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Today is Thursday, Sept. 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
The Sacramento Bee previews tonight's debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari. A new Field Poll finds about 60 percent of likely voters do not have an opinion of Kashkari, who is running behind Brown by 16 points. "Without enough money for a heavy run of TV ads, (Kashkari) has scrounged for free publicity in unusual ways, including filming himself posing as a homeless man in Fresno, hosting talk radio shows and creating a scholarship competition for college students who make ads for his campaign," according to the newspaper.
Free Made in America tickets were given to Los Angeles City Council and City Hall staffers, reports the Los Angeles Times. City lawmakers cannot accept gifts from contractors that exceed $100, but a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said staff accepted the tickets because the concert was city-sponsored.
Developer Rick Caruso penned a Los Angeles Times op-ed on former Mayor Jim Hahn and the tough decisions he made in office. "When Mayor Hahn faced two critical decision points, he had the fortitude to base his decisions on what was best for Los Angeles, even though he understood the consequences his actions were likely to have on his political career. The city is far better off today because of his courage," Caruso writes. The piece comes as City Hall East is renamed in Hahn's honor.
Metro's fare increases, set to take effect on Sept. 15, won't be enough to close a $36 million deficit, reports the Daily News. Fares cover 25 percent of the agency's budget but Metro officials say that figure must increase to 33 percent in order to have a balanced budget. "The double-whammy — a rate increase possibly followed by service cuts — reflects the agency’s low collection rate from riders," per the newspaper.
Which Way, LA? takes on districted driving and the case of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who struck and killed a cyclist while he was texting and driving.
Mayor Eric Garcetti will join former Mayor Jim Hahn at 11 a.m. to rename City Hall East in Hahn's honor.
- Los Angeles City Council: Recess (10 a.m.)
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