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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP spending, state lawmakers at City Hall, harassment inquiry at LAUSD

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


L.A. City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Mitch O'Farrell and Controller Ron Galperin are all asking what two nonprofit entities funded by the Department of Water and Power actually do, reports the Los Angeles Times. The groups' mission statements are "really vague," according to Galperin. Mayor Eric Garcetti met with DWP brass yesterday.

KPCC looks at whether the influx of Sacramento lawmakers to the Los Angeles City Council will make the panel overly political or more disciplined. "Some of them will do well and some will do poorly, but that’s not going to happen simply because they came from Sacramento. It’s because they’re either smart people willing to adapt – or because they’re not," said Dan Schnur with the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

A panel of judges gave Gov. Jerry Brown an additional month to reduce the state's prison population, according to the Sacramento Bee. "It may signal a willingness by the panel to consider the possibility of a compromise," according to the newspaper.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has wrapped up an investigation into whether board member Richard Vladovic harassed district employees, reports the Daily News. The results of that inquiry will not be released.

Los Angeles Times writer and KPCCer Patt Morrison talks with Police Commission President Steve Soboroff. "My deal is leave the extremists on both sides out of the picture and work in the middle," he says.

Results from the Secretary of State's Office have Democrat Freddie Rodriguez winning the Inland Empire's 52nd Assembly seat over Paul Leon.

Tweet of the Day calls for renaming Sacramento.



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