September 10, 2012 archive

Sep 10 2012

PPIC: “Just the Facts” – Rise of the California Independents

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The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is out with its “Just the Facts” report on the California electorate.

There are some interesting facts about the California voting electorate and political parties.

Some are:

The share of independent voters continues to increase

  • In Total there are 17.2 million California voters—72.3% of eligible adults
  • Democrats numbered 7.4 million (43.4%)
  • Republicans numbered 5.2 million (30.2%)
  • Independent (also known as “decline to state” or “no party preference”) continues to rise: it is now at 21.3% (3.7 million voters), up from 19.4% (3.1 million) in 2008
  • Most likely to vote, 44% are Democrats, 35% are Republicans, and 18% are independents.

California’s top two voting system should support more “independent’ voters since there is really no reason to register one way or another, unless you want to run for partisan office.

Gone are the day of the partisan California June primary elections in “safe” gerrymandered by party legislative and congressional districts.

There are more interesting facts in the report and will revisit them on another post.

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Sep 10 2012

2012 Carmageddon Coming to I-405 and the Sepulveda Pass

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Carmageddon II - I-405 closure

The two day closure of I-405 through the Sepulveda Pass between the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles commonley referred to as Carmageddon makes a repeat appearance.

Metro explains what will happen to the 405 freeway over the weekend of Sept. 29-30, and how it’s basically the same exercise as in July a year ago. The freeway will close completely in both directions for the entire weekend. If Metro has planned it right, the Sepulveda Pass will be open to Monday morning commuters.

Here is the video:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/NZbDwnvMB_o[/youtube]

The 2011 closure ended earlier than scheduled and went pretty well.

But, I will have to use Las Virgenes Road through Malibu to travel to Venice Beach on Saturday for Los Angeles Marathon Roadrunner training!

My advice: It is probably best to use I-5 through downtown Los Angeles and avoid the I-405 entirely.

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Sep 10 2012

Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-09-10

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