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Maven's Morning Coffee: IBEW considers DWP contract, Obama cancels California trip, will Santa Monica Airport become a park?

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The union representing Department of Water and Power employees is considering its new contract with the city. LADWP general manager Ron Nichols is seen here.

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Today is Friday, Sept. 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Daily News looks at whether members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will reject a proposed contract with the Department of Water and Power. "We’re risking our lives. Everyone else is sitting in an office," one DWP lineman told the newspaper.

President Obama's trip to California was canceled so he can remain focused on the conflict in Syria, reports KPCC.

Rep. Janice Hahn's opposition to a military strike against Syria is getting her a lot of media attention, according to the LA Weekly. "Among local members of Congress, Hahn has easily been the most visible on this issue ... Alan Lowenthal has agonized publicly about his position. Others, like Adam Schiff, Xavier Becerra and Brad Sherman, have said they would support a strike under certain conditions," per the Weekly.

State lawmakers are pursuing a bill that would prevent former Vernon administrator Bruce Malkenhorst from forcing the city to restore his pension, according to the Los Angeles Times. After leaving Vernon, Malkenhorst was charged with misappropriating funds. "We're going to make certain corrupt felons such as Mr. Malkenhorst don't get a chance to rip off taxpayers a second time," said state Sen. Kevin de Leon.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Herbalife as an advisor, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Curbed LA reports on a group that wants to turn Santa Monica Airport into a park.

Pressers

Mayor Eric Garcetti will attend Student Recovery Day at Fremont High School at 8:45 a.m.

Upcoming Votes

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