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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti talks to KPCC, more harassment allegations at City Hall, the cost of a downtown streetcar

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum last night on topics ranging from earthquake safety to federal funding to his philosophy of public service. Here's a writeup and the full audio.

City Hall is facing a second sexual harassment lawsuit, this time against the chief of staff to L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander. A former field deputy alleges the chief of staff made inappropriate and offensive jokes, and she says the councilman allowed a culture of "discriminatory and harassing conduct," per LAObserved.

The campaign of Carolyn Ramsay, a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council's Fourth District, says it has raised $50,000 and received endorsements from Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell. Last week another CD 4 candidate, Teddy Davis, announced support from former state Sen. David Roberti. The election isn't until 2015.

The staff of L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar acknowledges to the Los Angeles Times that a downtown streetcar will likely cost a lot more than the original estimate of $125 million. One staffer called it a "back-of-the-envelope" figure, even though downtown voters were asked last year to approve a new property tax to partially fund the streetcar.



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