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L.A. CITY HALL: Rick Orlov TIPOFF, proposed city sales tax increase, support/opposition, division within political ranks and within labor ranks.... 

* Daily News (Rick Orlov TIPOFF):  "City sales tax measure draws lines on support" - From the DN:

The half-cent sales tax measure on the March 5 ballot is shaping up as City Council member against City Council member, unions against unions.

In ballot arguments on Proposition A, Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Joe Buscaino signed on as supporters of the measure - along with Police Chief Charlie Beck and Fire Chief Brian Cummings. Opposing the measure are council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks, along with former Mayor Richard Riordan, mayoral candidate Kevin James and controller candidate Cary Brazeman for the argument written by activist Jack Humphreville.

Drawing some of the most interest is that Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, went against the recommendation of the political committee of SEIU, Local 721, which voted to oppose the measure. Durazo is a close ally of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has not taken a position on the sales tax and leaves office next year, as well as several City Council members, who will be in office for years to come......