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State of Affairs: LADWP, Garcetti on vacation, LA Sheriff Dept. and more

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti in Washington, DC

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Garcetti met with President Obama and Vice President Biden to talk about transportation and the LA River

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

Seems to me hardly a week goes by where we don't talk about LA's Department of Water and Power. And guess what, it's another one of those weeks!  

Mayor Eric Garcetti also made some DWP-related news when he asked the Board of Water and Power Commissioners to hire an outside firm to look at the utility's labor practices. What's he hoping to find?

The Sheriff's Department acknowledged this week that it has hired deputies who were not qualified. Often times, in fact, these were deputies with criminal histories. How did this happen?

It was also reported that friends and family members of deputies received preferential treatment from the department when it came to hiring.  

All eyes were on the L.A. Board of Education this week as members debated how to fill a vacancy left by the death of former Board Member Marguerite LaMotte. Much of the debate focused on filling the seat by appointment rather than a special election but there's a lot more going on here.

LaMotte represented a district that was historically African-American, and she was the ONLY African-American on the board...she was also a staunch support of the teacher's union. Alice, what else?

Mayor Eric Garcetti has already left for a two week vacation to Australia, but before he left, he took part in a long-standing City Hall tradition.  

Finally, Christmas is less than a week away and one of our favorite traditions here is getting holiday cards from politicians.  


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