Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD officers protest, DWP seeks a new lobbyist, UCLA cleans up from water main break

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LAPD officers took to City Hall Tuesday to call for raises. The unionized officers rejected a deal earlier this month that would have provided money for overtime but which did not include any funds for raises.

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Today is Wednesday, July 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Los Angeles police officers took to City Hall Tuesday to protest for raises and an improved disciplinary system. The off-duty LAPD officers warned the city is losing officers to neighboring jurisdictions that have better pay. LAPD officers and City Hall are attempting to renegotiate a one-year agreement after the first proposal was voted down. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC, LA Register

The Department of Water and Power is looking for a new lobbyist in Washington, D.C., according to KPCC. "The DWP calls the ad a routine solicitation, part of the normal routine when the current contracts expire in November. Neither the agency nor the trio of current lobbying firms would say whether they were re-applying for the job," per the station.

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Help wanted: DC lobbyist for LA's 112 year old water agency

Help wanted: DC lobbyist

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The Department of Water and Power is looking for a new lobbyist on Capitol Hill.

An advertisement recently appeared in The Hill newspaper, a Washington political daily, next to a blurb for a kitchen design company and a resume writing service:

REQUEST FOR A PROPOSAL

Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles invites proposals from experienced and qualified firms interested in providing Federal Legislative Consulting Services.

In other words, the DWP is shopping for a lobbyist.

The ad doesn't specify how much the job pays, but looking at federal filings from this year and last, individual lobbying agencies can expect to make about $10,000 a month. Last year, the DWP spent more than half a million dollars on DC lobbying with three agencies:

  • Dentons specializes in energy issues. It's the largest recipient of lobbying dollars from the DWP: $330,000 so far over the past 18 months. 
  • The Furman Group represents the DWP on water policy: They got $290,000.
  • Van Ness Feldman, the third lobbying group, says it represents clients in energy, environment, land use, and real estate: The DWP paid it $150,000.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Helping mentally ill inmates, a ruling on LA's pension system, thousands apply to LAFD

The Men's Central Jail in downtown Los A

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The Board of Supervisors will consider a $20 million plan to help the mentally ill avoid jail and move into other treatments.

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Today is Tuesday, July 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider a plan to spend $20 million on diverting mentally ill offenders from jail, reports KPCC. "Inmates with mental illness will not get better in this environment. The question is what are we prepared to commit to changing this," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

LA Weekly looks at the thousands of L.A. County residents who live in cars. "In neighborhoods such as Venice, residents fault car dwellers for discarding waste on the streets (human and otherwise), drug dealing, crime and, perhaps worst of all: hoarding the city's precious few street parking spots," according to the piece.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown visits Mexico, Congress wants the Dodgers back on TV, Paul Tanaka gets a hefty paycheck

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

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Gov. Jerry Brown is in Mexico to meet with officials about economic and environmental cooperation with California.

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Today is Monday, July 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the L.A. City Council returns from summer vacation and politicians look ahead to the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Gov. Jerry Brown is on his way to Mexico to meet with lawmakers about economic and environmental cooperation with California, according to the Sacramento Bee. Brown's delegation includes 100 lawmakers, business leaders and administration officials.

In 2013, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was the second highest-paid employee in Los Angeles County at $591,000, reports the Daily News. That figure includes unused sick leave and vacation days that were paid out when Tanaka retired. He is now running for sheriff.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti chairs Metro, Purple Line gets a contractor, LAPD officers consider new contract

Purple line to reach La Cienega

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Metro selected a contractor for the Metro Purple Line Thursday.

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Today is Friday, July 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti says his top priority as chair of Metro is reducing traffic congestion, according to the Daily News. "All our priorities have to be in reducing traffic. Traffic keeps us from our loved ones and costs us billions of dollars in productivity. Traffic doesn’t care about borders," the mayor said.

Metro board members selected Skanska USA to build the Metro Purple Line extension, even though another construction firm said it could do the project for less money, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I'm having a hard time leaving $192 million on the table. This process is extremely flawed," said Supervisor Don Knabe, who sits on the board.

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