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The Los Angeles Times reports Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to retire. Also, the Daily News editorial board looks at his leadership potential for the future.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to retire. Also, the Daily News editorial board looks at his leadership potential for the future.
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Today is Monday, March 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mickey Kantor looks at the city's finances, the state gets a tab for special elections, and Matt Szabo returns to City Hall.

Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka to retire because he became a political liability, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Tanaka has not ruled out running for sheriff himself, challenging his boss in the 2014 election," according to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, a Daily News editorial suggests Sheriff Lee Baca is sounding more like a leader these days. "The Lee Baca who visited the Los Angeles News Group editorial board this week, to outline responses to the problems in the Sheriff's Department, appeared as fully committed and as creative as ever in his approach to his huge job," according to the piece.

The Hollywood Reporter looks at how Los Angeles city officials are responding to news that The Tonight Show may move to New York. "When asked for comment, a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wondered why he was being asked about the issue, since the Tonight Show films in Burbank. Later, Villaraigosa offered this response: 'If the Tonight Show decides to leave Burbank, I hope they'll consider relocating instead to Hollywood or Downtown L.A.'," according to the piece.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at why labor is siding with Wendy Greuel in the mayor's race. "The shifting alliances have has created a strange dynamic in the mayor's race that has put Greuel, a former Republican, positioning herself on labor to the left of (Eric) Garcetti, long one of the most liberal politicians in the city," he writes.

There were some shakeups in the Wendy Greuel campaign this weekend. Rose Kapolczynski moved to the role of senior strategist while Janelle Erickson and Jim Dantona joined the campaign. The moves come after four staffers, including Greuel's field director, abruptly quit.

L.A. City Councilman-elect Felipe Fuentes remains on the payroll of the state Assembly, even though he's left office, reports the Los Angeles Times. The former Assemblyman is receiving $8,500 a month as an aide to Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (who was Fuentes' chief of staff.) "It just shows they can get away with anything," says Ron Kaye.

The body of a Department of Water and Power employee was discovered in the Haynes Generating Station in Long Beach this weekend, reports ABC 7.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa does exit interviews with CNN and The New York Times, which gives its piece this headline: "Los Angeles Mayor is Leaving without Car, Job or Regrets."


Wendy Greuel will join Valley leaders at 12:30 p.m. at the CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center to discuss her work following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.


None. City Hall is closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.


The L.A. chapter of Young Government Leaders will host NextGen+ Los Angeles on April 22 at The California Endowment. More details here

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