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The business behind political mail

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
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Has your mailbox been overflowing in recent weeks with political mailers touting candidates for tomorrow’s election? Mine has. At some point, I started to wonder: Who makes these things? How does the business work? And what do they really do? I recently spoke to two slate mail producers — one Democrat, one Republican — to get some answers.
The mailers I examined are simple advertising …

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Friday ‘House’ Mixer: So what are we being asked to vote for anyway?

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
L to R: Warren Olney, Saul Gonzalez and Steve Chiotakis

Just a few more days before you go to the polls.  Let’s review, shall we?
We’re in the final stretch, so here’s some information you need to know about the candidates and propositions before you punch, pull or bubble-in that ballot.
KCRW’s Warren Olney, host of Which Way, LA? and To The Point joined us, as did KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez, who’s been covering some of the campaigns …

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Voter Guide: May 21st elections

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]
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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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Why Los Angeles residents don’t vote

Posted May 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Los Angeles voter Amanda Sutton casts a ballot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the next mayor of Los Angeles and several other key offices. But will there be a flood of ballots, or merely a trickle?
Used to be, a lot more votes were cast in L.A. during big city elections. Here we are on the cusp of selecting a new mayor for the second most populous …

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Friday Mixer: Polls, schools and optics

Posted May 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On today’s Mixer, we welcomed Gene Maddaus from the LA Weekly and Howard Blume, the education reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
There are a couple of new polls that came out this week. One comes from the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, showing 46% of likely voters backing Wendy Greuel and 45% who back Eric Garcetti.
Nine percent are still undecided.
The Cal State survey shows Greuel polls …

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What you need to know about Prop. F and Prop. D, L.A.’s battling marijuana propositions

Posted May 6, 2013 by | 56 Comments | ]
Medical marijuana clinics are allowed to operate in California because voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996. The initiative allowed the establishment of marijuana collectives in the state for people using cannabis as a way to relieve pain  Since then, California cities, like Los Angeles, have struggled to regulate the marijuana dispensary industry.

Earlier this morning, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that communities have the right to ban medical marijuana clinics from operating in their city limits using local zoning and land use ordinances. Currently, about 200 California communities maintain such bans using their zoning authority. Los Angeles, where cannabis clubs are as common as Starbucks, isn’t one of the places with a …

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Warren Olney is hosting a mayoral debate and you should come!

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 19 Comments | ]
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Who will be the next LA mayor? Do you have questions you still want answered?
With just a few weeks left until Election Day, it’s time to get beyond the campaign rhetoric and 30-second commercials in the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti visit Zócalo for a live debate. They’ll take questions—and follow-ups—from Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.?”
It’s a chance to demand specifics …

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Today’s News: Dodgers open with high hopes; Candidates’ speak; Pixomondo quits features

Posted April 1, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Play ball! It’s Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers will take on the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at 1:10 this afternoon. The Dodgers are upping the ante in a big way this year: Their $230 million payroll is the highest in Major League history. Fans today will also get a look at a $100 million renovation of Dodger Stadium, completed just …

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Today’s News: AEG’s Farmers Field in flux; Broad eyes Tribune; Marathon weekend

Posted March 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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No sale. First AEG was for sale…now it’s not, but influential CEO Tim Leiweke is heading out the door. So what does it all for the company’s proposed downtown football stadium and a return of the NFL to Los Angeles? One NFL source tells the L.A. Times that Leiweke’s exit all but kills the Farmers Field plan. But Councilwoman Jan Perry, a major backer …

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L.A. Mayor’s Race: The last man and woman standing

Posted March 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, left, and Wendy Greuel

Who are Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, and why do they want to be mayor of Los Angeles? After a primary election that saw less than 20 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Greuel cashed in their front-runner status for invitations to the May 21st primary.
Both candidates are liberal Democrats but, beyond that, few Angelenos know much about …

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Today’s News: Garcetti and Greuel in run-off; Feuer outpaces Trutanich; Voters reject sales tax hike

Posted March 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mayor’s race. It’ll be either Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel sitting in the mayor’s chair come July. With all precincts reporting, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Greuel easily outpaced their opponents to clinch a spot in the May run-off election. Garcetti captured 32.9 percent of the vote to Greuel’s 29.2 percent yesterday. Businessman Kevin James, the sole Republican contender, finished third with 16.4 …

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Primary election primer for Los Angeles voters

Posted March 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Voters in the city of Los Angeles are going to the polls today to whittle down the field of candidates vying for some of the city’s top elected spots.
But turnout is expected to be super-low. Which means a select few Angelenos will have big reigns over a primary that will choose the city’s next mayor, several city council members, city attorney and controller.
Joining KCRW’s …

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

Posted March 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted March 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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

Posted March 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted March 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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

Posted February 26, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
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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

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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’

Posted February 18, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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