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State of Affairs: Paid sick leave becomes law, races for LA city council and sheriff

Supervisor Gloria Molina looks onto the crowd during a board meeting at the Hall of Administration on June 6, 2012.
Supervisor Gloria Molina looks onto the crowd during a board meeting at the Hall of Administration on June 6, 2012.
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In this week's State of Affairs: a stunning admission, some key endorsements, and why a gubernatorial candidate hasn't been invited to his own party's party.
Southern California Public Radio political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze join Take Two to discuss the latest news coming out of Los Angeles and California:

Eight weeks away from the election, let's talk about the woman who will be running the show: Secretary of State Debra Bowen. She recently revealed to the Los Angeles Times that she has been battling what she called a "debilitating" depression which has kept her away from the office. What's been the reaction to this?

A report that came out earlier this year from The Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California 49th in election administration, citing its high rate of unreturned mail ballots and other factors. How much can Bowen be held responsible for this?

The big news in the city of Los Angeles this week is Gloria Molina will run for the L.A. City Council, almost 25 years after she left City Hall to join the county Board of Supervisors. What's behind this move? And what does this mean for incumbent Councilman Jose Huizar?

Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed Jim McDonnell this week for sheriff. The endorsement was not much of a surprise, in part because McDonnell's opponent Paul Tanaka has all but disappeared from the race. What's the latest on the race?

This week, California became the second state in the nation to require paid sick leave for employees. Workers in California will receive three paid sick days under the bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This seems like a win for Democrats and labor, no?

And now to the man looking to replace Jerry Brown, Republican Neel Kashkari. Turns out he is not invited to his party's own party! Kashkari is not listed as a speaker on the GOP's state party convention agenda. Why?

This week Alice reported on the Department of Water and Power and how much it pays out in claims related to water main breaks. Turns out it's actually cheaper to clean up floods than to prevent them in the first place. Alice explains the numbers here.

This week, Sheila Kuehl, who is a candidate for the Board of Supervisors, received a major endorsement from SEIU Local 721. That union represents 90,000 public employees in Southern California, which could translate into a lot of campaign volunteers and voters. But what about money? How is she faring there?