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Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief

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Incoming New York mayor Bill de Blasio (L) stands with Bill Bratton, who has been named to lead the New York Police Department, on December 5, 2013 in New York City. Bratton was police commissioner in New York in the mid-1990s and had been considered a front-runner for the job, He will return to a city that is experiencing historically low crime rates.

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 by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

The big news today is that former LAPD chief Bill Bratton has been chosen by New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio as the next NYPD commissioner. To help us put that in some context, we're joined by WNYC Metro Editor Andrea Bernstein.

What's defined its policing philosophy? How does the LAPD's mission compare to the NYPD? What does de Blasio's choice signal?

Two members of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week called for a probe into the hiring practices of the Sheriff’s Department. This was in response to a Los Angeles Times article found sheriff’s deputies had been hired despite histories of misconduct. What's the latest with this story?

Speaking of Sheriff Lee Baca, he is running for reelection and on Monday he’ll be at a fundraiser hosted by a few famous friends. Who is behind this fundraiser and what does it mean for the sheriff’s reelection?

We joke that every time the two of you are here we talk about a special election and this week it’s not joke. Tuesday was the special election to fill Holly Mitchell’s old Assembly seat. The winner has a famous name, at least here in Southern California. 

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