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Voter Guide: May 21st elections

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Did you know that L.A. has more than 2 million eligible voters, but that 1.6 million of them are expected to skip the election on Tuesday? This means that you, dear voter, have a lot of responsibility.
When to Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, May 21st.
Where to Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
Wendy Greuel vs. Eric Garcetti:
Angelenos will finally …

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Today’s News: Election Day arrives in L.A.; County-USC expansion?; Cell phone giveaway

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Vote. Municipal elections are underway around Southern California this morning, including the high-profile mayor’s race in the city of Los Angeles. None of the eight candidates for mayor of L.A. is expected to win an outright majority. The big spenders, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are the favorites to reach a March run-off. But City Councilwoman Jan Perry, businessman Kevin …

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LA Observed: LA’s next mayor and the ‘vision’ thing

Tomorrow is the primary election for Los Angeles’ mayor and several district races. While the candidates have discussed lots of topics, like pension reform and fixing broken sidewalks, there’s another issue that hasn’t gotten much attention: what should the city look like in the future? You know, that “vision thing.”
A critic’s notebook this weekend by the LA Times’ Christopher Hawthorne looked at several areas …

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Today’s News: Garcetti, Greuel in the lead; Brulte heads GOP; Kings best sports story

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Home stretch. On the eve of the L.A. mayor’s race, a new poll finds City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel in a virtual tie for the lead. None of the five major candidates appears to be in a position to capture more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid a run-off. The survey finds that 27 percent of voters favor …

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Friday Mixer: The last hurrah before Tuesday’s primary

It’s the final days of the L.A. mayoral primary campaign, with the five major candidates vying for the city’s top spot.
An infusion of money in the race, more attacks between the top two candidates, and a new campaign video that digs deep into the core of politics – all among the things discussed in our Friday Mixer.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis is joined by Gene Maddaus …

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Candidates for L.A. City Attorney debate on Warren Olney’s WWLA

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The Los Angeles City Attorney defends the city against civil lawsuits and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses.  He or she provides legal counsel to the mayor, the city council and departments and drafts all new laws and ordinances.  Three candidates joined Warren in the studio Monday night:  the incumbent Carmen Trutanich, Mike Feuer, who was termed out of the state assembly last year, and private attorney …

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Today’s News: Bell trial nears end; Dorner firing probe; Pricey School Board races

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Bell corruption. Closing arguments are expected to begin today in a corruption trial for the former mayor of Bell and five former city councilmembers. They’re accused of giving themselves six-figure salaries in a rip-off that prosecutors say put the small city on the edge of bankruptcy. The defendants say they didn’t know they were doing anything legal because they were kept in the dark …

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Today’s News: Jerry Buss dies; Mayoral endorsements; WGA picks ‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

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King of hoops. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center following a battle with cancer. Buss, who was either 79 or 80 (there’s some dispute about his birth date), earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and made a fortune in real estate before buying the Lakers and Los Angeles Kings for $67 million in 1979 from Jack Kent Cooke. …

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Friday Mixer: IBEW, Riordan, and Latinos

The Los Angeles mayoral primary is two weeks from Tuesday, and the campaigns of the five main candidates are reaching for as many votes as they can. Vying to replace Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s termed out of office.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, and Mary Melton is editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine. They join KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis for our weekly Friday Mixer.
They discussed IBEW Local …

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Today’s News: Dorner’s body ID’d; Campaign corruption; Blacklisted screenwriter

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Dorner case. Burned human remains found in a San Bernardino Mountain cabin after a wild shootout have been positively identified as those of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, but the investigation into his alleged murder spree continues. Court documents suggest Dorner gathered information on his first two victims – Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence – before he shot them to death in Irvine last week. …

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A long look at Wendy Greuel

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Mayoral candidate and City Controller Wendy Greuel makes the front cover of the LA Weekly this week. The story by Gene Maddaus, a regular on our Friday mixer segment, talks about Greuel’s connection to some of the city’s most powerful unions and how that might come back to bite her on March 5. Greuel is one of the leading candidates for mayor, along with …

