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State Of Affairs: Obama in LA, NAACP, LADWP news and more

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Ambassadors for Humanity 20th anniversary dinner May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Obama attended the dinner while spending three days in California fund raising.

It's Thursday and that 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 Frank Stoltze and politics editor Oscar Garza.

Let's start with the commander in chief, President Obama. He was in Los Angeles yesterday. What brings him to our fair town?

As we all know, last week the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP came under fire for their connection to disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Now another chapter is facing criticism, this one in Riverside, and it's tied to the somewhat bizarre re-election campaign of Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.  

The Department of Water and Power is City Hall's favorite whipping boy. As we've talked about in past weeks, the DWP's union and Controller Ron Galperin are locked in a court fight over financial documents that show how public money from the utility was spent by two nonprofits. What happened this week in that battle?

Members of the 2020 Commission appeared before the Los Angeles City Council this week to talk about their report on the city's future. One of the panel's key recommendations is moving municipal elections so they sync up with state and federal races. But council members are not embracing that idea. Why? 

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted this week to draw up plans for new jails. The proposal would close Men's Central Jail and could ultimately lead to the costliest capital project in the county's history.

This week, we looked at Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers, who seemed to get a thumbs up from former Sheriff Lee Baca in his resignation speech. What are the chances voters will support a Sheriff's Department insider?

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that California's mock up of licenses for undocumented immigrants looks too much like a typical driver's license. Frank, what does this mean Californians who were hoping to get one of these cards in 2015?

Sacramento lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that would withhold the pay and benefits of legislators who are suspended from office. Isn't this a no-brainer?

A new report from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office finds California has $340 billion in long-term costs - and most are not being addressed by state leaders. What are legislators doing about addressing growing pension costs?  

Angelenos and tourists alike often complain about the lack of public transit options to LAX. This week, the Board of Airport Commissioners considered two plans build a people mover at the airport. First, what is a people mover and what could this mean for travelers who want to take a rail line to LAX?  


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