Friday politics notes: Times endorses Molina

gloria-molina-students.jpgAfter I posted on endorsements on Thursday, the LA Times published its editorial backing former county supervisor Gloria Molina in the 14th district City Council race. Sample:

Six months ago, it looked like Councilman Jose Huizar would be easily reelected. Even though he was mired in a sexual harassment lawsuit, he had raised a half a million dollars for his campaign — enough to discourage most established challengers — and lined up endorsements from business and labor groups. It appeared that a council member guilty of one of the worst ethical lapses in recent history would coast into his third and final term.

But then, former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina decided to run against Huizar, giving the voters of City Council District 14 a competitive election and forcing candidates to talk about issues such as managing the transformation of downtown, the preservation of affordable housing in gentrifying Highland Park and Boyle Heights, and the backlog of street and sidewalk repairs….

She is well known for her independence — a characteristic that is sorely lacking in City Hall at the moment. She has never shied away from questioning the status quo or challenging the power structure, though at times she has been more combative than productive.

  • Huizar and Molina debated downtown this week. LAT, Downtown News
  • California’s 2014 Voter Turnout Was Even Worse Than You Thought. John Myers/KQED
  • Or put another way: It was the Year of the Grandparents.

    “Not only was the average voter older than the average Californian,” says political data expert Paul Mitchell. “The average voter was older than the average Californian’s parents.”

  • California Muslim leaders are calling on Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez to apologize and retract an online comment she made about Islam. LAT, Bee

  • On March 3, Los Angeles voters will be asked to back Charter Amendments 1 and 2, which would move elections to June and November of even-numbered years. The Yes campaign presents the matter as a common-sense question of civic health...But the issue is not quite so straightforward. Any change in election practices is likely to advantage some players in the political process at the expense of others. Those effects have largely gone unexamined. Gene Maddaus/LA Weekly
  • Antonio, Antonio, What Art Thou Thinking, Antonio? Jon Regardie/Downtown News
  • A poll commissioned by California Majority Report – the partisan web site run by Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio – has found that among Latino likely voters, Villaraigosa leads Harris 23-15%, with a whopping 35% undecided. Calbuzz
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at 4 p.m. at the grand re-opening of Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park.
  • Plans to build an NFL-caliber stadium in Inglewood are moving at lightning speed and could get approval from city leaders as soon as a Feb. 24 council meeting. LAT

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