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Tomorrow's voters could change 100 years of political history in the City of Los Angeles. They could make future elections coincide with those at the state and federal levels -- increasing voter turnout with a major impact on political power and money. The City Council is in for change with familiar members being termed out while others face challenges, and LA Unified School Board elections could decide the future of charter schools and standardized testing.

Also, remember Citizens' United? Just check your mailbox to see the impact of outside money on local elections.  

Photo: Just some of the campaign mailers sent to voters over the course of five days. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

Handicapping LA's Off-Cycle Election 15 MIN, 17 SEC

Since California's progressive reform movement 100 years ago, LA City elections have been held in odd-numbered years, like this one. The idea was to separate them from the partisanship of state and federal politics. Tomorrow, LA voters have a chance to change that, not just for the City but for the LA Unified School District's governing board as well.

Term limits are ending the City Council careers of Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks, and there are lively contests to replace them. Two other sitting incumbents face challenges. Results of the two Charter Amendments could impact the terms of their replacements.

Guests:
Tom Hogen-Esch, California State University Northridge (@csunorthridge)
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)

More:
Charter Amendment 1: New City Election Dates and Schedules
Charter Amendment 2: New Election Dates for the LAUSD; One-Time Adjustment to Align Terms with New Election Dates
LA Weekly's LA City and County voter guide for March 3, 2015 election

Local Politics

Tom Hogen-Esch and Terry Christensen

When It Comes to LA Elections, Follow the (Outside) Money 12 MIN, 6 SEC

In the Citizens United ruling, the US Supreme Court eliminated restrictions on how much outside groups can spend on political campaigns. We've talked about the impact on federal and state elections, but local elections are affected too. That's brought some big money into Los Angeles, as KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports.

Saul spoke with Los Angeles political consultant John Shallman and Jessica Levinson, a professor of election law and vice president of the City of Los Angeles Ethics Commission.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

More:
LA Ethics Commission on money to influence the 2015 City and LAUSD elections

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