Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD releases names in shooting, Mayor defends wage proposal, indicted senators use campaign funds for defense

Erika Aguilar/KPCC

The Los Angeles Police Department named the two officers involved in the shooting of Ezell Ford.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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LAPD released the names of two officers who shot Ezell Ford, a mentally ill African-American man who was unarmed at the time of the shooting, reports KPCC. One of the officers was named in a 2011 civil lawsuit for allegedly beating a man and using pepper spray on him. That case was eventually dismissed.

During his appearance on KNX 1070, Mayor Eric Garcetti defended a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage. "We see Democrats and Republicans alike say the minimum wage is too low. There are lots of people who work full time that are below the poverty level, and when they need services, it’s the rest of us who pay for it," he said, per a write-up in the Daily News.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP billing problems, Hilda Solis asked to testify, will state of Jefferson become a reality?

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Alice Walton/KPCC

Customers with the Department of Water and Power continue to have billing problems and long wait times when they call to complain.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Hollywood Reporter looks at why Mayor Eric Garcetti's office allowed Live Nation's Made in America festival to come together without going through "the usual bureaucratic red tape." "Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino is a highly connected donor to national-level Democratic candidates ... And the skeptics point out that Live Nation's registered city lobbyist, Joshua Perttula, served as an adviser on Garcetti's transition team and remains close to the administration," per the Reporter.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti pushes new minimum wage, City Hall settles sexual harassment lawsuit, what's the future for ride-sharing companies?

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Alice Walton/KPCC

Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a new minimum wage proposal next week.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a proposal next week that would increase the city's minimum wage to more than $13/hour, according to the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and LA Weekly. "Businesses will have to address the increased costs. They will either increase their price or lay people off or move their business," said Stuart Waldman with the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

The city of Los Angeles will pay $75,000 to a former aide to Councilman Mitch Englander who sued the city and alleged she had been sexually harassed in the office, reports the Los Angeles Times. In her lawsuit, the former aide alleged the councilman suggested she was interested in public safety so "she could walk into the fire stations and be naked in front of the male firefighters." Englander has maintained that the allegations were false.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mexican president visits LA, LAUSD cancels iPad contracts, Mayor Garcetti voices concerns about cable merger

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Damian Dovarganes/AP

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to California with a reception in downtown Los Angeles. "His visit follows a recent trade mission to Mexico by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has promised to have the two governments work more closely on immigration, climate change, energy and trade issues. Mexico, which last year was the recipient of $23.9 billion of California's exports, is the state's largest trade partner," per the Los Angeles Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti goes own way on immigration, DWP customers still have billing problems, differing views on Skid Row mural

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Politico says Mayor Eric Garcetti is part of a growing group of local and state Democrats who are breaking with the Obama Administration on federal policy.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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KPCC looks at how LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy started working with companies on the district's iPad project a year before a contract was put out to bid. "We have to make sure this is completely ethical and above board," said school board member Steve Zimmer.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is part of a growing group of local and state Democrats who are defying the Obama Administration on policy, reports Politico. For Garcetti, according to the piece, the issue is immigration. "We hope to inspire immigration reform in Washington," Garcetti said.

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