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October 17 | SoCal Patch

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission opted Tuesday to bring in an outside hearing officer to oversee its case against Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Refugio "Ref" Rodriguez and his cousin.


October 16 | KPCC

The Los Angeles Unified School District's student enrollment numbers have decreased again, and a new headcount shows this year's drop was slightly bigger than district officials had anticipated. Instead of losing around 10,000 students — as originally forecast — L.A. Unified's final enrollment count was down by 13,000 students compared to last year, the district's chief financial officer Scott Price said. In the short term, district officials project the discrepancy will cost L.A. Unified an additional $17 million in revenues generated by student attendance — yet another hit to the district's $7.5 billion operating budget.


October 12 | LA Times

There are many paths to the presidency, most of them a standard climb from one elected office to the next.


October 10 | NBC LA

A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to revisit one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's top priorities today -- requiring real estate developers to help fund the construction of affordable housing through a "linkage fee." The Planning and Land Use Management -- PLUM -- Committee last discussed the issue in August, where it made a number of changes to a draft ordinance that would create the fee, including the addition of a tiered fee structure depending on the market rate of the neighborhood.


October 10 | L.A. Times

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clear from the outset of his appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that he would not be offering definitive pronouncements on his future.


October 8 | Salon

The Zero Waste International Alliance defines its goal as “ethical, economical, efficient and visionary," and also as a way to "guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”


October 6 | LA Weekly

It was a big week for immigrants' rights in California. Saying the Legislature's sanctuary state proposal "ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected," Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed it into law. It was hailed by pro-immigrant groups such as CHIRLA (the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights), whose spokesman, Jorge Mario-Cabrera, said via email that it's "a firewall against ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and the hateful Trump rhetoric." But the signing casts a shadow over Los Angeles City Hall, which has long prided itself on being a bastion of pro-immigrant and progressive values.


October 5 | Sacramento Bee

Nobody in next year’s gubernatorial contest has stood through so many brawls, physical and otherwise. His early activism attracted devoted supporters who joined him in marches and on picket lines, and remain close to him today. But Villaraigosa’s improbable rise from East Los Angeles to become Assembly speaker and the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in more than a century has covered him in political scar tissue.


October 4 | CBS LA

Would a city-owned public bank address some of Los Angeles’ pressing issues — such as affordable housing, small business growth and financing for municipal projects — while also freeing the city from the influence of private banks who put shareholder interests over those of the public good? That’s what L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson believes. In July, Wesson issued a challenge to the council to create the nation’s first ever city-owned bank.


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