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Today is Monday, April 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayoral candidates get some advice and campaigns for medical marijuana ballot measures kick into high gear.
Now that the Los Angeles Police Department has reached the 10,000-officer benchmark, some in City Hall are questioning whether the cost of public safety outweighs the benefits of other city services, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think it's sensible to say that we cannot cut the Police Department by even one position," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who first proposed the 10,000 number in 1989 when he was a city councilman.
California to shed 9,000 more prisoners, starting this week
This is not a drill. That's the message a high-ranking corrections official delivered to state lawmakers ahead of this Thursday's deadline to comply with a court order to shed 9,000 inmates from California prisons.
Martin Hoshino, the Acting Undersecretary of Corrections, said the Brown Administration must make the cuts by the end of the year. And, he said, “The state is to begin implementing the plan as soon as it is submitted.”
The state might shorten sentences by increasing good time credits for inmates. Or put prisoners with less than two years left to serve under house arrest, with GPS monitoring devices. Other options include sending prisoners out of state, or releasing inmates early.
Hoshino told members of the Senate Public Safety Committee that the court order also requires state officials to report their progress every month — and report anyone who slows it down.
LA Mayor’s race: Complaint alleges Greuel misused city email account
An ally of Eric Garcetti filed an ethics complaint Friday against Wendy Greuel, claiming the city controller violated ethics rules by using her government email account in her campaign for mayor.
“Ms. Greuel’s apparent mis-use of public resources is an insult to the voters and taxpayers of Los Angeles,” said former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who has endorsed Garcetti for mayor. She filed her complaint with the City Ethics Commission.
The Los Cerritos Community News obtained Greuel’s emails through a California Public Records Act request. Those emails show she emailed political consultants and staff about her campaign on dozens of occasions.
In one note sent from firstname.lastname@example.org in January, Greuel asked her campaign consultants for advice on how to handle an event sponsored by California Common Cause. “This being the anniversary of Citizens United…anything we should be prepared for, stay quiet, go on the offensive?”
Congressional Asian Caucus fights to keep sibling visas
The Senate immigration bill is a product of compromise, which means not everyone is pleased, including Asian American House Democrats. Their concern is the limit on visas for adult married children and eliminating them entirely for siblings.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus has been lobbying negotiators working on immigration bills in both the Senate and House. Democrat Judy Chu of Monterey Park, chair of the Asian Caucus, says the Senate bill contains some concessions: adult married children 30 and under would still be eligible for family visas, and siblings could still apply for visas, but only in the first 18 months after the law is enacted.
But Chu says the caucus will continue to raise its voice over the sibling issue. She cites the example of a woman who becomes a naturalized citizen and petitions for her parents to come over. "Does it make any sense that she has to leave her 12-year-old brother behind? That's what this would mean."
Sheila Kuehl makes her run for county supervisor official
After informally announcing her run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January, Sheila Kuehl has officially launched her campaign to replace Zev Yaroslavsky when he is termed out next year. She is the first candidate to declare for the seat.
Kuehl is a former member of the state Assembly and Senate. She was the first female Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly and the first openly gay person to be elected to the state Legislature.
"This is going to be a campaign of ideas, combining innovation and experience, collaboration and leadership, continued attention to county stability as well as new approaches in some key areas, such as child welfare, healthcare, expanded transportation and environmental protection," Kuehl said in a statement.
The Board of Supervisors oversees a $24.7 billion budget that funds county hospitals, jails, children's services and mental health, among other departments. County supervisors also sit on the Metro Board of Directors.