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State of Affairs: Public employee pensions, Alarcon trial, and Controller race recount




Some of the many boarded up store fronts along Weber Street in Stockton, Calif., in 2012. The Stockton City Council voted to declare bankruptcy in 2012, making it the largest city in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 to that time. This week, a judge suggested that retired Stockton employees could see their benefits reduced as the city goes through bankruptcy.
Some of the many boarded up store fronts along Weber Street in Stockton, Calif., in 2012. The Stockton City Council voted to declare bankruptcy in 2012, making it the largest city in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 to that time. This week, a judge suggested that retired Stockton employees could see their benefits reduced as the city goes through bankruptcy.
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In today's State of Affairs, pensions benefits for retired public employees in the bankrupt city of Stockton, CA could be on the chopping block, a recount in the close contest for California State Controller, and new testimony in the voter fraud and perjury trial of former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon.

KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join Take Two for those stories and more.

We start with the debate over the growing cost of public employee pensions in California... In the bankrupt city of Stockton, California this week a judge suggested that retired Stockton employees could see their pensions cut. What did the judge say? What are the broader implications?

Here in Los Angeles, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is clashing with the city's most powerful union boss this week. Mayor Garcetti and the City Attorney asked a judge to place a Department of Water and Power.

Former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon is on trial, charged with voter fraud and perjury for allegedly living outside the district he was elected to represent. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty. This week, a former aide and a former elected official — Wendy Greuel — testified in the case. What did they have to say? 
 
 In the race to replace Los Angeles county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, candidate Bobby Shriver was endorsed this week by former opponent John Duran. This prompted Shriver's opponent, Sheila Kuehl, to say Duran was being disloyal to the LGBT community. Frank, talk to us about the dynamics at play here. 

In less than two months, the Made in America Festival will take place in Grand Park just outside Los Angeles City Hall. This past week, a couple of financial details related to the concert were released but there still a lot that is unknown about a concert festival that is expected to draw 50,000 people to downtown. What's going on here?
 
There are some new developments in the race for California State Controller this week. What's the latest?

 Finally, ending on a lighter note, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill this week that will allow wine tasting at farmers markets.