Political Landscape: New chair for entertainment industry caucus

December 23, 2010

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) will succeed Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) as the chair of the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus in the 112th Congress, which convenes in January.

The Entertainment Industries Caucus was established in 2003 and seeks to address issues such copyright protection and so-called runaway production, or filming of television shows and movies at locations outside of California.

In recent years the caucus drafted legislation to extend film industry tax credits and facilitate industry members' charitable contributions abroad.

"I am honored to follow Congresswoman Watson as the next chair of the Entertainment Industries Caucus," Sherman said in a statement. "The entertainment industry generates billions of dollars and millions of jobs, and the caucus will remain dedicated to ensuring that continues to happen."


Questionable voter registration report finished

Officials with the Los Angeles County registrar's office have completed their review of alleged voting irregularities in the 43rd Assembly District, which includes Glendale and Burbank, as well as Silver Lake.

Jane Barnett, chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, filed a complaint in October saying she uncovered "a possibly significant and disturbing trend of potentially ineligible voters" around Silver Lake.

In a letter to county Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan, Barnett said she had identified a person who she said was deceased, but remained on the voter rolls. The man, who is registered on Kenilworth Avenue near the Silver Lake reservoir, was listed as being 117 years old.

Barnett also alleged that several voters were registered at an apparently vacant home, others are improperly registered at a post office box location and still others who were registered in apartment buildings failed to provide their apartment numbers.

In this last instance, she wrote, "Ballots may be being mailed to voters who are deceased or who no longer reside in those apartments (or) may be being collected and utilized by persons other than the registrant."

Barnett identified 149 questionable registrations, all in Los Angeles. Forty-seven were on Los Feliz Boulevard, 28 others on Griffith Park Boulevard.

On Wednesday, the registrar's office completed its review and found no significant problems, according to Efrain Escobedo, executive liaison officer for the office.

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