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State of Affairs: LA minimum wage, mayors in hot water, and the race for Waxman's seat




Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the naming ceremony for the ames K. Hahn City Hall East building downtown.
Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the naming ceremony for the ames K. Hahn City Hall East building downtown.
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Southern California Public Radio's Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze join guest host Ben Bergman for the latest in California politics.

The wrangling at Los Angeles City Hall over raising the minimum wage continues. Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed hiking the wage to $13.25 an hour within three years, with the first bump next year. Now, five members of the City Council want an in-depth study of the proposal, a move that could derail the mayor’s plan.  What's behind this move?

Mayor Eric Garcetti is in Washington DC this week. Why is he there?
 
Big money continues to flow into an independent expenditure committee for Bobby Shriver, who is running for the District 3 seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  He is competing with former State Senator Sheila Kuehl to replace outgoing Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the powerful board. Where's the money coming from?
 
There’s an unusual story involving the mayor of Murrieta in Riverside County. He’s resigned after a car crash where police said he failed a field sobriety test. The crash injured four high school girls and one remains in the hospital. But he continues to run for re-election to the city council. He has resigned, but he is still running?
 
And the longtime mayor of Santa Ana is under fire for shutting down a recent city council meeting because someone in the audience refused to remove their hat with an anti-police expletive on it. Mayor Pulido faces other challenges as well. 
 
Finally, a pop quiz: Los Angeles County’s Registrar of Voters is placing new cardboard kiosks in each of the county’s more than 4,000 polling places on election day. The kiosks will provide voting information in 10 languages. English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese are five of the languages. Can you name the other five?