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Mixer: Broken boulevards of broken meters

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

We know there’s debt at City Hall. Apparently, there’s also debt on the way to City Hall.
Our guests this week on the Mixer are David Zahniser from the Los Angeles Times and Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News.

After months of campaigning for the city’s top job, the candidates leave behind a trail of IOUs. Eric Garcetti ultimately won that fight, but his main …

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Today’s News: Newport fire ring fight moves to AQMD; Garcetti taps Perry for Economic post; Exide reprieve

Posted July 3, 2013 by | 99 Comments | ]

Ring of fire. If you’re headed to Newport Beach for the 4th of July holiday, go ahead and light a bonfire…It could be your last chance.
Yes, Newport Beach officials sent a letter to the California Coastal Commission yesterday nixing the city’s application to remove about five dozen fire rings from city beaches. But the bonfire battle is far from over. The decision had more …

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Friday Mixer: Battling for endorsements, Hollywood development, LA 2020

Posted March 29, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

In this week’s Friday Mixer, we ask, who has the mayoral race endorsement edge? Eric Garcetti received the backing of city councilwoman and former mayoral candidate Jan Perry, while Wendy Greuel got a high-five from former LA Laker – and current part-owner of the LA Dodgers – Magic Johnson.
Could Garcetti’s vocal opposition to the Hollywood Millennium  development project end up helping him if he …

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Today’s News: Perry gives support to Garcetti; New gig for Fabian Nunez; Heat is on fire rings

Posted March 28, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Perry’s pick. Jan Perry is expected to announce today that she’s endorsing Eric Garcetti for mayor. The two have been colleagues on the city council for a dozen years. Perry finished fourth in the March 5th mayoral primary election, drawing about 16 percent of the vote. She was the overwhelming favorite in the city’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods. L.A. Times
Budget bunch. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary …

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Today’s News: CalPERS corruption charges; Variety ‘ankles'; Convention Center Plan B

Posted March 19, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

CalPERS corruption. The former head of the state’s public employee retirement fund and a former board member have been charged with gaming the system to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. A federal grand jury says former CalPERS CEO Federico Buenrostro Jr. and former board member Alfred Villalobos – a one-time deputy mayor of L.A. – illegally served as placement agents, basically …

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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 | ]

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

Posted March 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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

Posted March 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Updated: March 5th Primary results are in

Posted March 4, 2013 by and | 0 Comments | ]

Election Results:
Updated 7:30 am: With the results of the March 5 primary now tallied, we now know that Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will face each other in a May run-off election that will determine the next mayor of Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is being termed out of office.
A meager 16 percent of the city’s registered voters showed up at the polls yesterday – …

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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 | ]

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 gloves are coming off in the mayor’s race

Posted February 22, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

It’s just over a week away: the March 5 primary election for the Los Angeles mayor’s race. And the gloves are off. The five-leading candidates have come out swinging, with more negative ads, hard-hitting mailers (pictured left and below) and personal attacks.
Will the candidates showing their bare knuckles finally draw some attention to this important race? Will attack ads help voters decide who the …

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LA Observed: Endorsements roll in for mayor’s race

Posted February 18, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

LA’s mayoral primary is two weeks from tomorrow, and some of the candidates are kicking it into higher gear with endorsements and money from Hollywood big shots, newspapers and even the loathed former Dodger owner.
Kevin Roderick is with us from LA Observed as he is every Monday with a look at the race and those who are throwing their weight around.

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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 | ]

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

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

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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Race for Mayor: Jan Perry

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

In the weeks leading up to the March 5th primary, Which Way, LA? is talking to each of the five leading candidates for Mayor. Find more here: 
KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez caught up with Jan Perry in her field office after a day of campaigning. Perry said her favorite place to go in Los Angeles is the Wetlands at Slauson and Compton. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing …

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Friday mixer: Running for mayor of Los Angeles

Posted February 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

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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LA Observed: Mayoral candidates square off

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor square off tonight in a debate at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The debate will be the first live, televised forum in this year’s mayoral campaign.
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are the race’s top contenders. Also joining them on stage will be Councilwoman Jan Perry, entertainment attorney and radio host Kevin James, and …

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Today’s News: Garcetti’s fundraising pledge; ‘Parent trigger'; Toyota settlement

Posted January 18, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Political pledge. “Thanks, but no.” That’s the response City Councilman Eric Garcetti is getting to his proposal for the major candidates in the March 5th mayoral election to forgo money they get from outside funding sources. Garcetti says he wants to lessen the influence of political action committees and other outside organizations in the contest. He’s asking the candidates to sign a pledge – …

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