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State of Affairs: LA Sheriff Lee Baca, Hollywood rezoning and more

12/9 Sheriff Baca conference 2

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On Monday Dec. 9 Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca held a press conference to respond to the F.B.I. arrests of 17 Los Angeles sheriff's deputies.

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California with KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.

We start with a story we’ve been talking about all week: the turmoil at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Eighteen current and former sheriff’s deputies were indicted by federal authorities for allegedly abusing jail inmates. These arrests come as Sheriff Lee Baca is looking to run for a fifth term of office.  

But Sheriff Lee Baca hasn’t officially declared his candidacy. Similarly, Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t filed his paperwork, even though he’s been raising money and is widely considered the leading candidate for the 2014 race. 

Speaking of elections, the Daily News had a tip this week that Mayor Eric Garcetti’s chief of staff, Ana Guerrero, may run for the Los Angeles City Council. It is extremely rare that an incumbent council member is voted out of office so What are her chances?

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $5.9 million settlement this week for LAPD officers who said they were given ticket quotas, which are illegal. What kind of damage do settlements and stories like this do to the LAPD?

A judge Thursday dealt a major blow to the city of L.A. by declaring its Hollywood rezoning plan "fatally flawed." The judge found the city failed to comply with the state’s environmental laws when it approved the Hollywood Community Plan. What does this mean for development in that part of town?

Earlier this week a jury found former Bell city official Angela Spaccia guilty of 11 felonies, including misappropriation of public funds. Is this something of closure for the city of Bell? How are city leaders there trying to move forward? 

Another woman came forward this week to accuse former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. What do we know about this claim?

California’s northernmost counties want to break away from the state but a new Field Poll finds that’s not picking up a lot of support from the state’s other residents. Are we all just going to remain one  big happy family for now?


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