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Let the scramble begin for Waxman's seat in Congress *

33rd-distrisct-map.jpgCalifornia's 33rd congressional district is a beauty of political line drawing. It runs from wealthy Calabasas through Topanga Canyon and Malibu, from Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades across Bel Air and Beverly Hills, and down the coast to take in Venice and the South Bay cities and Palos Verdes — but not Rep. Janice Hahn's home base in San Pedro. Rep. Henry Waxman's decision to retire rather than run for another term could set off the mother of all dominoes games.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said on KCRW's "Press Play" at noon that he is not looking to do anything at age 65 but retire from the Board of Supervisors. But his longtime campaign consultant, Rick Taylor, seemed to leave open the possibility in comments to the Sacramento Bee. Either of the main candidates for Yaroslavsky's board seat, Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, might have to consider shifting races (though both say they won't.) Wendy Greuel, the former city controller who ran for mayor, opted out of the Yaroslavsky race to ponder other options — and now there is one. State Sen. Ted Lieu has scheduled an announcement for tomorrow, so I guess he wants to run. That's the potential for a very crowded field on the Democrat side — and doesn't even count electeds within the district such as Sen. Fran Pavley and Assemblyman Richard Bloom. Secretary of State Debra Bowen also ran for Congress in the South Bay area before.

The LA Times story also throws in the name of Matt Miller, the centrist host of "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW. Warren Olney will focus on the race and interview Waxman at 7 p.m. on "Which Way, LA."

* 3 p.m. update: A source close to Greuel says she is likely to run, per the LA Times' Seema Mehta on Twitter.


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