Take Two for October 24, 2013

State Of Affairs: Gov transparency, ride sharing and more

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A city attorney told the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday it may have missed its chance to appeal state regulations on mobile ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.

It's Thursday, which 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.
 
Yesterday the Los Angeles City Council debated whether to appeal the Public Utilities Commission's regulations on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The Council was actually split on this. What happened?

Also at City Hall yesterday, Controller Ron Galperin launched a new website called Control Panel LA, and it's filled with the city's financial records on expenditures, revenue, payroll and audits. 

This seems to go under Mayor Garcetti's umbrella of bringing more transparency to city government and to get people more involve, but is this going to work? Isn't just reaching out to people who are already dialed into local government? 

The Fair Political Practices Commission is reportedly going to settle a case involving some Arizona groups that funding anti-Prop 30 campaigns. This case focused on disclosure. 

It was announced this week that former Assemblyman Tom Calderon will drop his bid for the State Senate. He made news this year when the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office raided businesses that contract for his consulting services. Is that what's behind this decision.

In the last week it's come to light that there are two pending sexual harassment lawsuits at City Hall. Now, Council President Herb Wesson wants to revamp the way the city does its sexual harassment training. What would change and would it make a difference?

We also learned this week that spiritual guru Marianne Williamson is planning to run for Henry Waxman's seat in Congress. What are her chances?

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced his new job with the PR firm Edelman. He's also working with Herbalife. Is there a conflict here?


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