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For three decades, California cities and counties have enacted their own limits on political campaign contributions. Now, Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento have joined together to stop that practice. Also today, William Bratton gets a second term as Chief of the LAPD. On Reporter’s Notebook, damage control at the Smithsonian Institution. 


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Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton
Dan Konecky

Reporter's Notebook Scandal and Resignations at the Smithsonian 7 MIN, 49 SEC

The Smithsonian Institutions run nineteen museums along with the Washington Zoo, but behind the scenes all has not been well. In March, Lawrence Small resigned as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years. Yesterday his deputy Sheila Burke also stepped down, saying she took note of criticism but more importantly, that she wanted the organization to “move on.” Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices.

Guests:
James Grimaldi, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post

Making News Chief Bratton To Serve Second Term 8 MIN, 6 SEC

William Bratton will have five more years as Chief of the LAPD. His reappointment to a second term came on a unanimous vote today from Mayor Villaraigosa’s Police Commission. Bratton was first appointed by former Mayor Jim Hahn.

Guests:
Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times (@‏anblanx)

Main Topic Is the L.A. Ethics Commission on the Skids? 8 MIN, 42 SEC

Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento are moving a bill that would gut the laws that limit campaign contributions in Los Angeles and other cities. The bill passed by a vote of 77 to nothing in the State Assembly, and it’s now being heard in the Senate.  The bill's author is Republican Martin Garrick of San Diego who says the bill is just a clarification of existing regulations. Others say it means that anything goes. 

Guests:
Bob Stern, Center for Governmental Studies (formerly)

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