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Maven's Morning Coffee: profile of a labor leader, corruption in LA County, battle in Costa Mesa

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Today is Monday, June 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times does a deep dive on Maria Elena Durazo, who is described as "probably the single most influential individual in Los Angeles politics."

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters editorializes on corruption in Los Angeles County. "We should not be depending on the FBI to root out corruption. If it's endemic – in L.A. or elsewhere – state and local authorities should be attacking it vigorously," he writes.

A Daily News editorial knocks pay raises for state leaders. "It's all the more galling that the raises are handed out just as the same lawmakers were trying to curtail the public's access to government records on the premise that the state can't afford the cost of the process," according to the newspaper.

PBS SoCal looks at the relationship between the Costa Mesa City Council and labor. "After voters rejected a charter proposal that would have enabled privatization of city services, the conservative council majority and labor unions are at it again," according to the piece.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayor-elect's inauguration goes low-key, the ratepayer advocate gets a deputy, and Council President Herb Wesson gives his departing colleagues goodbye gifts. (PS. Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is on vacation in Belize this week.)

The Downtown News looks at the end of Councilwoman Jan Perry's time in office.

KPCC photographs Ciclavia.



Upcoming Votes



  • LA County Board of Supervisors: Report on DCFS commission; update on exposure to toxic emissions; requested investigation into Congestion Management Program (9:30 a.m.)
  • Orange County Board of Supervisors: Recommendation to increase number of inmate beds at Theo Lacy Branch Jail (9:30 a.m.)
  • LA City CouncilFinal approval of plastic bag ban; recommendation to name "Ed P. Reyes River Greenway" (10 a.m.)


  • LA City Council: Appointment to the Board of L.A. Convention Center; update on privatization of Convention Center (10 a.m.)

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