Today’s News: Gunfire at USC, 1.4 million new voters, Prop. 30 on the edge

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Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:

Halloween mayhem. Two people are in custody following a shooting that injured four people on the USC campus. Police say neither the suspected gunman nor the man who was targeted is affiliated with the school. It happened just before midnight outside a party being sponsored by a campus group. Another shooting last night injured three people in Hollywood, including a 17-year-boy who is in critical condition. L.A. Times

New voters. Democrats like what they see from the state’s new voter rolls. The L.A. Times reports that more than 1.4 million new voters have signed up – pushing the state’s total past 18 million for the first time. Almost half of them used the state’s new online registration system. A bipartisan firm that analyzed the registrations says Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2-to-1. L.A. Times

Props poll. Undecided voters may determine the fate of Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. The latest Field Poll finds 48 percent of voters support Prop. 30 – two points shy of what’s needed for passage. Thirty-eight percent oppose it. A competing tax measure, Prop. 38, trails 34 to 49 percent. Sacramento Bee

‘Fess up. A state judge says an Arizona group that donated $11 million to influence two California proposition races will have to turn over financial records to a political watchdog agency. The California Fair Political Practices Commission has been trying to find out who put up the money. Phoenix-based Americans for Responsible Leadership gave the cash to a California group fighting Proposition 30 and in support of Proposition 32, an initiative that aims to curb unions’ political influence. San Francisco Chronicle

Taxing decision. L.A. voters will almost certainly be asked to vote on a tax increase next March – the question now is which one. The council has agreed to move ahead with four separate proposals that would boost city revenues, but some council members say they want just one of those to go before voters. The plan that would raise the most money was introduced this week by Council President Herb Wesson. It would bump the sales tax in the city by half a cent. L.A. Daily News