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State of Affairs: Grand Ave. project, LA River and more

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It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and editor Oscar Garza.

This week the board that oversees the construction of the Grand Avenue project agreed to extend a design deadline for two luxury towers that will be built across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This came just days after the panel rejected a developer's mockup for the towers. What's going on here?

We've talked in previous weeks about a proposed ballot measure that would require the city of Los Angeles to create its own public health department. This week the City Attorney's Office sued to block this measure. What is the problem, according to L.A. city officials?

There's a petition floating around City Hall regarding the future of the L.A. River. But what's unique about this petition is that it's being pushed by elected officials. Isn't it unusual for politicians to be circulating petitions?

Last week we reported that Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted to look into funds that the utility was giving to two nonprofits. This week the new Board of Water and Power Commissioners met for the first time. What happened?

Finally, as we all know, the federal government has been shut down this week. How is it affecting Southern California?