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State of Affairs: Gov. Brown meets with Mexican president, Garcetti talks LA's minimum wage and more




California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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It's time for State of Affairs, KPCC's weekly roundup of politics in the Golden State with Southern California Public Radio's Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was in California this week. He and Governor Jerry Brown met to discuss a range of issues, from the economy to climate change to education. 

The visit was not without some controversy. Protesters, including Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, were in Sacramento to bring attention to a U.S. Marine who has been jailed in Mexico since March. What did Jerry Brown have to say about the case of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi? 

There were all sorts of bills flying through the Legislature this week as its session wound down. Which bills made the cut?

This week, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said she was still evaluating the gubernatorial candidates and would not automatically endorse her party's candidate. Swearengin will be on the November ballot as a candidate for state controller. Is this an effort to court more liberal voters?

Monday is Labor Day and there's news that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is gearing up to announce a new minimum wage proposal for Los Angeles employees. The mayor wants to increase wages to more than $13 an hour by 2017, but there's already pushback from the business community. What's happening with this proposal?

A piece in Politico this week says that Eric Garcetti is part of a growing group of local and state Democrats who are breaking with the federal government's policies. In Garcetti's case, that's immigration. 

This weekend is the "Made in America" festival in Grand Park. City Hall's internal emails on this concert show that this two-day concert truly is a priority for the Mayor's Office. Why is that and how's it going to go this weekend?