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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP accounting, LAPD's private donations, a Q&A with the county coroner

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Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff is seeking $1 million in private donations to start up a program that will outfit LAPD officers with body cameras and microphones.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 2, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The new Board of Water and Power Commissioners is demanding financial records that will show a clearer picture of how DWP funds are spent by two trusts. "I'm still not clear if there are internal training programs within DWP, why are these additional ones needed? I still don't understand why you had to create these two institutes," Commissioner Jill Banks Barad told the DWP's top brass. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News.

Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff is seeking $1 million in private donations to jump-start a plan that will outfit LAPD officers with body cameras, according to the Los Angeles Times. So far the Dodgers have given $250,000 toward that effort.

Los Angeles Times writer and KPCCer Patt Morrison does a Q&A with Los Angeles County's new coroner. "It takes a certain type of individual to work in the profession, it truly does. You have to be able to divorce the horrors that we see here from what we do when we go home," says Mark Fajardo.

The Downtown News looks at seven City Hall-related columns never written. These include thoughts on former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the DWP and a couple City Hall limericks.

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne gives his thoughts on the designs for Grand Avenue's Parcel Q. "The recent uncertainty may turn out to be a good thing for the project and its architecture. It may make a lackluster or ill-advised design less likely to win approval or move uninterrupted toward construction," he writes.

The Daily News looks at how the federal shutdown is impacting Southern California.

Pressers

Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce's Access City Hall event at 9 a.m.

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