Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP goes against ratepayer advocate, bridge safety questioned, Justin Bieber causes problems for Calabasas

A solar program has caused a small riff between the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and the ratepayer advocate.
A solar program has caused a small riff between the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and the ratepayer advocate. KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe.

Today is Friday, June 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Board of Water and Power Commissioners went against the advice of the ratepayer advocate when it decided to push ahead with the solar feed-in tariff program, reports the Daily News. "(Fred) Pickel said he now plans to take his concerns to the public and will work with the neighborhood councils to try to slow down the feed-in tariff program in which customers are compensated for the amount of energy generated from their solar roofs," according to the paper.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is getting a new president, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Thomas Fields will start on July 1.

Calabasas elected officials are trying to deal with Justin Bieber's antics in the quiet community, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The coverage is of young misbehaving celebrities, and it's a culture that certainly doesn't represent our city," says Councilwoman Mary Sue Maurer.

KPCC looks at the safety of California's bridges. "The terms functionally obsolete and structurally deficient do not really indicate the condition of the bridge," according to Caltrans.

According to a Tweet from Santa Monica, police have recovered 40 stolen bicycles.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti are in Las Vegas for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Upcoming Votes


  • LA City Council: Recommendation to rename intersections in CD 9; appointment of new executive director for the Convention Center (10 a.m.)

Questions or comments on Maven's Morning Coffee can be sent here.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy reading Represent!? You might like KPCC’s other blogs.

What's popular now on KPCC