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Maven's Morning Coffee: tension in LAUSD, FPPC gets new executive director, an endorsement for the LA City Council

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Today is Monday, July 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times looks at Superintendent John Deasy's difficult relationship with the new school board president, Richard Vladovic. Prior to the recent board election, Deasy had threatened to leave LAUSD if Vladovic were elected to lead the board.

Meanwhile the Los Angeles Times looks at the man leading the Inglewood Unified School District. "The district has depleted its reserves, burned through nearly half of the emergency funds and is operating at a $17.7-million deficit. Budget woes are worsened by the loss of funding for students who have been fleeing the district for nearby independently run charter schools," according to The Times.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar is pushing a policy that would give neighborhood councils greater say in who participates in their elections, according to the Daily News. "What we've done is give councils the ability to create more robust participation through community-interest voters and those with a substantial and ongoing relationship to each specific community," Huizar says.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Cindy Montañez for the Los Angeles City Council's Sixth District.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has opened a new campaign account, but it's not a sign that he'll be running for office, reports Capitol Alert. "He wants to make sure he has the ability to support select candidates and causes, or as we like to say, mete out justice," a spokesman says.

Erin V. Peth has been named executive director of the California Fair Political Practice Commission, reports the Sacramento Bee.

According to KPCC, the Department of Water and Power is making it more attractive for Angelenos to rip out their lawns and replace the grass with drought-resistant plants.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti builds a coalition, Alex Padilla's campaign pick ups support, Gov. Jerry Brown schedules special elections.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss his decision to make the city's general managers reapply for their jobs. City Hall, 10:30 a.m.

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