Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's year in review, the Anaheim streetcar, no elections in Lakewood or Norwalk

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Maya Sugarman/KPCC

The cities of Lakewood and Norwalk canceled their elections because no one filed papers to run against the incumbents.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 19 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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What kind of a year did Los Angeles have in 2014? Vice considers the highs and lows -- from Donald Sterling to the LAPD to Mayor Eric Garcetti's F-bomb. "We've been here, watching the place closely, keeping an eye on the environmental problems, the local politics, the culture, and just the vibe on the streets," per the piece.

An environmental report on Anaheim's $320 million streetcar won't be released until next year, according to the Orange County Register. That's because the city council wants Public Works to evaluate alternative routes. The streetcar is expected to open in 2018.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Legalizing street vending in L.A., UTLA's negotiations with LAUSD, a special election in Long Beach

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Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Street vending is illegal in LA. Vendors can get county health permits, but they’re not allowed to sell on the street.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 18 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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KPCC looks at Los Angeles' plans to legalize street vending. "The economy, and how people are buying their products and getting their services, is changing a bit. And so street food vending fits into the new shared economy," said Councilman Jose Huizar.

United Teachers Los Angeles is backing away from its demand that LAUSD teachers receive a 10 percent pay increase, reports the Daily News. Union president Alex Caputo-Pearl said the pay proposal was reduced in the hopes that a deal could be reached in the next few months.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's hotel wage law, Inland Empire nurses protest, body cameras for cops

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Photo by Kevin Dooley via Flickr Creative Commons

Internal emails show the City Attorney's Office consulted with advocates for hotel employees when it drafted a law on wages. The office did not share similar information with industry groups representing hotels.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Internal emails show City Attorney Mike Feuer's office shared early versions of a city ordinance on hotel wages with advocates for hotel workers but not with pro-business groups representing the industry, according to the Daily News. "The emails seemed certain to ratchet up tensions between business and labor groups at City Hall. The City Council has repeatedly passed laws in recent years that benefit labor, angering business groups and weakening their perceived power at City Hall," per the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Audit in Riverside, LA's regulation of taxi cabs, LAFD needs witnesses

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Photo by Daniel Horacio Agostini via Flickr Creative Commons

A plan to make L.A.'s cabs more like Uber or Lyft will be considered by the Taxi Commission on Thursday.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Riverside, an audit found officials prematurely withdrew $1.2 million in sewer bond money, improperly spent $25,000, and failed to pay back 10 loans by their due date, according to the Press-Enterprise. The city's finance director called the problems "minor."

The New Yorker looks at Los Angeles' plans to make taxi cabs more like Uber. "Uber’s value to Los Angeles is different from Uber’s value to any other city in the country. This is the one city where you have the goals of the civic body running in lockstep with the goals of private entities," said Eric Spiegelman, president of the Board of Taxi Commissioners. The proposal will be presented to the Taxi Commission on Thursday.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Earthquake warning system, end of government oversight office, negotiations between L.A. and Ontario Airport

Quake Warning System

Reed Saxon/AP

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo, Anthony Guarino Jr., a seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology, demonstrates an early earthquake warning system in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

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Today is Monday, Dec. 15 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Assemblyman Mike Gatto has perfect attendance and the L.A. Police Protective League cancels its Christmas party.

Congress approved $5 million for California to start up an earthquake warning system, something that could stop trains and shut down utilities lines seconds ahead of a major quake, according to KPCC. "California trails Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone areas in developing a public alert system, which provides several seconds of warning after a fault ruptures," according to the station.

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