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State Of Affairs: DWP, San Fernando Valley election, Garcetti's move and more

Eric Garcetti in DC

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, outside a reception room in the U.S. Capitol where he met with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer about the L.A. River restoration project.

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 by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.  

We start with a topic we seem to touch on a lot here lately and that's the Department of Water and Power. Yesterday, customer service reps with the DWP appeared before the Energy and Environment Committee to explain why a new software program has created so many problems for ratepayers. What did they have to say

The DWP was also in the news this week because the commission that oversees it said it wants to cut funding to two nonprofits because it’s not sure how the money is being spent. What’s happening here?

There's currently a proposed ballot measure that would increase the vehicle license fee here in California. The money would be used to fix streets and build public transit. How likely is it that we’ll see this fee increase

Speaking of cars, Mayor Garcetti has a plan to launch new parking enforcement website that might make him the most popular mayor ever.

A special election was held in the San Fernando Valley this week. A democrat and a republican ran to fill a vacancy that was created when Bob Blumenfield left the state Assembly to join the Los Angeles City Council. The race is still too close to call, even though this is a district that leans to the left. What’s happened in this race? 

The City of Los Angeles is getting an $11.4 million grant from the federal government to set up what's being called a "nuclear halo."

It may be raining this morning, but Mayor Eric Garcetti is kayaking the L.A. River with the EPA. Why are they meeting for this gray and raining photo op? 

Speaking of Mayor Garcetti, his office announced that he and his family will be moving into the mayor’s official residence at Getty House this January. Why make the move from Silver Lake to Getty House?


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