Will whoever's elected Mayor of LA have a city left to govern? There's a big issue that's seldom been mentioned in this year's campaign: the impetus for secession. Significant numbers of people in the San Fernando Valley, the Harbor and other neighborhoods, want to detach themselves from Los Angeles and go it alone. But the new City Charter will give the new Mayor new powers that his predecessors never had.
- Newsmaker: City Taxation Without Popular Vote Challenged - The decision won't effect Los Angeles, but the State Supreme Court has opened the door to lawsuits against the revenues 100 other cities are using to pay for police, fire protection, roads and libraries.