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California State senator Leland Yee (C) leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building with his attorneys after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. State Senator Leland 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 weekly roundup of politics and government news in the golden state. For that we're joined by KPCC's political reporter Alice Walton and editor Oscar Garza.
Over the last weeks and months, we've been talking a lot about all the scandals going on in the state Senate: We had Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright all getting indicted. Yesterday the state senate held a day of reflection to get a refresher on ethics. Is this really going to help?
Leland Yee dropped out of the race for California secretary of state, though his name will still appear on the ballot. Four of the candidates appeared at a forum in Sacramento last night. How is this race shaping up?
Senator Dianne Feinstein endorsed Alex Padilla in the race on Tuesday. How significant is this?
Now to the current secretary of state, Debra Bowen. She released the number of California voters this week, totaling 17.6 million. The data also shows there's fewer Republicans and more independent voters. What do you think this will mean for state politics?
The union that represents employees at the Department of Water and Power announced that it will appeal a judge's decision that it turn over financial records on how public money was spent. What does this mean for Controller Ron Galperin's efforts to audit these records?
The long-time policy aide to the Los Angeles City Council announced this week he will retire in August. Gerry Miller has spent 30 years with the city government. What does this mean for the city council?
There's an update to the sexual harassment lawsuit against LA City Councilman Jose Huizar brought by the former aide who brought these allegations last year.
Mayor Eric Garcetti made some housing news this week. The Garcetti family home in Silver Lake will be rented out while the mayor is living in Getty House. How can someone get into this place?
U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas made an appearance on the Colbert Report yesterday for the show's "Better know a district segment." Colbert had some fun with one of the signature industries of this San Fernando Valley district: