Especially in California, the party is deeply divided on the question of how best to improve schools.
An Antelope Valley judge has the chance to stand up for better schools.
A proposed NFL stadium has sailed through government approvals, but a rail project for the Port of Los Angeles has dragged along for seven years.
Paul Krekorian, the new chairman of the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, must chart a sane fiscal course for L.A.
Villaraigosa's ability to bring the city's budget under control is constrained by two key decisions made earlier in his tenure.
Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and Zev Yaroslavsky are essentially in a dead heat, according to a survey. But it's early, and many voters questioned didn't yet have a favorite.