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Mixer: Broken boulevards of broken meters

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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: James endorsing Garcetti for mayor; Trying to solve a sea lion mystery; Jackson trial starts

Posted April 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Taking sides. City Councilman Eric Garcetti has picked up the support of former rival Kevin James in his bid to become the next mayor of L.A. The sole Republican in the race, James captured more than 16 percent of the vote in the primary. He was heavily courted by both Garcetti and his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel. James’ backing gives Garcetti endorsements from …

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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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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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Updated: March 5th Primary results are in

Posted March 4, 2013 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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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 | ]
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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 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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County agency blamed for child deaths undertakes reform

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Another scathing report on LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services recounts 15 gruesome deaths and even a case of torture that could have been prevented if basic procedures were followed.  The report says caseworkers assigned to assess the dangers to foster children were “just doing their time” instead of heeding repeated warnings of continued abuse. Also, in another of our interviews with …

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Race for Mayor: Kevin James

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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.com/raceformayor. 
The office for mayor is itself is nonpartisan, but Kevin James still stands out as the only Republican in the Big Five. He’s a former federal prosecutor, talk show host, and leader of AIDs Project LA. KCRW’s Saul …

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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 | ]
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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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Friday mixer: Running for mayor of Los Angeles

Posted February 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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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 | ]
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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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Today’s News: School shooting; Budget reaction; Chinese Theatre renamed

Posted January 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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