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California State Sen. Leland Yee (2nd L) is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond.
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 editor Oscar Garza.
Let's begin with State Senator Leland Yee, who is charged with gun trafficking and corruption. It was a week ago today that Yee bowed out of the race for Secretary of State. Since then, he and two of his Democractic colleagues in the Senate who are also facing criminal charges have been suspended. What's been the fall out here?
Timing on all this is interesting. This weekend California Democrats were scheduled to hold a big fundraiser, but now that's off?
Speaking of fundraising, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday to loosen limits on donations in federal elections. What does this decision mean for the mid-term Congressional races here in California?
Earlier this week KPCC broke the story that L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar wants to put a hold on a major concert festival that's looking to come to Grand Park this summer. The councilman wants a hold on all permits issued for the Made in America festival until he's been brought up to speed. What's been the reaction since Tuesday's story?
The Hollywood Community Plan has been criticized since the day it was announced by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-Councilman Eric Garcetti. This week the community plan ended with a whimper. What exactly was this plan, what was wrong with it? And what happens next?
There's a new campaign out there targeting independent voters, specifically those who registered with the American Independent Party. A member of the California Coastal Commission wants independents to know that the American Independent Party actually has its roots in pro-segregationist politics. Oscar, tell us more about this.