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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP deal reached, FBI visits water district, Congressional race in Inland Empire

Eric Garcetti

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After dinner with the IBEW's union boss, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city had reached a deal on a new DWP contract. He and Council President Herb Wesson will discuss the details later this morning.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Late last night, the city reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents workers at the DWP. Mayor Eric Garcetti and council President Herb Wesson will discuss the contract's details later this morning at City Hall. KPCC, Los Angeles Times.

The FBI is looking into records at the Central Basin Municipal Water District that may be related to an ongoing investigation into state Sen. Ron Calderon, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper put together this graphic to show the relationships between various Calderon family members, campaign contributions, legislation and consulting contracts.

KPCC looks at the "most vulnerable Republican incumbent in Congress," Gary Miller in the Inland Empire.

Echo Park residents showed up in court yesterday to protest the city's gang injunction. "Opponents of the gang injunction say it would push out residents, especially Hispanics and Latino residents — and in large swaths, because many of the gangs have generational ties to families that have lived in the Echo Park area for decades," reports KPCC. Also, Daily News.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will hold an 11:30 a.m. availability at City Hall to discuss a contract with the DWP's union.

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