companies in Southeast Los Angeles County. Governor Brown has signed legislation that forces the three private water companies in the small city of Maywood to comply with open meeting, public records, and budget requirements. Why is this important?

The federal government shutdown is now in its second week. Are there any effects at City Hall? 

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