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Maven's Morning Coffee: Data tracking at City Hall, DWP dollars to nonprofits, new poll on legalization of marijuana

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Tax returns show two nonprofits operated by the Department of Water and Power and its union spent millions every year on salaries, travel and office expenses, according to KPCC. Mayor Eric Garcetti has called for a full accounting of the similarly named Joint Safety Institute and Joint Training Institute, which share space on the same property as a DWP generating station. Meanwhile, when union boss Brian D'Arcy was approached by a Daily News reporter on the subject, he told her, "Get away from me, go away."

A data system set to launch on Oct. 8 will allow Angelenos to track city services in their neighborhood, like 911 response times and how long it takes to clean up graffiti, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is about changing the relationship between mayors and his cabinet, and finding people who share my sense of urgency, working with them to develop a better sense of accountability and metrics, and rewarding their innovation," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The city of Los Angeles is considering a plan to turn over 24 city-owned garages to private operators, reports the Daily News. The move is opposed by union members. "When you get down to the numbers and get down to the nitty gritty, I’m not sure you are going to save a lot of money," according to the political director of SEIU Local 721.

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds a majority of state residents support the legalization of marijuana, reports KPCC. The poll also found that just 53 percent support the Affordable Care Act.

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