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Maven's Morning Coffee: new estimate on streetcar, officials try to shut down Vernon plant, Compton mayor talks ambition

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An estimate for the downtown streetcar did not include the cost of utility work. That could double the tab, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Building a downtown streetcar could cost twice its original estimate, reports the Los Angeles Times. An original estimate failed to include the cost of utility work, which will add another $166 million to the tab. "I don't want to go down the trail where we have to keep hitting a moving target," Councilman Paul Krekorian told a budget committee on the subject.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown makes an appearance in Vogue. "She intends to rebrand Compton," according to the magazine.

Officials in southeast L.A. County are trying to shut down a battery recycler in Vernon, which residents say is harmful to their health, according to the Los Angeles Times. A study from the South Coast Air Quality Management District last spring showed Exide Technologies led to elevated arsenic emissions for 110,000 nearby residents. "Officials from Huntington Park, Maywood, Compton and Bell said they intend to fight the plant, including holding public protests, lobbying Congress to put pressure on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step in and even trying to unseat a judge who ruled the plant could stay open," per The Times.

A Daily News editorial urges state lawmakers to approve bills on driver's licenses for undocumented Californians and fracking. The paper also asks Sacramento to kill a bill that would take away tax-exempt status from the Boy Scouts.

Mayor Eric Garcetti reported for jury duty Monday, reports KPCC. By the end of the day, the mayor had been excused from the process.



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