Politics, government and public life for Southern California

2 candidates vie in San Gabriel Valley for state's first Asian-American district

Matthew Lin

Matthew Lin Campaign

A win for Dr. Matthew Lin would also be a win for the Republican party.

Two candidates in the San Gabriel Valley are fighting to represent the state Assembly’s first Asian-American majority district. 

Matthew Lin, a physician, and engineer Edwin Chau will face each other in the Nov. 6 election.

While the San Gabriel Valley has long been home to immigrants from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, the latest round of redistricting created a seat where Asian-Americans represent 53 percent of the population. It’s the first of its kind in California. About half of the residents there were born outside of the United States and three-quarters speak a language other than English, according to the U.S. Census.

“The area has become a gateway for a lot of Asian-American immigrants and it has been that way for 30, 40 years now,” said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.


LA City Council OKs fewer pension benefits for new city employees

Coalition of LA City Unions

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Attorney Victor Gordo leads a group of city workers during public comment at Friday's meeting of the L.A. City Council.

Los Angeles city workers hired after the start of the next fiscal year will have to work more years to receive fewer pension benefits, under a plan unanimously approved Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. 

The vote finalized a plan first approved a month ago. Councilmen Eric Garcetti and Richard Alarcon had asked city and labor representatives to get together to reach a compromise in the last 30 days, but the talks did not result in any changes.

Problems started with the city’s lawyers determine the new pension tier is not subject to collective bargaining. Labor leaders strongly disagreed.

“I’m here to tell you that we will vigorously pursue our administrative and legal remedies,” said Victor Gordo, an attorney for the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. “You have violated your obligation to meet and confer on the one end, and on the other end you’ve attacked the integrity of our collective bargaining agreement."


Hearing Tuesday on $11 million Arizona donation for CA propositions

California’s elections watchdog went to Sacramento Superior court Thursday to ask a judge for help.

The Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC) wants to find out the names of people who made an $11-million campaign donation to defeat Proposition 30 and pass Prop 32. 

“What is at stake is Democracy." said FPPC Chairwomann Ann Ravel "it’s whether or not people from out of state or even in state who are giving an enormous amount of money to influence campaigns in California should be identified.”

The Fair Political Practices Committee wants the names of the donors disclosed before the November 6 general election. 

Attorneys for Americans for Responsible Leadership said the California agencys' overstepped its authority. 

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Barry Loncke set a hearing on the matter for Tuesday, October 30. The judge asked both sides to file arguments with the court Monday, October 29.


Maven's Morning Coffee: tax breaks in LA, management talks at the zoo, Jose Huizar in minor crash

Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

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Marketplace takes a look at how tax breaks grew business in the city of Los Angeles.

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Marketplace looks at what happened in Los Angeles when the city started giving tax breaks to new businesses.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association may be back in talks to take over management of the zoo, according to the Daily News. Without a change in management, it is unclear how the city can afford to keep the zoo in operation. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Times editorial urges the city to find a way to work with GLAZA on a public-private partnership.


That's My Issue: Reproductive rights

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Pro-choice supporters rally to mark the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, outside the Federal Building January 22, 2008 in the Los Angeles area community of Westwood, California.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

The reproductive rights issue is a big deal for me as a woman.

I definitely see that it’s important to have those rights and to fight for them and to keep them as they are and I feel like it’s a big threat to have Roe v. Wade overturned. 

That's My Issue: Reproductive Rights (Tona Carmelo) by KPCC

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