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LA Observed: Getty House, Greuel’s Police Plan, and More from the Mayor’s Race

The five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates met for a debate on Sunday morning in Hancock Park. Moderating the town hall debate was none other than Kevin Roderick, editor of LA Observed, who joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis with the latest on the campaign.
One question Kevin asked, and that got picked up today in the L.A. Times, was about their plans for Getty House — …

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Friday mixer: Running for mayor of Los Angeles

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The primary election in the race for mayor is a month away – but the campaign isn’t getting much traction with voters. Is it the candidates? Is it the issues – or lack thereof? And what’s next for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis sat down with city reporters Gene Maddaus and Dakota Smith to get some answers.
 
Steve Chiotakis: All right, happy Friday to you …

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Today’s News: SEIU weighs mayoral endorsement; Push to expand Medicaid; Counting the homeless

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Healthcare evolution. Assembly Speaker John Perez has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid by more than a million people. It’s the first move as the state Legislature holds a special session dedicated to tackling healthcare reform. The money to pay for the expansion would come from the federal government under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The bill would provide coverage for …

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Today’s News: Mahony hid abuse cases; High-speed rail safety; Martian milestone

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Church secrets. Former Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony and a top adviser sought to conceal molestation of children by Catholic priests from law enforcement, according to internal Church records released by the L.A. Times. The revelations relate to memos written more than two decades ago by Mahony and Monsignor Thomas Curry, then the L.A. Archdiocese’s advisor on sex abuse cases. In the notes, Curry …

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Today’s News: School shooting; Budget reaction; Chinese Theatre renamed

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School Shooting. Taft Union High School in Kern County is closed this morning, one day after a 16-year-old opened fire with a shotgun in a classroom and critically injured a peer. Authorities he’ll be charged with attempted murder. The teen allegedly targeted two boys who he claimed bullied him. One of those boys – a football player – is the injured student. He’s expected …

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Today’s News: Rolling roses; Sales taxes up; USC down

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Petal power. The Rose Parade is rolling. Thousands of people braved chilly weather to spend the night along Pasadena streets in anticipation of the 124th running of the Tournament of Roses. They’re being treated to a glorious, sunny day. Police say 21 people were arrested overnight, all but one for public drunkenness. The theme of this year’s Tournament of Roses is “Oh, the Places …

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Today’s News: Reports rips California stem cell agency; LA gets first Poet Laureate; Suffering ski resorts

Hands on. An independent panel says conflicts of interest abound at California’s $3 billion stem cell institute, with many board members standing to benefit financially from decisions the agency makes. Authors of the review say the agency needs to be thoroughly restructured. The study was undertaken on behalf of the national Institute of Medicine. It didn’t cite specific incidents but instead focused on structural …

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Today’s News: Baca backs off deportation holds; Fight for control of First AME; Youth movement for Grammys

No holds. L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says his department will no longer honor federal requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes. Baca’s change of heart comes one day after California Attorney General Kamela Harris said state law enforcement agencies were not obligated to comply with the Secure Communities program. Baca follows LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who announced in October that …

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Today’s News: Riordan drops pension measure, San Bernardino cuts deep; LAUSD loses ‘Race to Top’

Retiring type. Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan says his team simply didn’t have the time it needed to collect the nearly 300,000 signatures required to qualify a pension reform measure for the May ballot. Riordan has abandoned the effort. His measure would have scaled back benefits for current city workers and required new hires to accept a 410(k)-style retirement plan instead of a guaranteed …

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An annihilated California GOP looks to Latinos for help

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In 1994, Republican Governor Pete Wilson won re-election with Proposition 187, which denied almost all state services to illegal immigrants. It was finally thrown out by the courts, but Latinos have never forgotten. Now they’re the fastest-growing part of a very different electorate. And yet, this year’s GOP platform sounds exactly like Prop 187, “We call for the termination of all… state benefits to …

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