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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP changes up sick policy, San Bernardino after bankruptcy, offensive comments in Lancaster

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


President Obama will be in Los Angeles next week for an appearance on "The Tonight Show," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Department of Water and Power is changing its sick policy and requiring employees to give a doctor's note if they are out sick two days in a row, reports KPCC. The new requirement is intended to reduce the number of employees who abuse the utility's sick leave.

KPCC looks at San Bernardino one year after it filed bankruptcy.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is calling for sensitivity training after one of the town's commissioners went on an anti-gay and anti-Semitic rant, reports the Daily News. "We could handle this in an 'off with his head' way that other cities do but there's no benefit to dealing with things like that," Parris said. The Daily News has video of the Stan Muhammad's offensive speech.

The Whittier City Council is making it illegal to stand on benches and walk on grass in posted areas, reports the Whittier Daily News. The ordinance is expected to get a second reading on Aug. 13. "Officials hope the law will reduce calls to police, limit damage and preserve the appeal and enjoyment of the structures," according to the newspaper.



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