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State Of Affairs: New fire chief, Hilda Solis, 6 Californias and more

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Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was named fire chief by Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday. His appointment is subject to approval by the L.A. City Council.

It's state of affairs, our weekly look at politics throughout the Golden State. Joining us in studio are Southern California Public Radio's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.  

Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed a new chief to the Los Angeles Fire Department this week. We'll hear more about Ralph Terrazas. He's the fire department's fourth chief in seven years. Why has this department seen so much turnover? How did the mayor decide on Terrazas?

How has the firefighter's union responded to this choice? If approved, what are likely some of his top priorities?

There has been a lot of complaints about lack of diversity in the L.A. Fire Department. Is this a sign that things might change? 

There's a new recording out which purportedly has recently elected LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis asking a subordinate to donate money to President Obama's re-election campaign. Could this be a possible violation of election laws?

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What has Solis said in response?

A ballot measure proposed by venture capitalist Tim Draper would divide California into six states. Even though this is a long shot, this sort of thing has been tried before many  times. 

This week, Tim Draper submitted the first batch of what he said will be 1.3 million petition signatures to election officials. If valid, this would be more than enough for the measure to qualify as a statewide voter initiative. What might be the effect of this? Might the issue drive people to the polls on Election Day? How might the campaign for this play out?

The November ballot will have a measure on it which asks the U.S. Congress to amend the Constitution and overturn the Citizens United court decision. This is just an advisory measure. Will this be enough to motivate voters?

We can't let a week go by without an update on the John Perez recount for state controller. What's the latest on the recount?

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin is now proposing that the state revamp the way the state handles recounts. What sorts of things is he proposing?

Yesterday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a bold announcement: that he intends to end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by the end fo next year. Is that possible, Frank?


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