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Maven's Morning Coffee: details of DWP contract, Probation beefs up staffing, a push to end fundraising during legislative session

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A confidential document from the city administrative officer revealed the latest terms of a proposed contract with the union that represents Department of Water and Power employees. City officials would have the option to renegotiate work rules throughout the four-year contract, while the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will continue to receive free health benefits through 2016. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Probation Department is beefing up staffing to handle low-level offenders released from state custody, according to the Daily News. "We can’t engage from behind our desks," said Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers.

The director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, Dan Schnur, is pushing a proposal that would ban fundraising during the state's legislative session, according to The Sacramento Bee. "The quid pro quo at a legislative fundraiser is not explicit, but it's implied in exactly the same way as when one of the Sopranos shows up at your grocery store and tells you what a shame it would be if something happened to your business or your family," Schnur said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge wants the city to inventory soft-story buildings that could be particularly vulnerable during an earthquake, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The truth of the matter is, we should be very cognizant that there will be another earthquake. Because this is earthquake country," LaBonge said.

Marshall Tuck, who previously ran the Partnership for L.A. Schools, is running for state superintendent of public instruction. Here's the campaign website.

L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino makes pasta sauce. YouTube.



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