Take Two for October 31, 2013

State Of Affairs: Ron Calderon, union negotiations and more

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In this Feb. 7, 2007 file photo, California state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The FBI searched the offices of Calderon and the Legislature's Latino caucus on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, but would not disclose the reason for the investigation.

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.

Let's start with a big story that's currently breaking. Last night Al Jazeera America posted what it says is a sealed affidavit related to the investigation into state senator Ron Calderon. Before we get into the specifics of the document, remind us why senator Calderon was originally being investigated.

Let's move onto unions. Negotiations broke down this week between Los Angeles County officials and a union representing 55,000 county employees. These include probation officers, social workers and nurses. At the heart is a disagreement over pay and benefits.  

For the past week, SEIU members have been voting on whether to authorize a strike. How likely is that?

Staying with the Hall of Administration for another moment, the Board of Supervisors held a lengthy public hearing this week on oil drilling on public land. With a unanimous vote, the board voided an oil lease between the city of Whittier and Matrix Oil. Why is the county involved and is this the final word on the issue?

Down the street at City Hall, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week he would keep in place the general manager of LAX as well as the city's top budget official. Why does it matter that Gina Marie Lindsey and Miguel Santana stay in these jobs?

As these announcements were being made, the mayor was actually in Washington, D.C., stumping for funding for public transit and the LA River. Who did he meet with on this trip and did he accomplish his goals? 

Finally, former city controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has a new job: she's a consultant to the children's museum in the San Fernando Valley. But she's also keeping the door open to future political offices. What is Greuel saying about her future?


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