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Maven's Morning Coffee: President Obama heads back to LA, Mayor Garcetti declares state of emergency, DWP considers settlement

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


President Obama will be back in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The president will hold an "'off the cuff' roundtable discussion with a small group of deep-pocketed Democratic donors," per the magazine.

According to Variety, Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a state of emergency as television and film production leaves Los Angeles. "Garcetti has pledged to leverage his new position to be an ardent lobbyist for rescuing Hollywood production despite all the hurdles. He and his constituents must now convince Sacramento that the threat is real," per the piece.

The Whittier City Council will consider two plans this evening that could change the city's at-large voting system, reports KPCC. "Either plan would shift city elections away from its at-large system, in which all voters cast ballots in all council races, to a system in which candidates who reside in a council district are elected by district residents," per the station.

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners is expected to vote on a settlement regarding ecological damage at Mono Lake, according to KPCC.



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