Index
Tuesday
Feb242015

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council, court ruling, redistricting challenge: "Federal judge rejects challenge to L.A. council's 2012 redistricting" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Federal judge rejects challenge to L.A. council's 2012 redistricting" - From the LAT:

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a three-year-old legal challenge to the boundaries drawn for Los Angeles' 15 City Council districts, saying she found no evidence that race was the predominant factor in creating the new maps. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall said lawyers for the city provided "undisputed evidence" that the boundaries approved by the council achieved "traditional non-racial redistricting” goals, such as keeping distinct communities and neighborhood councils in the same district.

The ruling delivered a major victory to council President Herb Wesson, who presided over the once-a-decade redistricting process and is now seeking a third term in Tuesday's election. The decision also dealt a blow to a group of Koreatown residents who argued that the map-making process diluted the neighborhood's voting power and unlawfully divided it into multiple districts.

Foes of the 2012 redistricting vote maintained that . . . . . . . .

In her decision, Marshall described . . . . . . . .

 

The council's redistricting process produced grievances that continue to reverberate today. In South Los Angeles . . . . Meanwhile, candidates running to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge in Tuesday's election say . . . . . . . .

Koreatown activist Grace Yoo, who testified against the boundaries in 2012 and is now running to unseat Wesson, said she was "extremely disappointed" with the judge's decision .................

Tuesday
Feb242015

L.A. CITY HALL: "McMansions," delay, proposed interim control ordinance: "L.A. council panel delays vote on temporary mansionization measures" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. council panel delays vote on temporary mansionization measures" - From the LAT:

A Los Angeles City Council planning committee on Tuesday postponed a closely watched decision on a set of temporary ordinances intended to limit the construction of "McMansions" in 20 neighborhoods. After hearing dozens of speakers pro and con, Councilmen Gilbert A. Cedillo and Mitchell Englander agreed to put off a vote on whether to recommend that the full council pass the so-called interim control ordinances. Panel Chairman Jose Huizar was absent.

Adrian Scott Fine, director of advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, said it was unfortunate that the panel did not act on one proposed interim ordinance that, if approved by the council, would establish a moratorium on permits for demolitions and extensive renovations in five areas that expect to be designated as historic preservation overlay zones. "The door is open" to more demolitions, he said. "We need to act fast."

City planners view the interim ordinances as a stopgap measure to rein in the wave of teardowns that many residents say is changing the character of single-family neighborhoods ...........

Tuesday
Feb242015

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Los Angeles Unified School District, federal education law, funding for disadvantaged students: "L.A. schools could lose $782 million under federal bill" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. schools could lose $782 million under federal bill" - From the LAT:

A Republican-led effort to revise a federal education law could slash $782 million for disadvantaged students in Los Angeles Unified over the next six years, federal education officials said Tuesday.

Under the proposed House of Representatives bill, the nation's largest 33 school districts with high concentrations of Latino and African American students could receive $3 billion less in federal funding than President Obama's budget provides, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters in a teleconference Tuesday.

The bill, set for a House vote this week, would mark the first revision since 2001 of a law passed during the civil rights movement half a century ago to expand equal educational opportunities for poor and minority students.

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The U.S. Department of Education based the funding estimates on two of the bill's provisions. One would . . . . . Another would .....................

Tuesday
Feb242015

L.A. CITY HALL: Charter Amendments 1 and 2, opposition: "Bid to move L.A. electins faces growing opposition from candidates" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Bid to move L.A. elections faces growing opposition from candidates" - From the LAT:

The campaign to combine Los Angeles' elections with state and federal contests has been hailed by backers as a way to lift the city's dismal turnout, which in the last mayoral race was 23%. But more than a dozen candidates for City Council now say that they oppose the idea, claiming it could make races more expensive and give a leg up to incumbents and others backed by special interests.

Charter Amendments 1 and 2 were put on the March 3 ballot by the council to reverse a decline in voter participation during the odd-year city and school board elections. On the campaign trail, however, several candidates — some experiencing their first brush with the election process — have begun warning that the date change would have other, less positive, consequences.

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Backers of the two ballot measures have already been fending off criticism over contributions they have accepted from billboard companies, real estate developers and other groups with business before City Hall. Dermot Givens, a Los Angeles-based political consultant not involved in this year's Los Angeles elections, said the number of candidates opposing the measures now suggests that they are hearing similar complaints from voters. "It's the people talking about it that are forcing the candidates to talk about it," he said.

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For opponents of the two measures, one of the biggest sticking points is ...........................

 

Tuesday
Feb242015

POLITICS (National, State): Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate seat: "Antonio Villaraigosa's departure scrambles U.S. Senate race"; also, "Who's in? Who's Out? Possible successors to California Sen. Barbara Boxer" ....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Antonio Villaraigosa's departure scrambles U.S. Senate race" - From the Bee:

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against a run for the U.S. Senate, leaving California Latinos without an immediate standard-bearer for the office and shifting the focus to Washington where a handful of Democrats are considering possible candidacies. Villaraigosa, 62, a former speaker of the state Assembly, spent more than a month conversing with supporters and soliciting advice from elected leaders, fundraisers and consultants on a potential effort to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer next year.

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His departure leaves Latino leaders without an obvious choice, and could prompt some of them to declare support for the only announced candidate in the race, Democrat Kamala Harris, the state attorney general.

Harris has spent weeks raising money and securing the backing of everyone from . . . . . . . .

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Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and leaders from the California Latino Legislative Caucus have said they are concerned about a possible lack of ethnic and geographical diversity in the field .............................

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* Sacramento Bee:  "Who's in? Who's out? Possible successors to California Sen. Barbara Boxer"