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State of Affairs: LAPD Chief Beck faces criticism, Gov. Jerry Brown pitches water bond

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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck (C) speaks during a news conference at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

It's time now for State of Affairs, our weekly look at California politics with Southern California Public Radio political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

Police Chief Charlie Beck is expected to be reappointment to another five-year term next week. But in the past few weeks, there have been lots of questions about Beck's involvement in high-profile disciplinary cases, one of which involved his daughter. 
The L.A. Times reported this week that there was also an issue with the police department buying a horse from Chief Beck's daughter. What's the latest on this?

An aide to L.A. City Councilman Curren Price was arrested this week in what prosecutors are calling an embezzlement scheme. Robert Katherman was a longtime City Hall lobbyist and a member of the Water Replenishment District. And his alleged crime involves a member of the West Basin Municipal Water District. 

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 this week to not create a civilian oversight body for the Sheriff's Department. Why did the board reject this idea?

In just a few months, there will be two new members of the Board of Supervisors, and a new sheriff. How might the shakeup in L.A. County government impact oversight of the county jails?
Speaking of the sheriff, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka resurfaced this week, at least via Twitter. He is a candidate for sheriff in the November election but he's been extremely quiet since the June primary. What has he been up to?

Finally, Governor Jerry Brown made a push for his 6-million-dollar water bond in an email to campaign supporters this week. Lawmakers are just back this week from their summer recess and time is running out to get a new water bond measure on the ballot for this November. How is the progress looking?

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