New Beginnings for Same-Sex Marriage and LA City Hall
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It's the first day of a new era at Los Angeles City Hall as Eric Garcetti brings the Mayor's office down to size, replacing larger-than-life Antonio Villaraigosa. How will the new Mayor cope with a new, Sacramento-ized City Council, not to mention traffic jams, problem-schools, a lack of affordable housing and the restless leadership of organized labor? Also, Proposition 8 is a thing of the past, and same-sex weddings are under way all over California. We hear from gay and lesbian couples tying the knot from Norwalk, to Beverly Hills to West Hollywood.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, two years ago, millions of street protesters forced Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to step down, and the Army seized governmental control. A year later, Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first elected president — but now millions are back in the streets demanding that he step down.
Banner image: (L) Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland; (R) West Hollywood newlyweds
Gay Marriages Underway Across California ()
Yesterday, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied an appeal from supporters of Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, making it the law of the land in California. (It’s worth remembering that all this is taking place because California officials have refused to defend Prop 8 in state or federal courts.) KCRW's Saul Gonzalez found that gay and lesbian couples aren’t losing time.
Photos of West Hollywood nuptials by Saul Gonzalez
A New City Hall ()
Eric Garcetti, who was president of the LA City Council until he decided to run for Mayor, was elected to lead America’s second largest city in a very low-turnout election. He'll have to deal with a very different body than the one he used to run. Garcetti spent his first morning as mayor talking to business groups — with some conspicuous exceptions. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association were not at the table. Can he expect widespread support as his term gets under way?
Incoming Mayor Eric Garcetti shares a moment with outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Eric Garcetti takes the oath of office from eighth-grader Kenia Castillo
Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses the crowd
Photos of inaugural: Eric Garcetti
- David Zahniser: Los Angeles Times, @DavidZahniser
- Dan Schnur: USC Unruh Institute of Politics, @danschnur
- Raphael Sonenshein: California State University, Los Angeles, @SonensheinPBI
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