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Drought-stricken California keeps getting dryer

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

California’s drought is getting worse: The National Weather Service says one-third of the state is now suffering from “exceptional” drought, the highest category of drought conditions. The latest areas to be added to the “exceptional” list are in Central and Northern California. The U.S. Drought Monitor – yes, there is such an office – says no part of the state had “exceptional” drought conditions …

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Races head to run-offs after scant turnout in primary

Posted June 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Race to Replace Waxman: An interview with Ted Lieu

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

Since the surprise announcement that longtime Los Angeles democrat Henry Waxman would retire from Congress after this year, local candidates have been lining up for a shot at the previously untouchable 33rd congressional district seat.
There’s still one month left for prospective candidates to file for the state’s June primary. But in the early running, two Democrats have emerged as the likely favorites: State Senator …

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Mixer: Waxman out. So who’s next?

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Gene Maddaus reports for the LA Weekly and Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
Officially, …

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Sierra snowpack level lowest ever for late January

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

California finally got some badly needed rain, and a bit more is expected this weekend. But it won’t be nearly enough to quench the thirst of drought-parched California. State officials say snow levels are 12 percent of normal – the lowest they’ve been at this time of year in half-a-century of record keeping. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are working on an emergency $600 …

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LA Observed: Can Big Data improve City Hall?

Posted August 19, 2013 by | 57 Comments | ]
Los Angeles City Hall. Photo by stevecadman via Flickr/CC.

New Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is using some tools at his disposal to gather information that’s germane to his job.
Galperin’s using a huge database to make comparisons of city spending, including salaries at the Department of Water and Power compared with other LA city employees.
The new data release is shedding some light on how tax dollars are being spent here in the …

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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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The Mixer: Stick a fork in it

Posted May 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Ladies and gentlemen, Los Angeles has a new mayor. If you’ve been under a rock, or refusing to follow the news for some reason, Eric Garcetti will succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The burning question in our LA election post-mortem centers on whether Mayor-elect Garcetti has the political chops to walk into City Hall and make it his show. The still-Councilman Garcetti – who represents Hollywood, Echo Park …

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Today’s News: Full plate of labor issues awaits Garcetti; Valley was critical in mayor’s race; Missing Newport art

Posted May 23, 2013 by | 8 Comments | ]
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti talks to the press the day after his election

Garcetti’s challenge. L.A. Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will meet today with the man he’ll be taking over from on July 1st. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls Garcetti “a true leader”and says he trusts him to guide the city into a bright future.”
Garcetti is going to have some sensitive issues to deal with when he moves into the mayor’s office. At the top of the list, salaries …

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How Republicans and women helped sway the LA mayor’s race

Posted May 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Wendy Greuel, speaking at her campaign headquarters in Van Nuys, on May 22, 2013. Photo by Avishay Artsy

City Councilman Eric Garcetti is the next mayor of Los Angeles, beating City Controller Wendy Greuel by 54 percent to 46 percent.
That’s pretty much exactly how the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University called it last night at 8 pm, just as polls closed. Among their findings – Garcetti won 63 percent of the Latino vote, and 54 percent …

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Today’s News: Eric Garcetti will be L.A.’s next mayor; Feuer blows out Trutanich; Controller race to Galperin

Posted May 22, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Mayor. Eric Garcetti will be L.A.’s youngest mayor in more than a century.
With every precinct in the city reporting, the 42-year-old City Councilman has 54 percent of the vote, to 46 percent for City Controller Wendy Greuel. Greuel called Garcetti to concede around 2 this morning, and she’ll make it official later today.
The mayoral race generated a record $33 million in spending and dragged …

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L.A. votes: Garcetti wins race for mayor

Posted May 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

6:31 am: Eric Garcetti wins, Wendy Greuel concedes. Well, it happened in the wee dark hours (the LA Times posted its story at 3:27 am), but as Los Angeles wakes up Wednesday morning, the results are unambiguous: Eric Garcetti will become the next mayor of Los Angeles, succeeding Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is termed out of office. The final count is Garcetti 54 percent …

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Today’s News: Campaigns hustle to get out the vote; U.C. medical workers launch strike; Bank heist arrests

Posted May 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
By Muffet via Flickr

Campaign’s end. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are leaving no stone unturned as they engage in a last-minute scramble to sway undecided voters. The mayoral candidates were in constant motion yesterday, canvassing the city from Sherman Oaks and Westwood to East L.A. and San Pedro in a final push for votes.
Today, the campaigns turn their attention to mobilizing supporters to go to the polls. …

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The business behind political mail

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

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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Today’s News: Mayoral candidates sprint to the finish; Race sets spending record; Poll says Feuer way ahead

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, left, and Wendy Greuel

Election’s eve. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will be criss-crossing the city today in a last-dash effort to sway undecided voters. After two years of campaigning, the hard fought and expensive campaign for mayor of L.A. comes to an end tomorrow.
A new USC-L.A. Times poll gives Garcetti a seven-point lead over Greuel – 48 percent to 41 percent – with 11 percent of likely …

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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 | 117 Comments | ]

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: Trutanich, Feuer battle to the wire; Federal oversight ends for LAPD; Powerball fever

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 90 Comments | ]

Top prosecutor. The city attorney’s race came to “Which Way, L.A.?” last night as KCRW’s Warren Olney conducted separate interviews with the candidates in Tuesday’s run-off election. The incumbent, Carmen Trutanich – or “Nuch” as he’s commonly known – finds himself in an uphill battle to keep the job that he won in a surprise victory four years ago.
After pledging not to run for another …

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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 | 26 Comments | ]

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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