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How politicians spend and fundraise in California

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
President Obama in Silicon Valley. Photo via Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson/ CC

Political spending in California is not as high as in states with more contentious races, but party leaders still see the state as a place for some serious fundraising.
In the lead-up to the November elections, an estimated $8.2 million has been spent on political ads in California. That’s not a lot compared to states facing more heated races. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania have …

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Mixer: Cashing in on political popularity

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …

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Mixer: Tinseltown tax credits and jobs

Posted September 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this first Friday of the month, we got a jobs report from the Labor Department. A lackluster one, nationally, for sure.
But here in Los Angeles, there’s some optimism from city officials and state lawmakers about film and television production jobs sticking around instead of being exported to other parts of the country.
The California legislature passed a bill that gives $330 million in tax …

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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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Cracking back at a cocaine sentencing disparity

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a law that would reduce sentences for crack cocaine to the same levels as powder cocaine.
The law addresses concerns that unbalanced cocaine sentencing laws punish low-income communities and minorities. It comes four years after President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which eliminated 100-1 disparities in sentences for crack and powdered cocaine convictions.
Crack cocaine is considerably cheaper than …

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Water wrangling goes down to the wire in Sacramento

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says he and Legislative leaders are making progress on a plan to replace an $11 billion water bond on the state ballot with a less expensive version.
But time is running short. A deal will have to be struck by the end of the day or the current bond goes before voters in November.Brown and Democrats are pushing a $7.2 billion plan …

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Lawmakers flip ‘kill switch’ to fight cell phone theft

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Taking the profit motive out of smartphone theft is the motivation behind a bill that’s passed both houses of the state Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The so-called “kill-switch” law would force phone companies to include a feature allowing people to permanently shut down their phones if they are stolen or lost. Consumer activists say the “kill switch” would protect …

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Kashkari goes homeless for knowledge and votes

Posted July 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, has been taking a low profile of late… really low!
In an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kashkari says he just finished spending a week living as a homeless person to better understand the struggles facing many Californians despite improvement in the state economy.
Kashkari is a multimillionaire who lives in Laguna Beach. But he says he took …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Mixer: Reporting from a foreign land is tough – just ask a Brit in LA

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For people who are not familiar with Los Angeles – who aren’t from here, but have to report about the things happening around here, particularly from a media and business standpoint – our neighborhood can be a pretty daunting place.  
All the eccentricities, idiosyncrasies, and moving parts behind-the-scenes make for all kinds of drama fit for an epic Hollywood screenplay.
But in real life, Matthew …

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LACMA redesign has museum spanning Wilshire Blvd.

Posted June 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The L.A. County Museum of Art has unveiled a new design for its proposed $650 million makeover that would have the museum’s main building span Wilshire Boulevard – with traffic passing underneath the structure. The new design by architect Peter Zumthor was created to address concerns that the original plan to extend the museum over the La Brea Tar Pits would cast a shadows …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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Kings skate to edge of L.A.’s second hockey crown

Posted June 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. Kings are on the verge of their second championship in three years after shutting out the New York Rangers 3 to 0. The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to zip. After a pair of overtime nail-biters in L.A., the Kings cruised to victory in Game 3 in New York last nightbehind the stellar goal keeping of Jonathan Quick. The …

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Mixer: Election recap and scathing LASD report

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Gene Maddaus is reporter for the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta joined us from the LA Times to talk elections and Sheriff’s Department.
Last Tuesday was primary election day in California and a handful of other states across the country.
With candidates from both parties on the ballot, in a new, open primary.
Governor Brown won big in the gubernatorial contest… and he’s set to take on Republican …

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Does Neel Kashkari have a shot to upset Gov. Brown?

Posted June 5, 2014 by | 23 Comments | ]
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Neel Kashkari isn’t taking much time to savor his victory. The moderate Republican beat Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in this week’s gubernatorial primary. Now Kashkari is setting his sights on the general election this fall. But he starts out as a huge underdog in his bid to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.
Yesterday Kashkari called for unity in the Republican Party. And he tried to …

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Races head to run-offs after scant turnout in primary

Posted June 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Turnout was expected to be low for yesterday’s election – but the actual numbers may be even more dismal than anticipated. Preliminary results for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder show that barely 13 percent of us took the time to vote: 13.19 percent, to be exact.  About 4.8 million county residents are registered, but just 636,000 people cast ballots in the primary. More than a …

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Republican rivals are tied heading into Election Day

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On the eve of Election Day, a new poll shows the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are in a dead heat. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari has been trailing Assemblyman Tim Donnelley through the primary election campaign, but he’s now has pulled into a statistical tie with his rival. The USC Dornsife-L.A. Times Poll finds that 32 percent of likely …

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Mixer: Isla Vista, one week later, and an election on the way

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Nick Welsh reports for the Santa Barbara Independent and Seema Mehta is with the Los Angeles Times. Both joined us this week for their perspectives.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a welfare check on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his deadly rampage in Isla Vista knew of disturbing videos that he posted, but didn’t watch them after determining he was not a threat …

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Union Station on track for major rail expansion

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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L.A. transportation officials are planning a major upgrade of the tracks at Union Station. The $350 million project would enable Amtrak and Metrolink trains to run straight through the historic terminal, instead of having to enter and exit the station through the sole existing entrance on the north side. Under the plan, new tracks will extend from the south end of the terminal and …

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