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Maven's Morning Coffee: Republicans win at local level, LAUSD funding questions, Mayor Garcetti takes a trip on LA River

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times looks at why Republicans are succeeding at the local level in California -- at a time when they've disappeared at the state level. "More than 75 cities in California have a majority of Democratic voters but Republican-run city councils; the GOP has toeholds in such otherwise blue bastions as Alameda, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties," per The Times.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles and seven other groups want a say in how the L.A. Unified School District spends an extra $188 million meant to educate disadvantaged students, reports KPCC. The coalition will hold a public forum on Thursday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti held office hours in Van Nuys to hear Angelenos' comments on everything from senior musical programs to horse trails, reports the Daily News. "What has struck me is how much people are concerned with the same issues," the mayor said.

Also, Mayor Eric Garcetti is in a kayak to congratulate Diana Nyad on her historic swim. YouTube.

L.A. City Councilman Curren Price will speak to the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects on Thursday. Details here.



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