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Maven's Morning Coffee: the independence of city commissions, special election in Inland Empire, public hearing at LAX

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A Los Angeles Times editorial questions the independence of city commissions. It also suggests Mayor Eric Garcetti is collecting undated, unsigned resignation letters that can be pulled at any time.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A Los Angeles Times editorial complains that city commissions are no longer independent and are often little more than a shield for the mayor. The piece also suggests Mayor Eric Garcetti is collecting undated, signed resignation letters from his commissioners so they can be terminated at any time.

There's a special election today in the Inland Empire to fill the Assembly seat previously held by Norma Torres, reports Capitol Alert.  Democrat Freddie Rodriguez will face Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, who used to be a Republican but has since dropped his party affiliation.

There's one thing Southern California's Congressional delegation seems to agree on and it's that Congress is broken, reports KPCC. "Even in a town known for gridlock, the bottlenecks in Washington these days have gotten pretty ugly," per the station.

There will be a public hearing on Saturday at LAX where residents can question what officials call the "most expansive air quality study ever done" at the airport, according to the Daily Breeze.



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