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Maven's Morning Coffee: transparency at City Hall, storm-water pollution liabilities, LAUSD superintendent's annual address

Garcetti Inauguration

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson wants to bring private labor talks into the open with public hearings. Separately, the LA Weekly reports its request for general managers' memos was denied.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to make the city's general managers reapply for their jobs and submit detailed memos on the state of their departments -- and the whole process was suppose to be open to the public. But when the LA Weekly tried to get copies of those memos, the paper was denied. "We are conducting a real process. This process isn't about putting on a show... This is a real, sober and serious analysis," the mayor's spokesman said.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson has called for public hearings on a labor agreement with Department of Water and Power employees. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

A federal court has ruled that Los Angeles County is responsible for excessive storm-water pollution, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Environmental groups sued the county and its flood-control district in 2008 over pollution in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, saying the entities had violated storm-water permits based on high pollution readings at monitoring stations in the rivers," according to The Times.

During his annual address, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy denied having any problems with the Board of Education, reports KPCC. At the same time, "he was short on details on how he intended to accomplish his long list of goals, which include 100 percent graduation and attendance rates," per the station.

Hawthorne Mayor Daniel Juarez was charged with four more counts of perjury for allegedly accepting campaign funds for personal use, according to the Daily Breeze. Juarez pleaded not guilty in a Thursday court hearing.

Pressers

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Upcoming Votes

Friday

  • LA City Council: Recommendation to move around money for the Controller's Office (10 a.m.)

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