Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
Officially, former City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has announced her candidacy, saying she will move into the district to run. State Senator Ted Lieu also officially threw his hat in the ring.
Both are Democrats.
Independent candidate Marianne Williamson has also declared her intention for run.
It’s a district that President Obama won handily.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced her as his choice to replace DWP manager Ron Nichols. She was confirmed by the City Council this week.
Edwards comes from Orange County, where she served as the City Manager of Anaheim. She also comes from a line of family members who worked at the DWP.
Her arrival comes amid an intense investigation into two trusts that received more that $40 (M) million in ratepayer money from the DWP.
There’s also a new sheriff in town. (cue the music from an old western).
John Scott took over – at high noon yesterday – from Lee Baca, who stepped aside after 15 years heading the department.
The department is under a black cloud after a dozen and a half current and former deputies/employees were indicted on abuse and obstruction of justice charges pertaining to county jails.
Finally, Gene Maddaus has a story in this week’s LA Weekly about mass transit running to and from LAX.
But there are some interesting findings about the people who use LAX and where they come from, and whether they would actually use public transportation to get there.